While the big name players, Aaron Rodgers, Jordy Nelson, HaHa Clinton-Dix, and several others did not suit up for the Preseason opener. We did get a look at a lot of young guys scratching and clawing to secure a spot on the 53-Man roster.
I was hoping to see just what we had in the running game with the addition of not one, not two, but three rookie running backs (4th Round Pick Jamaal Williams, 5th Round Pick Aaron Jones, and 7th Round Pick Devante Mays) along with the converted WR Ty Montgomery. As it turns out, our leading rusher in the game was none of the previously mentioned as all four backs combined for just 9 carries for 14 yards, and Mays didn’t even see the field. Instead it was the undrafted rookie QB from BYU Taysom Hill who lead the Pack with 2 Carries for 14 yards, Hill also displayed promise in the passing game with a perfect 158.3 passer rating, going 4/5 for 69 yards and a nicely thrown touchdown pass to fellow rookie WR Michael Clark late in the 4th quarter.
A surprise to many I am sure, but it was the Packers defense who stole the night…literally. The defense forced four turnovers, two interceptions along with two forced fumbles. Packers’ LB Joe Thomas, whom I believe was a very underrated player for us last year, really showed why the coaching staff is so high on him with 4 tackles, 1 pass-deflection, and an interception at midfield that he proceeded to take back 30 yards before being taken down. Look for Thomas to have an impact when the regular season gets underway.
At the end of the day, there were plenty of positives and negatives for the Packers to take away from this 24-9 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. I am hopeful we see more production out of the backfield as the Packers will travel to D.C. this Saturday 8/19 to take the field against the Washington Redskins.
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