5 things learned at Packers training camp – August 30


3. The best players have continued to perform at a high level.

Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Za’Darius Smith and Rashan Gary, three of the most talked about players this summer, ended camp on a high note.

Through 12 training sessions, Valdes-Scantling has established himself as more than just a downstream threat. The third-year wide receiver played a huge role in the offense as he moved the sticks on Sunday, running clean roads to the sideline to convert multiple third and fourth down situations.

“Marquez has put together a pretty cohesive and solid camp and I’m really proud of his efforts,” said LaFleur. “I think he’s been in it. I think he’s a lot more skilled than a year ago at understanding the details of what we’re trying to do. And it has shown improvement, in all aspects. ”

Gary, the Packers’ first-round pick from a year ago, continued to be a handful for offensive linemen in one-on-one passing drills and had at least two “sacks” over the course of. 11 against 11.

Smith hasn’t looked worse for wear since returning from an undisclosed injury last week. He won a one-on-one rep by rushing from the inside and disrupted several running and passing games during team times.

“Defensively, I thought our passing race had arrived,” said LaFleur. “I think there were a few games in there that definitely could have been considered a sack if we had gone to live where the guys did. “


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