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...
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 [email protected].
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