Yes, I know the Green Bay Packers are just three practices in and there is ‘still a lotta ballgame left’ in the words of Aaron Nagler, but we are still learning some things about this roster.
Plus, there’s plenty to be excited about following Packers beat writers on Twitter for two hours out of the day.
So after following said beat writers, let’s take a look at whose stock is up, and whose is down after three days of training camp in Green Bay.
Stock up – Juwann Winfree
What are you talking about there’s no room for a sixth wide receiver? The Packers seemingly have five spots at receiver locked up with Davante Adams, Allen Lazard, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Randall Cobb, and Amari Rodgers. But they might have to make room for Juwann Winfree.
Winfree opened some eyes during OTAs and continues to do that in training camp as well. According to reporters on Twitter, Winfree made some very nice plays during the second day of camp, including a play where he beat the whole first-team defense for a huge play.
If Winfree keeps this type of play up, it’s going to be hard to cut him. Brian Gutekunst may have a difficult decision to make at the end of camp.
Stock down – Funchess, St. Brown, and Begelton
Going hand-in-hand with Winfree’s stock, someone has to be on the losing end of his success. The Packers may not even keep a sixth receiver, but with Winfree doing what he’s doing, Devin Funchess, Equanimeous St. Brown, and Reggie Begelton really face an uphill battle to make this roster.
Even Bailey Gaither is making some notable plays and is being mentioned more than these three. It’s a crowded receiving room and most of the spots are already locked up. There’s a long way to go and three preseason games to be played, but it looks like these three are on the outside looking in as of right now.
Stock up – TJ Slaton
Everything I’ve seen and read about TJ Slaton so far has been impressive. When you read words like ‘immovable object’ and ‘monster of a human’ about a defensive tackle, you tend to get excited. The Packers’ interior run defense has been lacking the past few seasons and it’s about time the Packers got Kenny Clark some help.
If Slaton can keep this up, I don’t doubt we’ll see him often in the regular season helping solidify the defensive line in 2021.
Stock up – Jaire Alexander
Jaire Alexander is hands down one of the best corners in the league. In fact, “Madden 22” just released their ratings and he is the third-highest rated corner in the game with a 95 overall rating, behind Jalen Ramsey (99 overall), and Stephon Gilmore (97 overall).
I’d argue Jaire > Ramsey, but my bias might be showing.
Alexander has been doing his normal Alexander things in practice too. He’s made a few nice plays and is letting his offensive counterparts know about it.
People talk about Ramsey being confident in his game, but I think Jaire can give him a run for his money in that department as well. The Packers need to lock him up soon, and I mean real soon before his stock gets any higher.
Stock down – Packer beat writers
Talk about embarrassing. The big, but short-lived news Thursday morning was the emergence of Packers left tackle, David Bakhtiari. Several Packers beat writers tweeted pictures of Bakhtiari in uniform and warming up for practice.
They quickly realized they had been tricked and it was actually the newly-signed tackle, Dennis Kelly, in Bak’s uniform.
To be fair, they do look remarkably similar.
We are just three days in, but it feels good to have Packers training camp up and rolling again. We are under 50 days until kickoff in Week 1.
Go Pack Go.