Green Bay Packers vs. St. Louis Rams: 2013 Preseason game 2
Unfiltered game day blog post of comments, observations and first impressions.
Inactives for today:
Green Bay Packers
16 WR Kevin Dorsey
17 WR Charles Johnson
18 WR Randall Cobb
26 RB DuJuan Harris
28 S Sean Richardson
29 CB Casey Hayward
38 CB Tramon Williams
73 T JC Tretter
75 T Bryan Bulaga
78 T Derek Sherrod
81 TE Andrew Quarless
82 TE Ryan Taylor
87 WR Jordy Nelson
95 DE Datone Jones
99 DE Jerel Worthy
St. Louis Rams
27 S Matt Giordano
30 RB Zac Stacy
54 LB Jabara Williams
57 LB Sammy Brown
64o OL Sean Hooey
76 T Rodger Saffold
97 DE Eugene Sims
All eyes will be on the Packers offense. Mike McCarthy earlier in the week said he’s looking for a much better performance from them in this game. Since Aaron Rodgers will still get limited snaps, that means one of their backup quarterbacks will actually have to look like, you know, a quarterback.
My eyes will be looking for Eddie Lacy. Want to see if he’s as good against real competition as he looked on family night…
Keys to 2nd preseson game: Develop team personality. See guys step into leadership roles. Have a lot of guys who need to play better and need to take advantage of opportunities with guys out injured
Eddie Lacy: Biggest thing is how he responds. Hasn’t played since Family Night so will play rep count by ear
Kick Returner: Big week for Jeremy Ross. Needs to play well at both receiver and in return game. Micah Hyde going to get a chance to return kicks in second half as well
Mike Neal at OLB: Mike will play in some rush situations
Quarterback situation: Vince Young’s playlist has increased and will have more opportunities than last week. Plan is to give Rodgers twice as many snaps as last week
Preseason play calling: Not a big believer of calling “gadget” plays in preseason. Save those for regular season.
Adversity defense: How the defense prepares for the game and responds after other team makes a big play. This is a focus this season
Packers vs. Rams – First Impressions – First Half:
We see the Eddie Lacy spin move on his first carry – necessary because either EDS or Lang beaten badly on the play.
Impressive first series for Lacy. Still early, but anyone else seeing Marshawn Lynch when you watch Lacy?
Been feeling for awhile now that Rodgers just seems real comfortable throwing to Boykin. Good route running, possession receiver.
I’ve seen EDS get blown up on a few run plays already, including that third and inches…
Micah Hyde beaten deep for a long pass, but I thought his coverage was pretty good considering there was no safety help. Perfect pass in the perfect spot from Bradford.
Can somebody take Crosby to someone who knows how to cut hair? Seriously, does he cut it himself?
DJ Williams continues to drop balls. For a pass-catching tight end, that’s not a good thing. He has not impressed…
Johnny Jolly doing what Jolly does – blocking passes…
Spotted a decent blitz pick-up by Franklin. Positioning could have been better but he got the job done…
With the weight loss, Mike Neal does not look much different than Nick Perry.
That also goes for his play. Good against the run. Not so good in coverage. Fair in pass rush. They’re almost the same player from what I saw on that one series so far.
From last week and this week so far, I like the #Packer’s DL play. And we haven’t even seen Datone yet…
Halftime Score: Packers 9 Rams 0
Packers vs. Rams – First Impressions – Second Half:
Johnny Jolly: making tackles, intercepting passes in the end zone. We need this…
Watch Jolly play and it’s clearly evident what one of the Packers coaches said (can’t remember which one) about Jolly: He just has pure football instincts”
Jolly is the reason I’ve been saying this could be the year the Packers keep 7 DL, but if Neal is an LB, then Jolly makes it even if they keep six.
It would be nice if all offensive lines were like the Rams second string. Packers racking up the sacks…
The way Vince Young lofts the ball up, he can’t be too popular with his receivers. Sets them up to take big hits.
Micah Hyde is ALWAYS around the ball. Good instincts and he NEVER stops on a play. And, he can tackle. A keeper.
Packers receivers fighting for a spot all have shown some spark. Myles White, Tyrone Walker, Alex Gillet. If the Packers keep 6 receivers, one of these guys makes it. Most impressive to me has been Walker.
The more I see of Alex Green (who I’ve always liked), the more I feel he doesn’t read the blocks in front of him that well.
Harrell, Young and Coleman all look immeasurably better this week. Must have been some spirited “talks” in the QB room this week
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.