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Roll out the reaction 7/28 | Five newcomers for the Green Bay Packers I’m eager to watch

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Roll out the reaction is back! Patrick Kotnik discusses five newcomers for the Green Bay Packers he’s eager to watch as training camp gets underway.  

WRs Christian Watson and Sammy Watkins

Well, I should probably discuss these two together since they’re both starting training camp on the PUP list. 

It’s no secret that there are question marks when it comes to the wide receiver group for the Green Bay Packers. Honestly, I’m eager to see how this entire group performs during training camp from Christian Watson to Sammy Watkins to Romeo Doubs and Samori Toure. 

But behind presumably the team’s top receiver in Allen Lazard, all eyes will be on Watson and Watkins. The Green Bay Packers have a strong reputation for finding quality receivers in the second round of the NFL Draft, but some of those guys (like Davante Adams) didn’t become the star they are today instantly. Watson will have an opportunity right away to show what he can do. Others like Adams and Jordy Nelson didn’t necessarily have to step up right away since the Packers already had studs at receiver like Donald Driver, Greg Jennings and James Jones.

Watkins is on a mission to play at the same high level that made him a crucial piece of Kansas City’s Super Bowl run during the 2019-20 season.

Luckily for these receivers, the reigning back-to-back league MVP is under center.

OL Zach Tom

Death, taxes and the Green Bay Packers finding quality offensive linemen late in the NFL Draft. Will Zach Tom follow in the footsteps of those such as Corey Linsley, David Bakhtiari and Jon Runyan?

Time will always tell of course, but Tom is another rookie who may have an opportunity to see quality snaps in his rookie season with Bakhtiari still inactive and Elgton Jenkins also recovering from an ACL injury, though Jenkins is ahead of schedule. 

 

Versatile linemen are a beautiful thing. The Wake Forest product can play tackle and guard and Green Bay’s front office knows you can’t have enough quality offensive lineman. At the very least, he will provide depth for the most important position groups on the football field. 

LB Quay Walker 

Tampa Bay showed how crucial having dominant linebackers is en route to their Super Bowl win during the 2020-21 season. 

It was no secret the Green Bay Packers needed athletic inside linebackers following their blowout loss to the 49ers in the 2019 NFC Championship Game. They finally got their answer in De’Vondre Campbell last season but is Walker, a first-round pick, another missing piece that can elevate this defense?

Walker will get the opportunity to show what he’s made of early on. He’s already practicing with the starters and he may bolster an already tough-looking Green Bay Packers defense. Playing alongside Campbell could draw comparisons to Tampa’s Lavonte David and Devin White. 

P Pat O’Donnell

Who didn’t enjoy O’Donnell’s posts with Mason Crosby?

Putting a punter on this list is kind of a stretch, I get that — considering O’Donnell will make or break his time with the Green Bay Packers by what happens on the field — especially on the frozen tundra in a few months. I will admit I got too excited and optimistic early on last season with Corey Bojorquez’s play. 

But it’ll still be interesting to see how special teams look over the course of training camp and the preseason led by Rich Bisaccia — O’Donnell will certainly be an important piece to the puzzle and his previous experience kicking in cold weather in Chicago should come in handy.

If you’re the Green Bay Packers, things can’t get any worse on this side of the ball…right?

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