Green Bay Packers Training Camp Highlights – Practice 5

Bill Huber

In the video, watch Blake Martinez and the Green Bay Packers’ linebackers go through tackling drills and Aaron Jones and the running backs go through pass-protection work during Tuesday’s practice at Ray Nitschke Field.

The Packers will not have any live tackling during training camp. That skill will have to be honed during the four preseason games.

“I think there’s maybe some times where you can have opportunistic times to do it, you know, but, hey, getting to September healthy obviously is the main concern of all of us,” general manager Brian Gutekunst said before Tuesday’s practice. “If we can get done what we need to get done without guys on the ground, I think that’s kind of the goal.”

Defensive coordinator Mike Pettine believes his players are taking the right steps to be a good tackling team without endangering anybody on the practice field.

"Our position coaches, as part of their individual period at the beginning of practice ,they work some form of tackling every day,” Pettine said on Monday. “It’s the hardest thing in the NFL defensively for that exact reason: The only real tackling reps that we’re going to get in the preseason are in games. But you drill it enough and you’re constantly talking about it. 

"We have to get creative, but I think the position coaches all have a variety of drills that they use. You never know what kind of tackling team you’re going to have until you get to the games, but I’d be surprised if we’re not pretty good at it."

With Jamaal Williams sidelined, new running backs Corey Grant and Darrin Hall worked with Jones, Tra Carson and fullbacks Danny Vitale and Malcolm Johnson.