Our weekly “Chips Report” will always include two blue chippers (outstanding, exceptional play), two red chippers (good, though maybe not great) and two cow chips (dud performances). From the preseason week one loss to the Cleveland Browns…
- Morgan Burnett––The second-year safety showed why he’s the front runner to win the starting spot opposite Nick Collins in the secondary. Burnett showed the aggressive, ball-seeking style in the run game he didn’t always show in limited action a year ago. On back to back plays in the first quarter on the Browns’ second drive of the game, he came up to the line of scrimmage to stuff hard-running Peyton Hillis for a one-yard gain and then followed that up by charging up on a completion from Colt McCoy to Evan Moore to bring down the tight end for a one-yard loss on third-and-1 to force a punt. Very impressive.
- Josh Gordy––In a game where his fellow cornerbacks did very little of note, Gordy stood out as a playmaker. Late in the third quarter he sacked quarterback Seneca Wallace for a seven-yard loss on a corner blitz showing no hesitation. He also got little recognition for a fourth-quarter interception of quarterback Jarrett Brown, at least from the television broadcast, when linebacker Clay Matthews was being interviewed on the sideline and the announcers didn’t even acknowledge Gordy’s INT.
- Randall Cobb––The second-round draft choice was everything Packers fans hoped for so far. His most impressive contributions came on offense by showing sure hands and the ability to pick up hards after the catch. Cobb led the team with 60 receiving yards on only three receptions and showed a rapport with backup quarterback Matt Flynn. He also returned two kicks deep in the end zone and averaged a respectable 29.0 yards per return. On his one and only punt return, though he gained zero yards, he displayed elusiveness by making the first tackler miss on a punt he probably should have called for a fair catch.
- Matt Flynn––Flynn showed why he’ll be a highly sought-after quarterback when this season is over. Though he didn’t get much playing time with any starters, he completed 11 of 18 passes for 126 yards with one touchdown pass and zero interceptions. He took the team from a 14-7 deficit to a 17-14 lead by the end of the first half by leading two scoring drives, one leading to a field goal and another on a hook up with tight end Spencer Havner in the end zone on a pass that was intended for Tori Gurley and tipped to Havner.
- Marshall Newhouse––Playing right tackle, Newhouse got beat off the snap several times by speed moves by the Browns pass rushers. In Newhouse’s defense, he appears to have gotten a majority of his practice time on the left side of the offensive line during training camp. It makes you wonder why the coaching staff hasn’t given him much time on the right side if that’s where they plan on playing him in game situations. If Newhouse is able to get more reps on the right side during practice, it’s worth watching to see if he can bounce back.
- Pat Lee––Despite getting a ton of playing time from the first quarter to the fourth quarter thanks to several injuries at the cornerback position, Lee did little to distinguish himself. On the touchdown pass from McCoy to Josh Cribbs, Lee simply wasn’t able to swing his head around in time. On a few other snaps he was trailing in coverage. It’s imperative that he improve as the month of August progresses, because he’s on the fence as far as a roster spot is concerned.