There are not many traditions in the world of sports quite like Family Night. On this night, fans of the Green Bay Packers are able to buy tickets and watch their team practice at Lambeau Field. It truly is a memorable night for many. Former Packers cornerback Davon House saw his twin sons take their first steps ever on the grass of Lambeau during on Family Night practice. Last night’s Family Night had a lower attendance than it typically does, but still over 50,000 fans came to watch practice. The event is also televised on local stations so viewers can watch from the comfort of their own homes. All those in attendance and those tuning in got to see seventh round Samori Toure shine.
Samori Toure Beat Innis Gaines for an Impressive Touchdown
As mentioned, Family Night is a practice. The team still goes through their usual drills, just with a crowd of 50,000 people watching and cheering. In one of the first plays of the one-on-one drills, Toure beat Innis Gaines for a very impressive touchdown catch on a pass from Jordan Love:
Samori Toure gets a cheer from the Family Night crowd with a strong rep in one-on-ones. pic.twitter.com/qVv7wnHRjk
— Matt Reynoldson (@Matt_Reynoldson) August 6, 2022
Toure Made a Sliding Touchdown Grab on Kabion Ento During Red Zone Drills
Later in the evening, the Packers were practicing their red zone offense and defense. Third-string quarterback Danny Etling lofted a soft touch-pass just over Kabion Ento, who was in coverage. Toure made a sliding catch for the touchdown.
— Alexander Basara 🇵🇱🇸🇪🐺 (@Basaraski) August 6, 2022
The Play of the Night
Any highlights of Family Night 2022 are going to have this play as the main highlight. Devonte Wyatt spun third-round pick Sean Rhyan out of his shoes (figuratively) and came barreling down on Jordan Love. The former first round pick, who is finally showing signs of why the Packers think so highly of him, didn’t bat an eye. With Wyatt on top of him, Love threw a beautiful dime to a wide open Samori Toure who took it the rest of the way for a 54-yard touchdown.
Just Jordan Love dropping a dime to Samori Toure with Devonte Wyatt breathing down his neck. pic.twitter.com/obOw6atZqT
— zach jacobson (@itszacharyj) August 6, 2022
Toure was then encouraged by the fans to do his very first Lambeau Leap. Of course he obliged! He spoke to reporters after the game about his approach to family night and what the experience was like for him.
— John Miller (@JohnMillerNBC26) August 6, 2022
Can Samori Toure Make the 53-Man Roster?
A seventh round draft pick, Toure always seemed like a long-shot to make the Packers final 53-man roster. After all, the Packers have Allen Lazard, Sammy Watkins, Randall Cobb, Amari Rodgers, Christian Watson, and Romeo Doubs all presumably in front of him on the depth chart. With that being the case, Toure’s chances of making the 53-man roster depend on two things:
- Will Matt LaFleur carry seven wide receivers onto the 53-man roster for the first time in his tenure as head coach?
- Will Christian Watson get healthy in time for the regular season?
Of course, Toure needs to prove to Matt LaFleur that he is worth taking the extra wide receiver onto the roster. More performances like Family Night will certainly help his case. It is also going to be vital that he performs well on special teams.
Listen, Toure is not your typical seventh round wide receiver. He spent all but on year of his college career at the University of Montana, a FCS school that does not get much recognition. In 2019, Toure had 87 receptions for 1,495 yards. This guy has a ton of talent and potential. He displayed both on Family Night, and hopefully fans get to see much more of it in the future.