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"Chips Report" from Packers Preseason Win vs. Chiefs

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"Chips Report" from Packers Preseason Win vs. Chiefs

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jeff Janis by Jeff Hanisch—USA TODAY Sports.

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jeff Janis by Jeff Hanisch—USA TODAY Sports.

Our weekly "Chips Report" will always include two blue chips (outstanding, exceptional play), two red chips (good, though maybe not great) and two cow chips (dud performances). From the Green Bay Packers' 34-14 preseason win against the Kansas City Chiefs at Lambeau Field...

 

Blue Chips

  • Wide receiver Jeff Janis—Just as he's been all training camp, Janis is raw, but boy is he talented. He caught only one pass on Thursday evening, but he made it count, hauling in a deep pass from quarterback Scott Tolzien for a 33-yard touchdown in the second quarter to put the Packers up 17-0. Janis also had a chance to show off his speed on a second half kickoff return, blazing for 62 yards and once again looked comfortable catching punts, averaging 8.7 yards on three attempts.
  • Running back LaDarius Perkins—Perkins led the team in rushing yards, racking up 45 yards on eight carries with a long of 22 yards, averaging 5.6 yards per rush. He also was able to score his first touchdown in the green and gold on a third quarter screen pass from quarterback Matt Flynn, taking the ball 11 yards to put the Packers up 27-7. With fellow rookie running back Rajion Neal on injured reserve, Perkins made his case to earn a berth on the team's practice squad.

 

Red Chips

  • Cornerback Jumal Rolle—Rolle showed off his talent in coverage, breaking up a second-quarter back from Chiefs quarterback Tyler Bray on third-and-13 to force a punt. The Packers cornerback would have intercepted a deep pass from Aaron Murray down the left sideline in the third quarter had the play not been called back by a penalty on Andy Mulumba. Making two tackles, Rolle stated his case to be kept on the Packers' 53-man roster.
  • Linebacker Jayrone Elliott—Some observers may have been skeptical about Elliott as all his big plays had come against backups in the first three preseason games. Getting some early first quarter playing time, Elliott got his fifth sack of the presason, beating Chiefs starting right tackle Donald Stephenson on third down to force a punt. The play before, Elliott also drew a holding penalty on Stephenson, making a third-and-4 situation third-and-12 instead. There should be no question that Elliott has earned a job on the regular-season roster.

 

Cow Chips

  • Cornerback Ryan White—On an otherwise good night from the Packers defense, White struggled in pass coverage, He got beat by Chiefs wide receiver A.J. Jenkins on a deep 45-yard second-quarter pass that set up a Kansas City touchdown and later missed an open-field with about six minutes left in the fourth quarter.
  • Defensive lineman Josh Boyd—After B.J. Raji was lost for the season with a torn biceps, the opportunity was there for Boyd to prove he deserves to own the nose tackle position. But on the Chiefs' first drive of the game, Boyd either got pushed off the line of scrimmage or controlled at the point of attack on multiple occasions while fellow nose tackle candidates Letroy Guion and Mike Pennel turned in promising performances.

 

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 carriveau@uwalumni.com.

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GoldFinger's picture

I would have put in Tolzien for the blue chipper. The reason is this was such a historic game. Probably one of the most memorable preseason games in their history. It was all about the quarterbacks tonight and boy did we get one hell of a treat. Flynn played well but I think we are going to look back in history at this game and this was the game Scott Tolzien came of age.

Most guys have that time in their life where the son finally beats the dad or the little brother grows up and beats his big brother for the first time. Tonight was that shining moment for Scott Tolzien. He caught up and without anymore doubt has passed his big brother Matt Flynn. I'll never forget this night. When the pressure was all on Tolzien he didn't disappoint. Looked like a young Troy Aikman out there tonight with the toughness of a Brett Favre. I just wish everyone could have saw this game.

jmac34's picture

In a week no one will care about or remember this game

The TKstinator's picture

Your reaction to the historic is far short of euphoric.

Evan's picture

So much for the game being a complete waste of time, huh? The most boring and the most useless? I bet you would have paid twice full price to see that NFL Insta-Classic in person.

GoldFinger's picture

It was a waste of time for the starters Evan. Did you see Rodgers yawning and looking at his watch? I also predicted we'd get two to three more injuries which also happened. In regards to injuries this 4th game was useless. Now we have 3 less guys on the team because of a game that doesn't count. Sure the backups saved the day for this game. The fans that went got a rare treat. Good for them Evan and good for you.

Evan's picture

If Rodgers was yawning and checking his watch during a game I've already heard referred to as "The Ice Bowl of the 21st Century," then he needs to check his pulse. I mean, was Michael Collins yawning and checking his watch during the moon landing? All I know is I can't wait to get my copy of the NFL Films DVD.

MarkinMadison's picture

I nominate Banjo for a blue chip. His special teams plays were spectacular.

tm_inter's picture

I would have swapped chips between Jayrone Elliott and LaDarius Perkins. Elliott consistently beat Kansas City's starting right tackle, and was double-teamed after that. I would love to see Elliott lined up opposite Clay Matthews against Seattle next week, and see if they'll double-team both guys.

Perkins will probably not make the cut. He's too small. I would pick Rajion Neal ahead of Perkins.

lebowski's picture

Guion and Pennel are your nose tackles. They're not going to get shoved around. Boyd can be a relief end and emergency nose.

Aeric's picture

Agreed Banjo was active and looked good. . Jeff Janis is gonna go off..seriously I'm thinking 4 touchdowns at Seattle

packsmack's picture

I'll be honest, I didn't know Ryan White was a person until Jenkins (who is awful, btw) beat him like a drum.

Nashville Packer's picture

It sounds like Elliott merely had the wind knocked out of him, but the Packers have such a miserable track record diagnosing injuries, I'm still slightly worried.

He could be a real find, like Sam Shields.

For cutdown day, Elliott, Jeff Janis and Mike Pennel have seemingly taken the suspense away. I'm curious to see how many QBs, WRs and which TEs make the team. Not a ton of drama coming on Saturday. Maybe Nick Perry a surprise cut or trade?

GoldFinger's picture

What I am liking about Elliott is he's a lot like Clay Matthews in the fact he appears to get sacks no matter which side he lines up on. He appears just as good tonight on the left side. The weeks before he was on the right. That's huge if he can continue to progress. I'm pretty sure Nick Perry and Mike Neal are starting to hear footsteps at this point.

I would not be surprised to hear TT is working on moving Perry and Flynn or Tolzien if the price is right.

tm_inter's picture

Elliott has already overtaken both Perry and Neal in my opinion.

GoldFinger's picture

I wouldn't say that yet. I need to see more from him yet which probably won't happen until next year or if Perry and Neal get injured. Wait.. yeah, I am sure we'll be seeing him much more than anticipated. lol

I still love Mike Neal's ability at OLB. This guy appears quicker, faster, leaner and is constantly beating his guy and getting near the qb. He's just getting started at his new position but his potential is still huge. Perry just seems uninterested or possibly depressed. I saw his eyes walking off the field at halftime. I almost get the feeling he feels not a part of this team since they signed Peppers.

They definitely need to keep Perry involved as long as he's healthy as he definitely can make huge impact plays at times. I hope they find a role for him that works like they did for Starks last year. This defense has so many guys ready to bloom this year it's not even funny. They should be borderline dominant.

tm_inter's picture

Elliott had the cramps.

Mojo's picture

Tolzien won a roster spot tonight. I don't know if I'd keep three QB's, but I believe the Packers will. The only question is; who gets to be active on game day. My guess is the Packers will play it safe and activate Flynn due to his prior game experience. Don't know if it will end up that way at seasons end.

Nice TD by Janis, but the majority of the credit on that play should go to Tolzien. He put it right into his hands. Great throw. But Janis is a lock to make the roster as is Elliott. Pennel. I would say is a near lock. Nothing spectacular, but nothing that bad either. At worst he's a stop-gap(pun intended) guy until they can get something better.

Really like the RB's on this team. Harris is going to give opponents fits. After dealing with Lacy, then trying to chase him around.

Sherrod played the whole game and looked OK to me. Feel a little better about the backup tackle spot.

Wonder what they'll do with Bradford. Probably a PS candidate. If someone claims him, then so be it.

GoldFinger's picture

Excellent post Mojo. I agree with pretty much everything you said.

Allan Murphy's picture

Sherrod did not look good he got pushed around too much for me .

Allan Murphy's picture

Elliott i think you have something their WOW !!!

Point Packer's picture

TT's Janis pick in the 7th was pure genius.

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