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 third preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks...
- Quarterback Vince Young––Combined with a dreadful performance by Graham Harrell, Young may have took the lead in the competition for the No. 2 quarterback job. While he didn't complete any passes deep downfield, Young was efficient, completing six of seven passes for 41 yards and a touchdown, good for a passer rating of 130.7. Young was also able to get traction on the ground, scrambling for 39 yards on three carries. He led the Packers' to their only touchdown of the evening and kept the sticks moving.
- Outside linebacker Nick Perry––It had been a quiet training camp for Perry thus far, not necessarily playing poorly, but not making any waves. People definitley expected more from a first round draft choice. Perry took a big step forward on Friday night, his biggest moment coming when he batted a second quarter pass by Russell Wilson that was intercepted by Casey Hayward. On the first drive of the third quarter, Perry also shed his blocker for no gain on a Seahawks run play, one of three tackles on the night for the outside linebacker.
- Linebacker Brad Jones––On a night when the first-string defense got no little pass rush outside of Clay Matthews, Brad Jones did his best to chip in. He was sent on a first-down blitz on the Seahawks second drive of the game, and ended up sacking Wilson for a loss of nine yards. That was one of five tackles on the evening for Jones, which tied for the team lead and helped the Packers defense forget the loss of Desmond Bishop, if only for a night.
- Safety Jerron McMillian––Punter Tim Masthay probably deserves a red chip of his own, but so does McMillian, who grabbed a second-quarter interception of Wilson. Thus far in his brief Packers career, McMillian has shown to be a good in-the-box safety, not afraid to mix things up and make tackles. In order to be a three-down safety, McMillian has to prove himself on the back end, making plays in space, and he did just that by on Friday by reading the quarterback and picking off a pass.
- Quarterback Graham Harrell––In the first preseason game against the Cardinals, Harrell averaged 4.0 yards per pass attempt. In the second game against the Rams, he averaged 4.4 yards per pass. Harrell bottomed out against the Seahawks, completing only six of 13 passes for 49 yards, which averaged only 3.8 yards per attempt. Granted, he wasn't helped by drops and penalties, but Harrell got his chance to play with the first-string offense when Aaron Rodgers exited the game after only one series. Harrell didn't take advantage.
- Cornerback Loyce Means––Means' night got off to a bad start when he was flagged twice on consecutive plays, forcing Masthay to punt on three consecutive downs late in the second quarter. He later lost contain on a third-quarter play that led to a big gain for the Seahawks and then was responsible for giving up the game-winning 42-yard touchdown pass from Brady Quinn to Stephen Williams.
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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