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 3 win against the Indianapolis Colts…
- Jermichael Finley––After a good showing in the second preseason game against the Cardinals, Finley followed it up with another solid showing against the Colts. More than anything, he showed he was over last season’s knee injury. Unfortunately he sprained an ankle, pretty much guaranteeing he won’t play next week. He had four catches for 41 total yards including the touchdown in which he took advantage of a match up against linebacker in coverage. Perfect play call, perfect pass, perfect catch.
- Vic So’oto––So’oto is making it really tough on the coaching staff to cut him. He had four tackles on the night, but the most memorable was a sack in which he also forced a fumble recovered by Jarius Wynn deep in Colts territory that led to a Packers field goal. He made another impressive tackle for a loss later in the game on a running play.
- Ryan Taylor––It’s early and this is no indictment of D.J. Williams, but Ryan Taylor is looking like the better of the two rookie tight ends through one month of play. He hauled in an 11-yard touchdown pass from Graham Harrell in the fourth quarter to pull within two points, and then caught the ensuing two-point conversion to tie the game. He continues to run with a couple first-team special teams units as well.
- Mason Crosby––If he didn’t miss the field goal earlier in the game, he may have received a blue chip. But a 50-yard field goal as time expires to win the game and avoid preseason overtime more than makes up for the miss. A perfectly executed onside kick, two more field goals and four extra points only add to his night. Those rooting for the Packers are hoping for a performance like this in the regular season from Crosby, who hasn’t had a game-winning field goal since the first game of his rookie year.
- Chad Clifton––The veteran left tackle really struggled with interior pass rush moves to give up two sacks. Considering the high number of sacks the Packers have given up the entire preseason, it’s concerning. Combine that with the slow start Clifton had last year, you have to wonder if he’s on his last legs. He’ll need to turn things around in the regular season like he did last year.
- Morgan Burnett––On the 57-yard touchdown pass to Reggie Wayne, Burnett was responsible for the deep half of the field, not Sam Shields. Shields could afford to make a break on the ball underneath, Burnett could not. He was also very lucky he didn’t get flagged for pass interference on a first quarter pass by Curtis Painter.