Packers rookie is already turning heads at minicamp

Green Bay Packers head coach Matt LaFleur and general manager Brian Gutekunst
Green Bay Packers head coach Matt LaFleur and general manager Brian Gutekunst / Mark Hoffman / Milwaukee Journal

Green Bay Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst is making a habit of finding immediate contributors in the NFL Draft.

Gutekunst struck gold last season, with Jayden Reed, Luke Musgrave, Tucker Kraft, Dontayvion Wicks, Karl Brooks, and Carrington Valentine playing starring roles in their rookie seasons. The Packers hope for similar success again this year.

Third-round pick MarShawn Lloyd has a chance to land a significant role early on.

Lloyd adds something different to Matt LaFleur's offense than Josh Jacobs and AJ Dillon. His speed and home-run ability should get him on the field regularly, and not just as a change-of-pace back. Lloyd can quickly become the No. 2 in this offense behind Jacobs, which will lead to a significant share of the carries.

The rookie is off to an impressive start at minicamp.

Rookie MarShawn Lloyd is turning heads at Packers minicamp

The Packers are wrapping up their final minicamp practices before heading off for the summer. Lloyd is ending the offseason program on a positive note, giving the Packers a glimpse of the impact he can make in his rookie season.

"MarShawn Lloyd is seriously so f'n quick," Packer Report's Andy Herman wrote during Tuesday's practice. "It's so impressive. Just made a sick juke in the open field."

Herman wasn't the only one who was impressed.

"Lloyd has been getting some oohs and ahhs from his teammates today running the ball," writes The Athletic's Matt Schneidman.

Everything is in place for Lloyd to immediately become a huge part of the Packers' offense.

He gets to run behind a talented offensive line. Jacobs will take the majority of the carries and can wear defenses down. On top of that, opponents have to worry about Jordan Love, Christian Watson, and all of the Packers' receiving options, which should lead to lighter boxes. With Jacobs and Dillon able to tire defenses, Lloyd's speed and ability in the open field will lead to big plays.

And he is making a good early impression on the practice field.

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