The Green Bay Packers travel to Tennessee to take on the Titans in the first preseason game of 2014.
9th season: It’s gone fast, enjoying every minute – always exciting to see your young players out on the football field for the first time.
New draftees: We’re a draft and develop team. The biggest thing is you want to establish your playing style and you want to see them jump out and make plays.
What he wants to see: The message to the team was we want to establish our play style – the way we want to play this season.
Most important part of today’s game: This 4th quarter is going to be real important for our evaluation of some of our young guys.
# of snaps for starters: We do it by plays. We’ve always had a formula for number of plays for each player. Productivity during that time sometimes slants one way or the other.
Backup QB: I think they are both doing a good job – both have improved from last year.
No Burnett: Big night for HaHa and Micah, same for Richardson and Banjo. Looking for our safeties to make plays.
Adams and Rodgers: Both have done well and deserve consideration for snaps with the first team.
Packers vs. Titans – First Impressions – First Half:
DuJuan Harris takes opening kickoff to the Packers 36. No hesitation, finds his hole quickly. Looking good.
Both Richard Rodgers and Davante Adams running with the first team.
Matt Flynn gets the start for the Packers, in monsoon conditions. Proceeds to hand off seven out of eight plays as Packers march down the field primarily on the legs of James Starks.
Packers offensive line creating holes and Starks did a great job cutting back into them. Good to see Bulaga back out there.
Peppers in two point stance as right OLB on the line of scrimmage handled easily on first play by the tight end. Second play comes in unblocked but cant get to the running back in time. Looks a little surprised to be so ignored.
Davante Adams drops a punt but gets it back himself. Surprised to see him back there – have not heard his name much as far as taking punts in practices.
Second series for Packers a three and out – Flynn with two pass attempts, neither of which were impressive in any way.
Second defensive series for Packers sees Peppers and Matthews switching sides frequently.
Brad Jones has been very active so far. Persuing well, in on a good number of tackles already.
Adams back as punt returner and fumbles again. Titans recover. I’m guessing that experiment is over.
Sean Greene runs through a red sea sized hole for a TD on first play after the fumble recovery.
Harris fumbles the kickoff but quickly recovers. Yes, it’s still pouring.
Flynn with two very effective play fakes tonight. Faked everyone out, including the cameraman. But not much accomplished after the fakes.
Third defensive series, Packers bring in Neal, Barrington, Lattimore and Perry as the LBs.
Micah Hyde back as punt returner. Doesn’t get a chance as punt is shanked.
Casey Hayward getting a lot of snaps as an outside corner.
After quick 3 and out, Hyde successfully fields a punt. He just looks so sure back there, but if he’s going to be a starting safety, you can be sure Packers would rather see someone else take over that job.
Packers second team OL getting manhandled at the moment. Sherrod and Aaron Adams at T, Linsley at C and Andrew Tiller and Lane Taylor at G.
Holding call on Bostick wipes out a 19 yard DuJuan Harris run. Makes up for it on next play with an 18 yard catch and run.
Nick Perry doing what he usually does, quick initial pressure and then gets stood up. Or gets through and then misses the QB.
HaHa beaten by a TE seam route, but recovers in time to slap the ball out of the TE’s hands. Ah, to be young and fast.
Jarrett Bush having a hell of a first half – has a sack and probably 5 tackles.
Score at end of 1st half: GB 7 TEN 6
Packers vs. Titans – First Impressions – Second Half:
Richardson and Banjo in at safety. Richardson breaks up a 3rd down pass attempt.
Hyde now drops a punt, but recovers quickly. Larrivee says, “Those balls must be seriously wet.”
Sherrod now on the right side. With Barclay out, Sherrod is the defacto backup at both tackle spots.
Rajon Neal showing good lateral moves and patience picking out holes.
No sooner do I write that and he scampers 12 yds around left end for a TD.
Packers go for two (they need the practice) and actually run a well designed play, but a wide open Chris Harper sees it go through his hands.
Dimitri Goodson called for interference, but he actually had very good coverage, just got tangled up with the receiver. He’s a guy that I think could develop into a Sam Shields type player with a year or two of seasoning.
CB Ryan White will be one of the first cuts. Looks lost.
I’ll take Tolzien over Flynn, thank you.
Kevin Dorsey showing skills. He will be on an NFL roster if he doesn’t make the Packers.
One guy that won’t beat Dorsey out is Chris Harper. Drops a fourth down pass after dropping the two point conversion earlier. Both should have been caught with no problems.
Goodson with an excellent knockdown of a deep pass in the endzone. One day, this kid will be real good.
Jake Doughty getting a long look, but mostly looks overmatched. Just getting swallowed up inside and unsure of himself in coverage.
Bradford and Hubbard now in the game as the OLBs (9 min left in 4th quarter)
LaDarius Perkins, the diminutive RB, not showing much ability to gain the tough yards.
Final Score: GB 16 TEN 20——————
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.