Green Bay Packers vs. San Diego Chargers:
Here is my unfitered game day blog post of comments, observations and first impressions.
Inactive for Packers today:
It’s a long list:
S/CB Charles Woodson, RB Du’ane Bennett, RB Brandon Saine, FB Jon Hoese, CB Sam Shields, TE Eric Lair, OLB Frank Zombo, T Mike McCabe (injured reserve), G Jaymes Brooks (PUP), G Ray Dominguez, T Marshall Newhouse, DT Mike Daniels, T Derek Sherrod, TE Andrew Quarless, TE Ryan Taylor, WR Greg Jennings, WR Tori Gurley and TE Jermichael Finley.
Notes: Shannon Eastin makes history this evening as the first female to ever referee an NFL game. Eastin will be the line judge.
Anxious?: Our players and coaches look forward to the first game, get out of installation mode.
First-string plans: First offense will go 20-25 plays, complete the first quarter. Probably the same for the defense.
Main goal: You want to make sure you come out of this game with information on each and every player.
First NFL game for MM (vs San Diego): I remember it very clearly – it was exciting. Hopefully we’ll compete in tonight’s contest better than we did that particular night. (SD won 17-3)
Overall camp eval: It’s been a good camp. We were able to really have quality practice every single day. I feel like pawsitives have come out of every practice.
Hope for tonight: The thing I’m looking for tonight is to finish every play and play with a lot of energy.
Graham Harrell: Like anyone, he’s competing for a spot on the 53.
Alex Green: Alex will play in the secind quarter. We’ll be smart with the number of plays he plays in.
Herb Taylor: A great opportunity for Herb – we have to be smart and be sure he’s ready and prepared. We’re confident in his ability – this is a big night for him.
Packers vs. Chargers – First Impressions – First Half:
Nick Perry gets his first NFL sack on the second play of the game and then gets called for a ridiculous unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Perry did nothing to warrant that.
House looks like Al Harris out there – and not just because he wears #31 and has dreadlocks. He plays physical bump and run, uses his hands a lot – just like Harris did.
Starks with a dropped pass and a fumble on the Packers’ first series – is it Alex Green time yet?
Nick Perry with another nice bull rush – doesn’t look dynamic yet, but as long as he gets pressure, we can live with it.
Desmond Bishop carried off, then carted to the locker room. Looks like a knee injury and it looks bad.
And Borel fumbles the kickoff – well, at least the defense will get plenty of work…
Herb Taylor can’t handle rookie Melvin Ingram – Rodgers gets hit and throws an INT.
More fumbles and INTs – 6 turnovers total in the first quarter – yuk.
Really don’t get why the Packers held onto Shaky Smithson, he’s not going to win a return job with Cobb around and he’s not a great WR.
At this point in time, Nick Perry looks like a DE , not a linebacker, but he’s playing well – we’ll take that for now and wait patiently…
Davon House with a really good first half of football. Looks like the reports out of camp on him were accurate.
Herb Taylor should be very happy he’s not on twitter. The haters would have a field day…
So far, looks like the Packers secondary tackling is somewhat better, pass coverage still needs plenty of work.
OL on the Packers’ last offensive series was Taylor, Barclay, Dietrich-Smith, Genus & Datko. And people are wondering why Graham Harrell looks a little nervous?
Packers 7, Chargers 7
Packers vs. Chargers – First Impressions – Second Half:
Casey Hayward looks like he has the first game jitters, but I think he’ll be fine by end of preseason. Fast learner, real student of the game…
Where are those people who said Melvin Ingram was too short (with short arms) to be a force in the NFL?
Erik Walden can help this Packers team – he can rush the QB with vigor.
Backup DL playing well. Philip Merling, Daniel Muir, Lawrence Guy have almost been more noticeable than the starters were.
Dale Moss is this year’s Diondre Borel – extremely raw, but what an athlete.
Marc Tyler running hard. Doesn’t look to have particularly good field vision, but he’s certainly the typical PackersNorth/South runner.
Vic So ‘oto, the forgotten man this camp, playing really well. Picks up a sack on his first play and consistently getting pressure with a variety of moves.
I said last night on CheeseheadRadio that BJ Coleman will be a better QB than Matt Flynn – in a few years…
The bottom-of-the-roster receivers have shown nothing (Boyken, Gilleylen).
Game over… Chargers 21 Packers 13——————
Jersey Al Bracco is the founder and editor of AllGreenBayPackers.com, and the co-founder of Packers Talk Radio Network. He can be heard as one of the Co-Hosts on Cheesehead Radio and is the Green Bay Packers Draft Analyst for Drafttek.com.