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"Chips Report" From Packers Preseason Win vs. Cardinals

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"Chips Report" From Packers Preseason Win vs. Cardinals

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 2 win against the Arizona Cardinals...

Blue Chips

  • Chastin West––The most electrifying play of the night came from West, a 97-yard touchdown strike that he caught in stride down the right sideline from Matt Flynn that put the Packers back on top 21-20 after they had fallen behind. West was the team's leading receiver with five catches for 134 yards in total showing he also had the trust of Graham Harrell, who threw three of his receptions. The touchdown pass will get all the attention, but West also showed a toughness by not going down easily on a couple of his other receptions. In the third quarter he got his helmet ripped off but kept going until he got pushed out of bounds. In the fourth quarter, he took a pass from Harrell and was whistled down by forward progress, refusing to be tackled. The Packers may have to keep six wide receivers if they don't want to lose West.
  • Quarterbacks––Though they were sacked more than their fair share because of a leaky offensive line, all three quarterbacks were on top of their games on Friday night. Consider Aaron Rodgers threw three incompletions all night, Harrell two and Flynn only one. After a rough first series, Rodgers went to the no-huddle later and finished completing 9 of 12 for 97 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions for a 126.0 rating. Flynn went 5 of 6 for 141 yards, one touchdown with no interceptions for a perfect passer rating of 158.3. Harrrell completed 7 of 9 for 81 yards, one TD and no INTs for a rating of 141.2. Their combined passer rating was 152.9. Amazing.

Red Chips

  • Donald Driver––To those that thought time had passed Driver by, think again. The savvy vet caught three passes for 40 yards from Rodgers last night, acting as the quarterback's security blanket, all the passes resulting in first downs. The most impressive was on the Packers' second possession of the game following a sack that set up third-and-16. Rodgers hooked up with Driver for 17 yards, just enough for the first down to keep the chains moving.
  • B.J. Raji––With Mike Neal sitting out the game with injury and C.J. Wilson exiting the game with a concussion, Raji showed just how valuable he is to the defensive line. He made two tackles on the evening, coming on back-to-back plays in the second quarter, the second of which resulted in a one-yard loss for Cardinals running back LaRod Stephens-Howling that set up a third down. More than that, Raji was a general nuisance in the Cardinals backfield and showed comfort lining up at end instead of nose tackle where he played all last year. If any injury were to happen to Raji, the defensive line would be in trouble.

Cow Chips

  • Diondre Borel––Borel made his first snafu of the evening by fumbling the opening kickoff of the second half, giving the Cardinals the ball at the Packers' 32 to open the third quarter, which resulted in a touchdown. Had he not fumbled, it would have been the Packers' best starting field position of the evening following a kickoff. Later in the fourth quarter, he was called for a false start on offense and immediately taken out of the game. Not a good way for the rookie to prove his worth.
  • Derek Sherrod––Protecting Aaron Rodgers is priority 1A for every member of the Packers offensive line, and Sherrod struggled in that regard against the Cardinals. Getting time at left guard on the Packers' second offensive series, Sherrod allowed himself to get beat by Cardinals end Calais Campbell for a sack resulting in a nine-yard loss and setting up a third-and-16. In the second half with Sherrod at left tackle, he was beat around the edge on a third down by O'Brien Schofield who hit Matt Flynn as he released the ball, barely escaping a sack. As it was, the Packers had to punt on the next play. It's certainly still early in Sherrod's development and there's still plenty of time for him to improve, but it's probably safe to say he's lost the left guard job to T.J. Lang.
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Edie's picture

I love this paper!

davyjones's picture

Haven't seen game yet...Did Morgan Burnett play? Sure did love seeing him stand Hillis straight up last week and anxious to see more of the same.

Bearmeat's picture

Yes he did, and he looked good. Brought the wood to a few receivers/running backs and didn't blow coverage at all... at least that's what I saw...

Edward's picture

Burnett had an excellent pass defended against Fitzgerald (nearly picked it off).

His closing speed is impressive--if he stays healthy he'll have a few picks this year. And his run D is going to be pretty important, too.

Oppy's picture

Edward,

I didn't get to see much of the scrimmage but I did see this play you're talking about.

What Morgan Burnett did was not just impressive, it was jaw dropping, in my opinion.

The amount of ground Burnett had to cover in his break on that ball to break up the play was just over half the width of that field, from just inside the far hash marks to the sidelines.. Probably close to 30 yards.

There's only two other safeties in the league who have that kind of range, Polamalu and Collins.. and I don't know that either make that play with any consistency.

Amazing athlete at the S position.

Shootz's picture

As opposed to keeping six wideouts, what is the downside of cutting Swain and replacing him with West on the 53?

Majik Man's picture

I think the downside of losing Swain is losing a valuable contributor on special teams. But, in keeping 6 means keeping West, Swain would be odd man out, anyways. Jennings, Driver, Jones, Nelson, and Cobb are the definite 5.

al's picture

almost to bad we resigned James Jones, I would be fine with Cobb and West as our 4 and 5, but I guess this is a good problem to have, but it will suck to see West get picked up on the waivers by another team and he ends up being a complete stud.

jeremy's picture

To keep West they'd have to keep six because there is no way they cut Randall Cobb. Jennings, Driver, Nelson, Jones, Cobb, and West? I'm starting to wonder if signing JJ was worth it. There's to him proving me wrong...

al's picture

Your right about that, I think that West will give us the flexibility to not have to draft a WR after Driver retires though. Imagine Driver retires and Cobb basically takes his slot duty over, then West is our outside guy. Jennings, Nelson, Jones, Cobb, and West not too bad at all.

Jersey Al's picture

That would still require 6 WR:

Jennings
Driver
Nelson
Jones
Cobb

I think Swain is gone regardless. And remember you have Finley back, basically another receiver.

Best bet for West might be if the Pack goes with 3RB and only Kuhn as the FB, but only if West is a big contributor on Special Teams...

Oppy's picture

There's the quandary, though, Al.

If we only keep 3 HBs and 1 FB- which I think will be the case-

do the Packers use the created breathing room on the roster to keep an extra WR as well as Harrell?

Or do they use it to keep a few extra TE's?

I do not see the Packers ridding themselves of Harrell with the impending flight of Flynn and Harrell's preseason performance thus far. Quarless would be an extremely tough cut based on talent, potential. Taylor has huge upside and is the ST's demon that the Packers love to keep around. DJ Williams isn't going anywhere.

I still think fan-favorite Crabtree may be the odd man out, but he's a very tough cut as well..

West may just be auditioning for another team at this point.

DAWG's picture

I like this West kid.
JJ has not done anything this yr. yet!
Maybe TT package JJ or Crabtree for a stout D-linemen, LETS see what happens w/ two more games left.
I agree, if BJ gets hurt, d-line is screwed.
Campen / Slowcom-- beyond me.

davyjones's picture

Our o line performed fine last year. I am no huge fan of Campen's, but beating him up based on 2 preseason games is a bit premature if you ask me...oh, I guess you didn't ask me, but still...give this line a chance to come together for God's sake.

bill dickson's picture

with this passing offense,maybe we could keep 6 wrs...west is big and strong, reminds me of jones with better hands.how bout 6 wr, 4 te,and one fullback, o yeah and 3 rbs...who knows but west looks like the real deal

DAWG's picture

Beating him up? For Gods sake? What?

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