Green Bay Packers rookie receiver Samori Toure was one of the standouts of the team’s Family Night Scrimmage at Lambeau Field on Friday night.
“He did a lot of great things,” coach Matt LaFleur said.
While Romeo Doubs keeps making “wow” plays, the Packers’ seventh-round pick is making sure he’s not the forgotten man in the receiver room.
“He definitely made a step up tonight,” receiver Allen Lazard said.
Toure’s highlight play was a long touchdown from Jordan Love during team periods. He split the coverage with speed and was wide open behind Kiondre Thomas and Tariq Carpenter for the easy catch and score.
Big plays have been commonplace for Toure, who led the Big Ten in yards per reception (19.5) at Nebraska last season after averaging almost 17 yards per catch over three seasons at Montana.
Scoring a touchdown at Lambeau Field required a Lambeau Leap. Toure said he wasn’t planning on jumping into the stands but the fans were motioning for him to do a leap so he happily obliged.
“It felt good,” Toure said.
Toure’s best play of the night might have been this twisting catch in the end zone during the one-on-one phase:
Toure won at the line of scrimmage with an outside release and then made a terrific adjustment spinning back toward the sideline against the coverage of Innis Gaines.
“He’s got really good body control and body movement. He’s a smart kid that really works at it,” LaFleur said.
One final play. During a team red zone drill, Toure beat Kabion Ento and made a sliding catch on a pass from Love for another touchdown:
Stacking success will be key as Toure attempts to build momentum coming out of Family Night. The Packers open the preseason next Friday in San Francisco.
“I think the arrow is pointing up on him,” LaFleur said. “He’ll get an opportunity in these three preseason games to show everybody what he’s all about.”