Ty Summers aiming for a starting linebacker spot in Green Bay

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After spending his rookie year exclusively on special teams, Packers linebacker Ty Summers is looking for a place at the table on the starting defense this year.

Summers led the Packers last year with 311 snaps on special teams, but he never got on the field on defense. This year he wants to prove he can be a contributor as a linebacker.

“Of course my goal is to go and be the starter — that’s anyone’s goal at this position,” Summers told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “I’m going to go out there and compete, give it all I got and ultimately the coaches decide.

“If my role is a starter, fantastic, I’m going to be the best starter I can be. If it’s a backup role, I’m going to be the best backup I can be; if it’s special teams I’m going to be the best special teams player I can be. I’m just excited to go out there and compete for the opportunity. It’s a dream come true to even to be here and to have the chance to actually play legitimate snaps on defense. That would fulfill that dream. I’m going to work for it, continue to stay healthy hopefully, take care of myself the best I can and my mind as well studying the playbook. I’m just excited to get up there and have a chance.”

This isn’t a great year for young players trying to get noticed, as the offseason program has been replaced by virtual meetings. But Summers hopes he can do enough in training camp to make him more than a special teamer.

22 responses to “Ty Summers aiming for a starting linebacker spot in Green Bay

  1. I love attitudes like this. Legitimate dynasties are built one brick at a time, they can’t take shortcuts with purchased “guarantees.”

  2. Ty Summers has a lot of talent, but will have a uphill climb for playing time next to Christian Kirksey at the other ILB spot.

    Oren Burks, Curtis Bolton, and promising rookie Kamal Martin, all will be looking to get snaps at ILB.

    Many feel Kamal Martin can provide impact right away. If what I saw during the 2018 season at Minnesota is any indication, I agree. In 2019 Martin did miss 5 games, but was still named honorable mention All-Big Ten. Would have been drafted a lot higher had he not missed that time. Martin may turn out to be the steal of the draft. Very physical ILB at 6’3 245 and also good in coverage. Pettine values coverage ability and is one reason he plays dime defense so much. In dime you have 6 DB’s and use only 1 ILB. A player like Martin at ILB next to Kirksey could change things against the run when playing a team like San Fran. Martin is a player to keep your eye on in camp.

    #GoPackGo!✊

  3. Another slow, undersized middle linebacker! Perfect for Green Bay! Are we the only ones who cant scout MLB?

  4. Kamal Martin is from my town and I watched every game he played at the University of Minnesota. I’m a big fan of his potential. But my admiration for Martin pales in comparison to free’s, who apparently sees him as a combination of Ray Lewis, Karl Mecklenburg, and Ray Nitschke. And we all know free is not prone to hyperbole when talking about a Packer.

  5. cellarperformance says:

    Legitimate dynasties are built one brick at a time, they can’t take shortcuts with purchased “guarantees.”
    ###

    Remind me how much the Packers paid in signing bonuses at the linebacker position last year just to get the Smith “brothers” last year???

    I know you have already forgotten, but Za’darius got a $20M signing bonus and Preston got $16M. Then there is the $11M signing bonus for Adrian Amos. $47M is a lot of money paid at signing to “guarantee” a better defense before any of those three players ever play a down for the Packers.

    It’s got to be frustrating when you pay out that much money just in signing bonuses and get torched unmercifully by the 49ers both in the regular season and the playoffs.

    And we all know you were referencing Kirk Cousins in your post. Kirk Cousins signing bonus when he joined the Vikings was only $3M.

    Interesting difference in signing bonuses, isn’t there…

  6. marvin1958 says:
    May 26, 2020 at 2:00 pm
    Yeah, got torched by SF .. Where were the Vikes that weekend?

    @@@@@@@@@222

    Watching the green and yellows getting torched

  7. PFTCommenter says:
    May 26, 2020 at 8:47 am

    Another slow, undersized middle linebacker!

    +++++++

    Ty Summers ran a 4.51 40 yard dash at the 2019 combine. That isn’t slow.

    Heck the Vikings took Cameron Dantzler (cornerback) in the third round this year. He ran a 4.64.

  8. gtodriver says:
    May 26, 2020 at 12:00 pm

    Kirk Cousins signing bonus when he joined the Vikings was only $3M.

    Interesting difference in signing bonuses, isn’t there…

    +++++

    Have you already forgotten about the $30 million signing bonus Cousins was given when he signed his fully guaranteed 2 year extension?

    Or are you just unaware of it?

  9. gtodriver says:
    May 26, 2020 at 12:00 pm
    Interesting difference in signing bonuses, isn’t there…
    Ssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

    I had to choose between reading your post and running a marathon, and the marsthon was shorter! I only had time for your last sentence.

    Please know this, because I’ve explained it 1,000 times previously; My use of the “guaranteed” moniker as a reference to the Vikings has nothing to do with finances. It’s all about paying for shortcuts instead of building and having faith in your own guy….not somebody else’s.

  10. packerlies says

    Have you already forgotten about the $30 million signing bonus Cousins was given when he signed his fully guaranteed 2 year extension?

    Or are you just unaware of it?
    ###

    Cousins salary for 2020 was slated to be $30M. They just converted his salary to signing bonus to spread the money over 3 years.

    Total payout to Cousins is $40M in 2020, so only $10M in new money.

    I guess you were unaware of that, or just don’t understand how the cap works.

  11. Cellarperformance says

    Please know this, because I’ve explained it 1,000 times previously; My use of the “guaranteed” moniker as a reference to the Vikings has nothing to do with finances. It’s all about paying for shortcuts instead of building and having faith in your own guy….not somebody else’s.
    ###

    Once again, but briefer…

    The Packers took a shortcut in an attempt to improve their defense by buying 3 new free agents.

    It cost them $47M in signing bonuses.

    They got torched twice by the 49ers. The shortcut didn’t work.

  12. Just being part of the most successful franchise in NFL history is often enough for players to step up and live up to the lofty status of the mighty Green Bay Packers.

  13. gtodriver says:

    It cost them $47M in signing bonuses.

    They got torched twice by the 49ers. The shortcut didn’t work.
    ________

    Well, it certainly worked against the Vikings.
    139 total yards for a whopping 7 first downs.
    skoLOL!

  14. gtodriver says:
    May 26, 2020 at 7:04 pm
    The Packers took a shortcut in an attempt to improve their defense by buying 3 new free agents.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    No. 9 scoring defense, No.3 take-always. That’s a great sweep-the-division improvement and well worth it! The best example of the Vikings improving you can provide is a fixation on the Packers losing! On the other hand, the Vikings defense comes up small in big games. The one teensy-weensy, tiny piece was a quarterback for the Vikings. SuperBowl in three years, or bust. Wait! Extend that two years. The guaranteed SuperBowl appearance has been extended two years. When the Packers don’t utilize free agency, you trash them. When they finally do and it works, you trash them. That’s because you’re trash.

  15. Hey h0metownzero

    When did the Patriots and Cowboys move to Green Bay?

    The Cowboys have the best regular season winning percentage and the Patriots have had the most success in the playoffs.

    Fact.

  16. cellarperformance says

    No. 9 scoring defense, No.3 take-always.
    ###

    How did that vaunted defense look when they gave up 34 points to the Eagles who only had 1 win in 3 games, 26 to the Chargers who only had 4 wins in 9 games? Getting embarrassed by teams with losing records…

    Not to mention the 74 points they gave up to the 49ets…

    Your Packers were 22nd in yards allowed against the rush, something the Smith brothers were supposed to improve.

    Yardage has always been your go to stat. Why are you looking at those other numbers now?

    Hard to accept the truth?

  17. gtodriver says:
    May 26, 2020 at 8:29 pm
    Hard to accept the truth?
    Ssssssssssssssssssssss

    No. In fact, just because the bar you set for Packer success is nothing less than winning a SuperBowl, doesn’t prevent me from being unexpectedly proud of a job well-done in 2019. There’s no Bizarro World truth about it. It was great. That’s the truth.

    Scoreboard.

  18. cellarperformance says

    In fact, just because the bar you set for Packer success is nothing less than winning a SuperBowl, doesn’t prevent me from being unexpectedly proud of a job well-done in 2019.
    ###

    I never set that bar for you, but you have set that bar for the Vikings (funny how you always twist the truth).

    How can you be “unexpectedly proud” of a defense that looked totally outclassed 4 times in one season (twice against teams with losing records).

    How can you be “unexpectedly proud” of a defense that gave up more total yards (YOUR normal measure of success in every post you’ve made on this board except for this one) in 2019 than they did in 2018?

    You spent $47M in signing bonuses to get worse?

    Did you even watch your defense play?

  19. The Packers took a shortcut in an attempt to improve their defense by buying 3 new free agents.

    It cost them $47M in signing bonuses.

    They got torched twice by the 49ers. The shortcut didn’t work.
    ——
    We went from 6-9-1 and two years without playoffs to 13-3 and the nfccg, not to mention the division sweep. On top of that, our top fa signing led the NFL in interior pressures and the Smith tandem led the NFL in sacks. That’s “not working” to you?

  20. All the “predictions” and self-serving “facts” we’re subjected to from trolls over and over again are the same as last year, and some of them (the demise of the Packer team in-general,) we’ve been hearing every year for nearly three decades.

    Last year the Packers had a rookie NFL coach, a completely new offensive scheme, untested new personnel on defense, a significant number of new faces in the front office, and an inexperienced group of receivers requiring Rodgers to seek his fourth and fifth options successfully and often. Trolls were predicting 6-10, at best. Rodgers stepped up, again, and led the team to an over-achieving 13-3 record while sweeping the division in the process. Not easy on any front. Damn right I’m proud. Where did the Vikings finish? Scoreboard!

    This pandemic wont be as difficult to navigate for teams with little change in their rosters. This group of Packer players remains relatively unchanged and has had a full year of working together. Teams with high degrees of expectation from critical new rookies will have a much longer adjustment period.

    The biggest difference among all NFCN teams and their expectations for success in the upcoming season (TBD,) remains to be Aaron Rodgers. Nothing has changed. That’s always a very bitter pill for trolls to swallow. Enjoy it with your leftover crow!

    Bon Appetit’

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