Two-minute drill clicks on Family Night

65,000+ fans are in attendance for open Packers practice
By: 
Luke Reimer
Correspondent

A total of 65,222 fans filled Lambeau Field on Aug. 5 as the Green Bay Packers once again hosted their popular Family Night.

While it is no more than a practice, those in attendance and those watching on television were able to get their first glimpse of what can be expected from the team this season.

The highlight of Family Night came late in practice during the team’s scheduled two-minute drill. The drive started as quarterback Jordan Love connected with tight end Luke Musgrave for a 42-yard reception on the first play. Eventually, the drive and practice capped off with a 22-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Christian Watson, who out-jumped corner Corey Ballentine on the sideline in the end zone.

With the exception of some expected growing pains, the offense as a whole looked to be clicking. With one of the youngest offenses in the NFL, a strong showing on Family Night may foreshadow what is to come this season.

“I thought today was a pretty good day for the offense,” said wide receiver Romeo Doubs. “I know there are some things to clean up, but that was a pretty good day for the O.”

While Love missed a few deep throws, he showed his arm talent with a side-arm throw, while rolling to his left, which resulted in a touchdown reception from running back Aaron Jones. Doubs spoke positively about what he saw from Love during practice.

“I thought Jordan did really good throughout this entire day,” said Doubs. “He took the shots that he wanted to take. It was really clean in two-minute, and we moved the ball really good. The red zone was really good. I know he’s willing to get better like the rest of us.”

While the play on the field had its ups and downs, many of the players, both new and old, stopped to take in the atmosphere of what Family Night is like in Green Bay.

“It was amazing, honestly,” said rookie wide receiver Jayden Reed. “All of the fans for a practice — that was amazing. You usually get that for a game, but that was just a practice. So that was really great to see all of the fans there cheering us on and supporting us.”

Doubs, who experienced his second Family Night practice, explained that he was just as amazed this year as last year with the turnout and energy from the hometown fans.

“It is the most unique thing that I have ever been a part of,” said Doubs. “Just being able to have 60,000 to come watch the team practice kind of just shows how much they care about the organization, so I am just happy to be a part of it.”

With all of the festivities over, Doubs explained that his sights are set on the future and looking to continue the transition with Love at quarterback.

“I thought today was pretty solid,” said Doubs. “I am just looking forward to keep that grinding mindset going.”

lreimer@newmedia-wi.com