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5 things learned at Packers training camp – July…

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5 things learned at Packers training camp – July...

GREEN BAY – The Packers were back out at Ray Nitschke Field on Thursday for their second practice of training camp, a non-padded session that lasted 1 hour, 42 minutes.

Here are five things we learned.

1. The Packers plan to keep rotating on the offensive line.

Head Coach Matt LaFleur told reporters in his pre-practice news conference that the team plans to mix up its starting configuration on the O-line during the early portion of camp.

True to form, Green Bay inserted rookie Zach Tom at left tackle with the first-team offense on Thursday, slid Yosh Nijman to right tackle and bumped Royce Newman inside to right guard.

Center Josh Myers and left guard Jon Runyan remained at their respective stations, while Jake Hanson spelled Myers as the No. 2 center after lining up at right guard with the starters Wednesday.

“You’re going to see a lot of different combinations, especially early on in camp, and just allowing guys to compete,” LaFleur said. “We’ll try to find the best five to go out there and help us win.”

The Packers are keeping all options on the table, especially at tackle with David Bakhtiari and Elgton Jenkins currently on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list.

Tom was the new face on the starting offensive line. The 6-foot-4, 304-pound lineman started at both center and left tackle at Wake Forest. His versatility was seen as a huge strength when the Packers drafted him in the fourth round this past April.

When Tom was told to jump in with the starters as the No. 1 left tackle on Thursday, the rookie saw it as a major opportunity.

“I wanted to go out there and show what I can do,” Tom said. “That develops trust. I want to be somebody that they can trust to put on the field. That’s the goal here.”

Meanwhile, Nijman lined up Thursday at the right tackle spot many expected him to be at coming into camp. The former undrafted free agent started eight games at left tackle last year as the third option following injuries to Bakhtiari and Jenkins.

With Nijman at right tackle, Newman moved back to his previous post at right guard. The 2021 fourth-round pick played both spots at Ole Miss but started 16 games at right guard for Green Bay as a rookie, leading the O-line with 1,084 snaps.

“It’s just getting used to the practice reps at right tackle,” Newman said. “It’s two different speeds, inside and outside, so it’s just kind of getting used to the speed outside.”