Packers Rookie Rashan Gary’s Stock Continues to Rise
When the Green Bay Packers drafted Rashan Gary, people met it with criticism. There were people that did not like the move for the Packers, especially where they drafted him at… Number 12. To be fair, he was one of the biggest enigmas in the draft last season. People didn’t know what to do with him. Some had him as a top 10 pick, others had him going in the late first round. When mock draft enigmas get drafted to your team, people are quick to criticize because the groupthink on this guy is usually not a positive one. Former Michigan standout is making a lot of people believe this training camp. He continues to impress day in and day out. There’s a real chance he could be in the starting lineup when Green Bay takes the field in September.
This article from The Athletic yesterday about Gary’s relationship with Z’Darius Smith should warm your heart. Not because it is a veteran working with a rookie, rather, the Packers rookie is reaching out to get help versus trying to do on his own. In society and sports, people try to do it on their own and not seek out advice from their ‘elders’. It comes back to bite them in the ass more times than not. This is a really cool read. It is hard not to be excited about what the Packers defense could bring to the table this year.
I said to a buddy over the weekend as Packers first-round pick continued to put on a show that maybe Gary was like a one-and-done player in college who did not fit with the system. We see all the time in college basketball a player that goes to school for a year, doesn’t play all that effectively but then has a great rookie season in the NBA. Part of me feels like that is Rashan Gary. Maybe, Michigan didn’t work for him. Or he just was too good for college football leading to some immaturity. Now, that he is actually in the league, Gary seems ready to rock.
I could not be more excited about this defense.