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Packers' Amari Rodgers contends for bigger role in 2nd year

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Amari Rodgers has wasted no time showing he’s capable of delivering the big plays missing during his disappointing rookie season. Rodgers had a 22-yard touchdown catch and a 50-yard kickoff return Friday in a 28-21 preseason loss to the San Francisco 49ers. Rodgers caught a pass around the line of scrimmage and raced down the sideline before diving into the end zone on his touchdown. That follows a rookie season in which he had no touchdowns and didn’t have a gain from scrimmage of more than 19 yards or a return of more than 27 yards.

Packers' Jenkins, Tonyan, Watson coming off PUP list

The Green Bay Packers are getting some good news on their collection of players coming back from knee injuries. Packers coach Matt LaFleur says offensive lineman Elgton Jenkins, tight end Robert Tonyan and rookie wide receiver Christian Watson are coming off the physically unable to perform list. That will allow each of them to participate in workouts. LaFleur cautioned that “it's just like the next step in the process” and that they wouldn't be doing team drills yet.

Preseason gives Packers chance to measure QB Love's progress

Green Bay Packers quarterback Jordan Love believes he has something to prove after producing so-so results while backing up reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers last season. The 2020 first-round pick from Utah State has looked more comfortable in training camp as he enters his third season. Love has a chance to show how far he’s come Friday as he starts the Packers’ preseason opener at San Francisco. Rodgers didn’t play at all in the 2021 preseason and won’t play Friday. Packers coach Matt LaFleur hasn’t said yet whether Rodgers will get any preseason snaps.

Training camp performance raises hopes for Packers defense

More than a decade has passed since the Green Bay Packers had a defense that could be described as elite. This could be the year that changes. Reigning MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers conceded at the start of training camp that the offense could take its lumps early as it faces a defense that didn’t allow a single touchdown in a 13-10 NFC divisional playoff loss to the San Francisco 49ers. That’s pretty much been the case. The defense's performance in training camp has raised hopes it can build off the momentum it established in the postseason.

Packers experimenting on O-line with Bakhtiari, Jenkins out

The uncertain status of their top two blockers has caused the Green Bay Packers to experiment with different offensive line combinations in training camp. That shuffling could continue right up to the start of the season. David Bakhtiari still isn’t practicing as he recovers from a torn left anterior cruciate ligament that caused him to miss nearly the entire 2021 season. Elgton Jenkins tore his left ACL last November. That has forced the Packers to capitalize on the versatility of their remaining linemen by putting them in various spots. Packers coach Matt LaFleur acknowledges it has been a learning process.

Packers' rookie review: Doubs stands out while Watson waits

This was supposed to be the training camp in which Christian Watson showcased why the Green Bay Packers traded up in the second round to take the wide receiver from North Dakota State. It hasn’t quite worked out that way. Watson underwent knee surgery earlier this summer and hasn’t been available for any of the Packers’ training camp workouts thus far. Fourth-round pick Romeo Doubs instead has been the rookie making the case he merits a featured role on a receiving group that lost two-time All-Pro Davante Adams and Marquez Valdes-Scantling during the offseason.

Adams' exit provides chance for Packers' Lazard to step up

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Allen Lazard enters the final year of his contract knowing he will probably get more targets than ever now that former teammate Davante Adams is with the Las Vegas Raiders. That ought to give Lazard more incentive than ever. He already needed tremendous drive just to survive in the NFL as an undrafted free agent from Iowa State. Lazard was cut by the Jacksonville Jaguars as a rookie. He didn’t initially make the Packers’ 53-man roster the following year. Now he has a chance to emerge as the No. 1 receiver for a Super Bowl contender.

AP source: Packers' LaFleur, Gutekunst, Ball get extensions

A person familiar with the deals says the Green Bay Packers have agreed to contract extensions with coach Matt LaFleur, general manager Brian Gutekunst and executive vice president/director of football operations Russ Ball. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deals haven’t been announced. ESPN first reported the extensions. The Packers have posted a 39-10 regular-season record and 41-13 overall mark in LaFleur’s three seasons as coach while winning the NFC North in each of those years. Gutekunst took over as the Packers’ general manager in January 2018.

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