GREEN BAY, Wisconsin (AP) Starting safety Darnell Savage injured his hamstring Friday during the Green Bay Packers’ traditional “family night” practice at Lambeau Field.
During a one-on-one matchup between the receiver and defensive back early in practice, Savage pulled up Amari Rodgers as he tried to cover. The 2019 first-round draft pick Savage watched the rest of practice from the sideline with ice wrapped around his right leg.
“I don’t think it matters,” said Savage. “It’s an injury to a fast person. Some things are unavoidable. I’ll handle it the right way, listen to the people out there, and I’ll be fine.”
Early in training camp, Green Bay’s defense did mostly well with an offense led by four-time MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers, but has adapted to play without All-Pro receiver Davante Adams. Vernon Scott replaced Savage in the lineup and the strong play on defense continued.
During the red zone period, the first offense played inside the 10-yard line seven times, but only scored once. Rodgers compressed a touchdown pass to tight end Marcedes Ruiz against tight cover from rookie linebacker Key Walker on the second play.
Then safety Adrian Amos broke a pass to Randall Cobb, linebacker Devondle Campbell stopped Aaron Jones with a jet-sweep style flip from Rodgers, and safety Sean Davis made it to Allen Lazard. He almost intercepted the pass and dropped Jones with a run from defensive tackle Dean Lowry.
“I think there are some things that we’re doing a great job and there are a lot of things we can improve on,” coach Matt Raffler said. One is consistency with stopping runs, and I think they’ve done a pretty good job defending passes, especially deep balls, and not giving up a lot of the big plays on the field.
At the start of camp, Rodgers predicted that the offense would “kick us in the butt most days” with the team’s best defense since winning the Super Bowl in 2010. The Packers re-signed Campbell and cornerback Rasul his Douglas. They acquired defensive tackle Jalan Reed in free agency and added Walker and defensive tackle Devonte Wyatt in the first round of the draft.
Meanwhile, Green Bay’s offense has struggled without Adams, who was traded to the Raiders in February, and offensive linemen David Bakhtiari and Ergton Jenkins, who are recovering from torn ACLs.
“It’s a double-edged sword,” says LaFleur. “I hope our defense is really solid and very difficult to deal with. I think the only area we have to improve is our initial consistency. I think we have a pretty good defensive front, our front sevens are pretty salty so I hope they do better on our offense. It doesn’t matter if they’re there, they have to get the job done and we’ll have to start looking at improvements in the preseason games starting next week.”
The Packers start preseason in San Francisco on Friday night.
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