Edgerrin Cooper and Kalen King are already turning heads at Packers rookie minicamp

The Packers' rookies didn't take long to make an impact.
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It's only rookie minicamp, and there's a long way to go before the Green Bay Packers' new additions are making plays in real games, but it's still exciting to hear updates from the practice field.

Green Bay hosted its rookie class for the opening day of its minicamp on Friday. The idea is to introduce the players to their new teammates and coaches, get some early on-field work, and learn about the expectations moving forward.

It's also an opportunity to make a play or two on the practice field, which is especially important for the rookie tryouts aiming to secure a spot on the roster for training camp.

There were plenty of positive takeaways from the opening day of rookie minicamp. Several draft picks said Jordan Love reached out after the Packers selected them, which is another example of his incredible leadership.

On the practice field, a few names stood out after making some impressive plays.

Packers rookies Edgerrin Cooper and Kalen King make a fast start to minicamp

There are three names to be aware of after Day 1 of rookie minicamp: Edgerrin Cooper, Kalen King, and Dimitri Stanley.

Second-round pick Cooper arrives in Green Bay with high expectations. He will play a significant role in Jeff Hafley's defense and was viewed as the best linebacker in the draft class. And we're already seeing why.

Cooper made two big plays on the practice field. According to Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Cooper made a one-handed interception. He also returned a fumble recovery for a touchdown.

According to Wes Hodkiewicz of the Packers' official website, it was King who forced the fumble. It's early, but that's the exact type of play King needs to make to have a shot at making the roster and contributing as a rookie.

Hodkiewicz added that King was getting work as the nickel corner, which is noteworthy. A move inside could be exactly what King needs to maximize his strengths in Hafley's defense.

"I think there is zero reason Kalen can't be a 10-year nickel in this league and a very good one," Packer Report's Ross Uglem wrote last week.

The other name to watch is wide receiver Dimitri Stanley, who is among the rookie tryout players at camp. He may have earned himself a spot on the 90-man roster ahead of OTAs.

"Dimitri Stanley with a sick one handed catch in team. We have our tryout rookie minicamp hidden gem of the year," writes Andy Herman of the Pack-a-Day Podcast.

Head coach Matt LaFleur referenced the catch when asked about discussions of which tryout players they may sign. The Packers often have a young receiver emerge during the offseason, and Stanley has made a promising start.

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