Tripp is a third-generation football player, following his father and grandfather’s steps by lettering at Montana. He came to the Packers last season after being cut by Seahawks and immediately jumped onto the official 53. The reason to watch him is he is a young athletic linebacker with the potential to start in this league. In practice leading up to the game against Washington, Tripp made a nice interception off Brett Hundley. Even though he has been relatively quiet throughout training camp, if he can show that he can do his job and make some plays, he may have a spot on this team. Along with his special teams play.
With Ty Montgomery more than likely being on the sideline against Washington after missing the week of practice to injury, look for the new running backs to get more opportunities. Including packers fourth round pick, Jamaal Williams. At the beginning of the college season, there was talk that Williams could be a second round pick. The talk slowed down and the Packers got him in the 4th round. He’s a physical back that has good speed and like most physical backs tends to get stronger later in the games. He has also made good plays through out training camp. With a good game against Washington he could be one step closer to being the starter.
Mays was the first of the Packers two 7th round picks this year. He’s big back from Utah State that should have been drafted much earlier if he would have been able to play the full senior season that was derailed by knee and ankle injuries. After being snubbed by not receiving an invite to the combine, Mays blew up at his pro day. He posted a beastly 40.5 inch vertical leap, ran a great 4.5 second 40-yard dash and has 420-pound bench to his name. Watching his highlights alone leaves you excited to see what he can do. Mays also has confidence in himself.
“It’s hard not being one of those guys they talk about, like a Leonard Fournette,” “I know I should be mentioned with those guys.” -Mays
Hawkins played football at Eastern Carolina, he went undrafted in 2016. He posted phenomenal numbers at his pro day, including a 4.3 40-yard dash and a great 40.5 inch vertical leap. This alone isn’t a reason to watch him in the 2nd preseason game. It’s the fact that he lined up with the starters this week. Which is a huge dish of confidence. In light of Damarius Randall being in concussion protocol, expect Hawkins to take his early reps.
I think if he doesn’t continue to make plays he might not make the team. Even with his special teams ability. I was once on the Jeff Janis bandwagon but he always seems to make plays in the preseason but never gets time in the regular season. So it’s tough to tell if making plays will be enough to make the team. At the same time Packers star, Jordy Nelson, took 4 years to blow up. Maybe Janis will follow suit.