Green Bay Packers vs. Cleveland Browns:
My unfitered game day blog post of comments, observations and first impressions.
Inactive for Packers today:
It’s a long list:
WR Greg Jennings, WR Diondre Borel and TE Jermichael Finley, LB Desmond Bishop, WR Shaky Smithson, RB Du’ane Bennett, RB Brandon Saine, FB John Kuhn, FB Jon Hoese, CB Sam Shields, CB Davon House, OLB Frank Zombo, G Ray Dominguez, DT Johnny Jones, T Marshall Newhouse, T Derek Sherrod, TE Andrew Quarless,
Notes: Tonight is the 63 installment of the Midwest Shrine game. Big night for Alex Green, Casey Hayward and DJ Smith.
Lambeau Field: Great to be home – no place like Lambeau Field. Big night for some of our younger players – they’re excited about playing here tonight.
New Stadium Additions: Anxious to scope out the conditions. Great work for us; 15-20mph winds expected. I’m very interested to see what info our coaches gather.
Cedric Benson: I look for Cedric to come in and compete for a starting position. He looks to be in great shape. He’s an excellent inside runner, he’s a 220 lb running back . He defintitely falls forward.
Reggie Wells: Reggie gives u flexibility, has played all 5 positions. He’s older obviously, so brings a lot of valuable experience to a young offensive line group
DJ Smith: I think DJ is definitely one of our more instinctive players. We look for him to fill some big shoes.
Casey Hayward: Casey did some good things against San Diego. Big night for him and all the young cornerbacks.
Browns starters playing longer: Our starters will play at most 20-25 plays, important for us to evaluate the middle part of the roster. That’s great if they play their starters longer – will help our evaluation.
Curenski Gilleylen: Flexible player, has played many positioon. impressed byb his menatal ability – picked up our offense at multiple positions
Hope for tonight: Looking for a big step forward tonight. Discipline, communication, tempo – we’ve been addressing it all week.
Injuries: I’m not not concerned. Since my first day here, I talk to the team all the time about accountability and availabilty. We have 72 players tonight – they all have to be ready to go.
Packers vs. Browns – First Impressions – First Half:
Rodgers and Nelson: We’ll run the same play until we score. Try to stop us. TOUCHDOWN!
Was so happy to see a bubble screen to Randall Cobb – that’s what I envisioned from him when drafted. He makes a nice gain but doesn’t secure the ball. Still has lots to learn.
Alex Green doing a nice job in pass protection. making good reads, picking up blitzers. I like what I see so far.
Really surprised by strength of Nick Perry. Bull-rushed his way through two players to get to Weeden, but just a little late. When he develops some other moves, he might be the player we’re all hoping for.
Marshall Newhouse looks like Forrest Gregg compared to Herb Taylor. I may have a new appreciation for Marshall… Still think Sherrod is the eventual LT, but when?
M.D. Jennings is not the answer at safety…
Reading twitter comments, seems there’s a contingent of fans looking for reasons to knock Nick Perry. Coverage skills will take time folks – he hasn’t done it…
Watching Jerel Worthy amd Mike Daniels. They’re not blowing things up, but not getting moved out either. I give them a B grade so far…
Watching Datko at LT. Going against Browns starters, he doing pretty well in pass protection. Showing the quick feet. Must get stronger. Datko susceptible to the bull rush, but does a good job on the edge vs speed rush.
I have to say, I can see why Weeden is starting for the Browns.
Jerron McMillian, as advertised, is a beast of a tackler in the box. If he can cover, we have our starter…
I don’t want to pile on Graham Harrell, but boy he looks bad tonight. Truth be told, I’ve been a BJ Coleman fan since before the draft. Packers have rolled the dice before with a rookie as a backup QB – Matt Flynn. I remember screaming for them to bring in a vet at the time. Would they do it again?
Browns 16 Packers 7
Packers vs. Browns – First Impressions – Second Half:
As shaky as Harrell has been, he sure hasn’t gotten any help at all from his receivers. Taylor falls down, and it’s a pick-six for the Browns.
Nice job by Dale Moss coming back for a floater from Harrell under heavy pressure.
Tommie Draheim is not long for this team…
Tim Mathsay earning his fatter paycheck. He may be on a path to Pro Bowl status in a year or two.
Yep, nothing like a good ass-whuppin’ in preseason.
Sorry haters, Erik Walden is playing much better against the run.
Brandian Ross, after being talked up by the coaches this past week shows why. He was very active, around the ball a lot and had some hard hits.
It’s gotta suck for a vet like Brad Jones to be playing with the 4th quarter scrubs…
Datko is going to grade out very well in this game. None of the Browns’ pressure is coming through him…
Browns eating into Coleman’s playing time… It will be another 2min drill for BJ, at best…
Coleman in with 51 seconds… Interception… pefect ending…
Browns 35 Packers 10
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.