Packers: Three takeaways from first training camp practice

Green Bay Packers, Tyler Ervin (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Green Bay Packers, Tyler Ervin
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2. Tyler Ervin at wide receiver?

Tyler Ervin’s biggest impact last season was helping turn things around in the return game on special teams, but Matt LaFleur also began to find ways to use Ervin creatively on offense. After re-signing Ervin this offseason, it always seemed a possibility we’d see more of him on offense this season.

The early signs seem to point to that being the case. According to Andy Herman of Cheesehead TV, Ervin was working with the wide receivers at practice on Saturday.

That’s quite an interesting takeaway from the first day of practice. What does this mean for his role in 2020? We’ll likely see Ervin lined up at multiple positions, out wide, in the slot, and in the backfield. His versatility will make him a valuable part of the offense.

But does the fact he’s spending time with the receivers and not running backs indicate that he’ll spend more time catching passes than rushing? Will Ervin make the roster as a receiver and not be used much as a running back, opening the door for Dexter Williams to earn a roster spot?

There are more questions we don’t yet know the answer to, but it’s certainly interesting. LaFleur has a plan on how to use Ervin this season, and he can definitely help the offense.