Rookie defensive lineman TJ Slaton has been as good as everyone could’ve hoped in his first training camp. The fifth-round pick was brought in to strengthen the defensive line, particularly against the run, and he’s impressed so far.
Slaton is 6-foot-4, 330 pounds, and he’s incredibly strong. After putting in some impressive performances on the practice field, Slaton was able to match that in the preseason opener last week. He finished the game with four tackles, including three solo tackles, and showed his potential.
With some injuries along the defensive line at points during camp, Slaton has been able to get some valuable first-team reps at practice, which will only help his development.
How many snaps Slaton gets initially in the regular season remains to be seen, but there’s no doubt he will have a role to play in Joe Barry’s defense moving forward. Slaton always had a good chance of making the roster after being drafted in the fifth round, but he’s ensured there’s no doubt he’s a roster lock with his impressive performances over the summer.
Expect to see Slaton on early downs regularly this season. If his summer performances are anything to go by, he can be a productive player for the Packers’ defense.