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 Packers' 21-7 preseason win over the Rams in St. Louis...
- Quarterback Aaron Rodgers—Getting the night off for the preseason opener sure didn't create any rust for Rodgers. He looks as sharp as he's ever been, directing the no-huddle offense to a touchdown on the opening series of the game and what should have been another had a touchdown not been nullified by a penalty in the red zone. Rodgers looked particularly effective throwing on the run, finding Randall Cobb in the back of the endzone on his touchdown pass. On the day, he completed 11 of 13 passes for 128 yards, averaging 9.8 yards per pass, good for a quarterback rating of 133.3.
- Wide receiver and return specialist Jeff Janis—If Janis had a 99.9 percent chance of earning a roster spot coming into the day, he was 100 percent by evening's end. His 34-yard catch and run for a touchdown from quarterback Matt Flynn in the third quarter was breathtaking. Janis' speed was on full display, displaying a second gear most others don't possess. If that wasn't enough, Janis looked infinitely more comfortable on punt returns than fellow rookie Davante Adams. No, Janis wasn't asked to do anything out of the ordinary, but a nine-yard return and another fair catch instilled confidence. It's looking as if the Packers have to get him involved some how, some way during the regular season.
- Outside linebacker Jayrone Elliott—It's difficult to have a better series than Elliott had in the fourth quarter, coming up with three sacks and a forced fumble all on one possession of the football. The only thing that would have made Elliott's outing better would have been if someone would have recovered his strip sack of the Rams quarterback. He looked like a natural with good bend coming off the edge to rush the passer and showed he's not going to go down without a fight at the very least.
- Outside linebacker Andy Mulumba—Despite a ton of depth at outside linebacker, Mulumba showed he's every bit of worthy of carrying on the roster as the rest of the players at his position. He tied for the team lead with four tackles if you count his tackle on special teams, which shouldn't be overlooked for a guy on the roster bubble. Included in Mulumba's statistics were two tackles for a loss, showing good quickness off the snap and effective pursuit down the line of scrimmage. Honorable mention goes to punter Tim Masthay, who had a higher net punting average (49.4) than gross (47.8) and three downed inside the 20.
- Offensive tackles Derek Sherrod and Aaron Adams—Sherrod had the more egregious errors of the two, but Adams doesn't get off the hook either. Both players gave up multiple hits on the quarterback, including a couple slobber-knockers on Scott Tolzien in the second quarter. Sherrod continued his shoddy play into the second half, guilty of a false start in the red zone that contributed to the Packers turning the ball over on down and later giving up a sack to Rams rookie Michael Sam, looking slow to shuffle his feet on that play and on several throughout the game. After such a promising preseason opener a week ago, it was definitely a letdown to see Sherrod struggle so mightily.
- Running back DuJuan Harris—The low point of the game was Harris' third-quarter fumble, accounting for the Packers' only turnover of the night. But he also slipped twice on the turf in St. Louis, once on a kickoff return and then again on offense. Harris' subpar 18.0 kickoff return average might have the Packers wondering if that role might be another way to get Janis somehow involved.
Brian Carriveau is the author of the book "It's Just a Game: Big League Drama in Small Town America," and editor at Cheesehead TV and its "Pro Football Draft Preview." To contact Brian, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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