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 final preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs...
- Cornerback Tramon Williams––After missing much of training camp with a bruised knee, Tramon Williams got the start in the Packers' final preseason game Thursday evening and showed no ill effects. It was perhaps surprising that they would play Williams at all, but he would play only one snap. That's because Williams promptly picked off Chiefs quarterback Chase Daniel on the first play from scrimmage. Williams, deservingly, got the rest of the night off.
- Cornerback Micah Hyde––Between his play on defense and special teams, Hyde is going to be tough to keep off the field in the regular season. He made two tackles on the evening, both on blitzes. On the first he dropped running back Knile Davis for no gain on a run blitz and then sacked Daniel for a loss of 10 yards. Hyde also looked comfortable on punt returns, taking one for 12 yards and fair catching another. He'll give Jeremy Ross a run for his money to win that job.
- Wide receiver Jeremy Ross––While in a battle for the fifth or sixth wide receiver on the roster, Ross stepped up in a big way on Thursday. He led the team in three categories on the evening: targets (six), receptions (three) and receiving yards (50). Ross looked strong after the catch and was sure handed, whereas other receivers like Tyrone Walker and Myles White fumbled late in the game. Ross also had one kickoff return for 16 yards.
- Kicker Mason Crosby ––For a player who's been in the crosshairs all summer long, Crosby finally appears to be on the upswing. On the day it was announced Crosby agreed to restructure his contract to accept less guaranteed money, he was a perfect 2-for-2 on field goals from distances of 48 and 45 yards. This comes on the heels of his last practice when Crosby appeared to have made 13-of-14 field goals. The Packers, undoubtedly, would love to see more of the same during the regular season.
- Tackle Andrew Datko––Vince Young arguably could have done a better job hanging onto the football, but Datko was responsible on two separate occasions for his man getting to the quarterback and causing a fumble, the first of which resulting in a turnover. Datko was also part of an offensive line that opened holes for just 61 rushing yards and an average of 2.5 yards per carry. It's all but guaranteed Datko won't make the 53-man roster, and it's not looking good for a spot on the practice squad either.
- Cornerback Brandon Smith––Even though he grabbed a nice interception in the second half, it couldn't make up for being targeted on three touchdown passes. On the second touchdown pass of the evening, Smith flat fell on his face. There's no hope of him making the Packers' roster and he'll be lucky to make the practice squad.
Brian Carriveau is the author of the book "It's Just a Game: Big League Drama in Small Town America," and editor of Cheesehead TV's "Pro Football Draft Preview." To contact Brian, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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