Green Bay Packers vs. Arizona Cardinals: 2013 Preseason game 1
Unfiltered game day blog post of comments, observations and first impressions.
Inactive for Packers today:
16 WR Kevin Dorsey
17 WR Charles Johnson
18 WR Randall Cobb
26 RB DuJuan Harris
27 RB Eddie Lacy
28 S Sean Richardson
29 CB Casey Hayward
38 CB Tramon Williams
73 T JC Tretter
75 T Bryan Bulaga
77 T Andrew Datko
78 T Derek Sherrod
81 TE Andrew Quarless
82 TE Ryan Taylor
87 WR Jordy Nelson
96 DE Mike Neal
99 DE Jerel Worthy
Inactive for Cardinals today:
10 WR Robert Gill
18 WR Kerry Taylor
23 CB Jamell Fleming
34 RB Ryan Williams
48 LB Dan Giordano
55 LB Karlos Dansby
57 LB Alex Okafor
71 G Daryn Colledge
83 TE Kory Sperry
87 TE Jeff King
92 DT Dan Williams
95 DT Ricky Lumpkin
— DE Cordian Hagans
All eyes will be on Davis Baktiari, entrusted with protecting Aaron Rodgers’ blind side with Bryan Bulaga lost for the season. Can the fourth round draft pick step right in to a starter’s role as a rookie? First test is tonight.
You never could have convinced me that Giorgio Tavecchio had a snowballs’ chance of unseating Mason Crosby as the Packers placekicker. Until Family Night happened. While I’d still be shocked is Crosby lost this battle, this has actually gotten interesting and might just be a real competition, not the sham I thought it was.
Vince Young is slated to see some time in this game, running I’m sure, a very limited offense. By all accounts, he’s been awful in practice. Should be interesting…
Ready for another team: You get to this point every year when you are competing against your teammates in the dog days of August…
Game Priorities: From an offensive standpoint, calling plays. I’m basically going to call four different games tonight.
Bulaga: We’re giving David a chance to play left tackle, Marshall Newhouse has experience there, so I have confidence in him at that spot. Don Barclay is also a fine player that we can use at either tackle spot.
Running Backs: The running back group has really picked up their production and decision making from where they were last year. The two young guys have made significant progress. Anyone who’s been to practice, you have to take your hat off to James Starks, it’s his best camp by far.
Kickers: Mason & Giorgio have been given equal reps and we’ll take the same approach. We will up the reps in practice this week. Somebody needs to step up and take this job. That has not happened to date.
Presason philosophy: Priorities are creating opportunities for the young guys on the roster, quality of play and ultimately winning.
Packers vs. Cardinals – First Impressions – First Half:
Packers DL clogs the middle on two consecutive running plays. Pickett in the thick of things, of course.
Baktiari was solid on the first series – really centers well in front of his man. No pressure allowed. Looked to combine well with Sitton on a few running plays . Good start.
Strange challenge by McCarthy on fourth and goal Starks run. MM’s in mid-season form.
Nick Perry jumps, almost picks off a screen, then lands, wheels and tackles the receiver before he could get anywhere. FAST reactions there.
Van Roten gets the first call at backup center.
Matthew Mulligan showing of his blocking chops early.
Newhouse at right tackle gives up the first sack. On same play Baktiari adeptly handles an inside move from the DE.
Datone Jones injured his ankle on first series – got it taped up but hasn’t returned.
Davon House burned for second time on a deep throw. First one was a TD.
In general, lots of open receivers in the #Packers secondary with no Tramon Williams and Casey Hayward.
Johnathan Franklin is definitely “Mr. Outside.” Screens and tosses… Won’t be a problem if Lacy is “Mr. Inside.”
Looks like if the Packers can convince teams to run the ball, they’ll be OK. (My way too early knee jerk reaction). Secondary not stopping anyone.
Jarret Boykin looks really good. he finds the open areas and catches everything thrown to him. I believe he’s receiver #4.
Packers vs. Cardinals – First Impressions – Second Half:
Harrell’s throws are scaring me. An INT waiting to happen almost every time.
Johnny Jolly with a 360 spin move that leaves his man in the dust. Almost gets to the QB – Stanton scrambles away just in time.
Didn’t think I’d be looking forward to seeing BJ Coleman this game as much as I am now. Hell, I even want to see Vince Young.
This little WR Tyrone Walker is growing on me. Always open. Always makes the catch.
My NFL.com stream just improved dramatically in quality. Have a feeling a lot of fans bailed after four straight #Packers punts
Johnny Jolly looking good. very active, moving well.
Vince Young in the game before Coleman. No change in Packers offense – fifth punt in a row.
Packers secondary just getting schooled… over and over and over…
Had a feeling last week everyone (myself included) might be over-rating the Packers secondary depth. But this is awful…
You know you’r having a bad night when Jarrett Busk looks like your best corner.
Only five minutes of playing time for Coleman?
MM said he wanted to get Coleman in a two minute drill – here’s his shot. 1:50 left, starting inside their own 10.
Boykin doesn’t help Coleman with an uncharacteristic drop on a slant. Then can’t convert a third and 10.
Green Bay’s last 10 possessions of the game? An INT, a fumble and eight straight punts.
I was no fan of Matt Flynn, but suddenly, I’d take him back in a heartbeat.
Yuk. Let’s forget about this one…
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.