Green Bay Packers vs. Kansas City Chiefs – 2014 Preseason Game Three – GB 34 KC 14
Corey Linsley makes his Packers debut as the starting center snapping the ball to Aaron Rodgers.
Letroy Guion also debuts – his first time on the field for the Packers.
Last opportunity for Matt Flynn or Scott Tolzien to lock up the backup QB job. Or will they both stay?
Packers vs. Chiefs - First Impressions – First Half:
A recurring theme all preseason has been Mike Neal getting pressure and coming within a foot or two of the quarterback, but just not quite being able to finish the job. Just happened again.
Janis with a questionable decision fielding a punt inside the ten yard line, but makes the most of it, handling it cleanly and picking up 7 yards on the return. He looks comfortable back there, which will probably solidify his earning the last WR spot on the roster.
Derek Sherrod drawing the hot-shot rookie OLBs. Khalil Mack last week and Dee Ford this week. Speed rushers are what he needs the reps against, so this is good.
So far, Ford has walked Sherrod back to the QB a few time. Sherrod too upright – poor pad level.
I guess the Packers want to see if Flynn can complete a downfield pass. O-3 so far.
Tolzein shows he can – drops a pretty pass into Jeff Janis’ hands – TD.
Jarret Bush – you’ve come a long way, baby…
I’ve always liked this kid Vujnovich, we just never got to see that much of him. Getting a long look at LT with Aaron Adams out of the game and doing well. Very agile, mirrors well.
Quality of the Packers offensive line scrubs is much higher than previous years.
Score at end of 1st half: GB 20 KC 7
Packers vs. Chiefs - First Impressions – Second Half:
Chris Banjo’s stellar ST play is making for a tough decision – can they keep 5 safeties?
Every time I see the number 43 on a Packers uniform, I cringe a bit…
Garth Gerhart getting all the snaps at center since the second quarter – Packers taking no chances with Linsley.
Jeff Janis with a big hit on kickoff coverage team. He’s now a lock for a roster spot.
Adrian Hubbard flashing with a sack and then a roughing the passer. Of course, it’s against a bunch of guys who won’t be playing football next week.
Perhaps Hubbard won’t be either – just helped off the field and being looked at by the doctors on the sideline.
Excellent man coverage by Rolle as he stays with the receiver step for step down the sideline and picks off the pass. But… called back for a penalty on Malumba.
Another fine coverage play by Rolle nullified by a penalty. This kid is a playmaker (and a keeper).
Mike McCarthy with a very satisfied, “Damn, I finally have a competent kick returner that isn’t a starter” look after a 62 yard kickoff return by Jeff Janis.
Final Score: GB 34 KC 14
Was really hoping the Packers would draft Deone Bucannon this past draft, but I’ve been delighted with Clinton-Dix’s willingness to stuff the run in the box. Did not expect that part of his game.
Can’t ever remember watching the second half of a preseason game four where the Packers scrubs looked this competent.
Jumal Rolle looks like a tougher Sam Shields.
Come on, Tolzein actually had to tell the Packers fans to shut up and stop a “Go Pack Go when the offense was about to run a play? Really?
Packers special teams looking very good – a sure indicator of better quality at bottom of the roster.
For me, the backup QB controversy was over two weeks ago, but I feel even stronger about it now – Tolzien it is.
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.