GREEN BAY - After a season in which the Green Bay Packers’ wide receivers looked like they were new to the art of running routes, they are starting from Page One of the receiving manual.
Appointed to full-time receivers coach this off-season, Luke Getsy has emptied his closet of all the training tools he’s accumulated over his years of coaching in the college ranks and is having his group do things they probably haven’t done since high school.
Some of them they’ve probably never done.
Like catching a tennis ball while covering up one eye.
“It’s just eye-hand coordination, training each eye,” Getsy said Friday. “That’s all. We’re all eye dominant, and you’re just training the dominant eye and you’re training the less-dominant eye.”
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That’s just one example of some of the things the receivers do when the team breaks into position groups and works on fundamentals. They’re working against a blocking dummy with arms to simulate press coverage, catching foam bricks and catching endless fade routes.
There will be more to come.
“I’m young in my career so hopefully a lot more, but I don’t know if you can get much more creative than what I’ve been doing,” Getsy said. “We’ll keep trying.
“The road that I’ve taken you get different ideas from different people and talk to the guys and say, ‘Hey, how can we make a drill better?’ Some of the stuff those guys have come up with, too. It’s not just me. Those guys are creative, too.
“I think they see them as something that could help them. I don’t know if they enjoy them or not enjoy them, but they’re definitely willing to do them and they’re attacking them and I think they feel it can help them.”
Two players who have drawn a lot of attention this camp are rookie Trevor Davis and veteran Davante Adams, Davis for the fast start he's had and Adams for any evidence that he's overcome his sophomore slump.
Of Davis, Getsy said: "Trevor, since the day he got here he does a great job of attacking everything. He works really hard in the classroom, it matters a lot to him and you guys have probably spoken to him, too, he wants to do good not just for himself but for this football team. He wants to learn as much as he can from Aaron and from me and from the other guys in the room. He’s a sponge right now, and it’s paying off for him.
And Adams: "I think he’s had a good start. He’s come back with a fire behind him. He’s attacking the meeting room, he’s attacking the practice field, individual periods, everything. There’s a fire lit inside of him and he’s ready to rock and roll. He’s got to continue to grow every single day though."