Our weekly designations:
- Brett Swain: Swain's biggest contribution to the Green Bay Packers may be on special teams, but he showed on Thursday night that he's a pretty good wide receiver too. A favorite target of quarterback Matt Flynn, Swain had 6 catches for 130 yards including a 77-yard catch and run against the Chiefs. Flynn also looked for Swain in the endzone, but the pass fell incomplete. The wide receiver also showed some grit by shaking off obvious pain to come back into the game and perform at a high level.
- Jarrett Bush: Bush had the best performance on the defensive side of the ball, and there isn't even another player in the discussion. His interception, while nice, wasn't even the most impressive part of his game. The interception was mostly the result of an errant throw. It was his two tackles for a loss coming against the run that deserve praise. And the break-up of a deep pass from Matt Cassell in the first quarter was a nice addition. With the exception of his two penalties on the defensive side of the ball this preseason, he's looked as good, if not better, in coverage as any of the reserve cornerbacks on the team.
- Matt Flynn: He couldn't turn 307 yards passing into many points, but Flynn did an admirable job directing the Packers offense in the absence of Aaron Rodgers. Flynn completed 62% of his passes with a passer rating of 88.1. If he was surrounded by the first-team offense for the entire game, it wouldn't be a stretch to think he could easily improve upon those numbers.
- Quinn Johnson: Known primarily as a punishing lead blocker, Johnson showed some wiggle for perhaps the first time while wearing a Green Bay Packers uniform when hauling in a pass from Flynn, making a tackler miss with a juke and turning it into a seven-yard completion. If Johnson is going to have a job in a pass-first offense like Green Bay's, he's going to have to do more of that in the future. His lead blocking and pass protection were also a positive.
- Jason Chery: If Chery had any chance of making the team as a return specialist, he fumbled away that chance (literally and figuratively) on the first play of the game where he lost control of the ball, recovered and then fumbled after a short return, which was recovered by John Kuhn. Head coach Mike McCarthy said at halftime, "You can’t play in Green Bay if you don’t take care of the football."
- Linebackers in pass coverage: The personnel may have been different, the no matter who seems to be at inside linebacker for the Packers, they seem to get exposed in zone coverage. Whether it was Maurice Simpkins trailing in coverage on a mismatch against a much faster Chiefs wide receiver, or it was Cyril Obiozor getting sucked in on a play action fake, the play by the linebackers was eerily reminiscent to last year's playoff loss to the Arizona Cardinals who took advantage of match-up issues.
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