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Family Night an important stepping stone for Packers

Packers players, especially rookies who have never played at Lambeau Field, are excited for Friday's game-like atmosphere.
Posted: 9:58 PM, Aug 01, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-01 23:39:32-04
Rodgers & LaFleur

GREEN BAY (WGBA) — At just one hour and 34 minutes, the Packers had their shortest practice of training camp on Thursday, but head coach Matt LaFleur said there is a reason for that: go light on Thursday, so the team can ramp up its intensity in front of a nearly-sold-out Lambeau Field on Friday.

At 7:00 p.m. Friday, the Packers will take to Lambeau for the first time, practicing in front of 70,000-plus fans for their annual “Family Night.”
It may be “just a practice,” but it is also an important stepping stone in the preseason process – especially for the rookies.

“The most fun for me is to watch the guys come out of the tunnel,” quarterback Aaron Rodgers said Thursday. “Seeing the guys look around at a packed Lambeau… it’s pretty special.”

“I look forward to it, but I definitely look forward to it for the younger guys,” Davante Adams, now in his sixth year with the Packers, said. “It’s always a really good deal.”

During his press conference early Thursday afternoon, head coach Matt LaFleur said he was still putting the finishing touches on the practice script.

The head coach said he is looking forward to seeing how his younger players react to the game-like situation.

“I think it’s a good opportunity for our guys – especially our guys who haven’t been in that type of environment yet, including myself,” the 39-year-old said. “It’s just a good little dress rehersal before we play a game (next Thursday, August 8).”

The Packers take the field at 7:00 p.m. on Friday night. You can watch the practice exclusively on NBC26, your Official Packers Station.