January 20, 2022

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Preston Smith has ‘played with maximum effort all…

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Preston Smith has ‘played with maximum effort all...



GREEN BAY – The Packers’ coordinators and defensive assistant coaches met with the media over the past couple of days. Here’s a sampling of their key comments.

Offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett

On Davante Adams pushing the receivers harder:

He is an unbelievable leader on this team. Voted captain, and he has taken that role very seriously. That room has so much pride, and Davante already has so much pride in himself, and he definitely puts that on those guys in that room. When things aren’t going perfect or going as well as he thinks they should, he addresses it. When a guy like that talks, and is able to speak to those guys, they listen. They’re going to try to raise up their level.

More on Adams and lining him up different places:

I like to feel like there’s infinite spots on the field. You just try to be as creative as you possibly can, wherever you need to find a way to get him open. He’s a guy you have to get the ball to, somehow, some way. I want to say it’s a challenge, but because he’s such a great route runner and has such a great understanding of the game, it’s actually a little bit easier than you think. We just have to move him around, give him some new routes, and then he captures it. We can give him a route that he might not have run a bunch, and he’ll be perfect at it.

More on the WR room in general:

To be able to have a great offense, you have to have real tough guys and real intelligent guys. That’s the starting point. When we have those two things, that intelligence level that we have in that room, Aaron and I always talk about it, and Matt (LaFleur) and (Luke) Getsy, is smart players make great players. Because you can have all the talent in the world, but if you don’t have that ability to know those nuances, then it’s very hard to do. It’s such a credit to that room, credit to Coach Vrable and Ruvell (Martin).

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