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Love returns to do individual drills at practice, Packers make roster moves

The reported release of LB Kamal Martin is a surprise after what he showed in 2020 camp
Published: Aug. 23, 2021 at 4:13 PM CDT
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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - Quarterback Jordan Love returned to the field at the Packers’ training camp practice Monday, taking part in individual drills only, not taking any 11-on-11 work.

Coach Matt LaFleur has said that was the plan, with hopes that Love can do more extensive work on Tuesday.

Also Monday, the Packers made some roster moves ahead of Tuesday’s 3:00 p.m. deadline to trim the roster to 80 players.

Green Bay offically announced it has released TE Daniel Crawford. But it is a move that is not yet official that was more surprising: the Packers’ release of 2nd-year ILB Kamal Martin. Last year’s 5th-round draft pick drew rave reviews at this time last year, but is now off the roster, according to Cover 2 contributor Rob Demovsky.

According to the Baltimore Sun, the Packers are also trading CB Ka’Dar Hollman to the Texans for a 2022 7th-round draft pick.

On the offensive line in practice, rookie Royce Newman and veteran Lucas Patrick were seen swapping reps at left guard and right guard.

Roster hopefuls from the un-drafted ranks are looking forward to Saturday’s final preseason game against the Bills to make their final arguments for roster spots.

“I mean you get an opportunity every time you step on the field, every day,” said rookie defensive lineman Jack Heflin. “That’s all I’m trying to do, just stack days and in every meeting, just learn something new. I don’t know where I stand. I’m just trying to give them a reason to keep me. Just anything to develop around here in Green Bay.”

Knowing the Packers’ penchant for keeping un-drafted players and giving them a shot, many of the rookies targeted Titletown to compete in camp.

“Before the draft me and my agent were talking, like if you don’t get drafted, where do you want to go?” said safety Jack Uphoff. “I was like Green Bay. I tell myself, you know, you’re just playing a game. It’s just a game and whatever happens, happens as long as you work your butt off and give it all you’ve got. You ain’t got nothing to be ashamed of.”

LaFleur is keenly aware of the pressure building for his players on the roster fringes.

“I think these guys understand the ramifications of cuts in this league,” LaFleur said. “Every time you go out on that field you are being evaluated, whether it is one play or you are playing 60 plays. The guys understand the importance of every play and try to maximize each opportunity that they get to go out there, and making sure that they continually get better.”

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