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 Week 10 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles...
- Wide receiver Jarrett Boykin––In one of the few bright spots for the Packers in Sunday's loss to the Eagles, Boykin caught a team-leading eight passes for 112 yards. It was Boykin's second 100-yard receiving game since his role has been increased following the injury to Randall Cobb. It makes sense that Boykin was able to build a rapport with Scott Tolzien as two players who began the season on the scout team together, now thrust into the spotlight. Boykin displayed strength and determination on several catches, refusing to go down easy and fighting for yards after the catch.
- Defensive lineman Datone Jones––Jones has come on strong of late, notching two sacks in a game where nearly all the pass rush came from the defensive line while a hobbled linebacking corps failed to generate much pressure. Jones has now accumulated three sacks in the past two games while playing almost exclusively in the Packers' subpackage defense on passing downs.
- Tight end Brandon Bostick––It was the fourth consecutive game Bostick has seen action since Jermichael Finley went down with an injury in the Browns game on Oct. 20, but the first game he's had so much as a single reception. Bostick got the monkey off his back and not only grabbed three passes for 42 yards, but took one 22 yards for a touchdown. While he's yet to show he can fill the shoes of Finley, Bostick is the one tight end on the Packers roster who can make make plays in space and has anything resembling speed. His role continues to expand and did a nice job picking up the blitz lining up in the backfield as an H-back.
- Offensive lineman T.J. Lang––Lang came into Sunday listed as questionable, coming off the concussion on Monday against the Bears, but he turned out to be indispensible. An injury to Evan Dietrich-Smith forced the Packers to make major changes to the offensive line with Don Barclay shifting to right guard and Marshall Newhouse stepping in at right tackle. An injury to Barclay later forced undrafted rookie Lane Taylor into action. For someone who has never played a single play at center, even in preseason action, Lang was a steadying force, especially with a backup quarterback under center. The situation was a turnover waiting to happen, but Lang didn't allow that to occur.
- Packers safeties––Both Morgan Burnett and M.D. Jennings contributed to reasons the Eagles racked up 204 rushing yards, each missing a tackle that cost the Packers yards. Even more costly, however, was their pass coverage that resulted in points on the scoreboards. Burnett tipped the first quarter 55-yard pass to DeSean Jackson in the air, allowing Jackson to cradle the ball for a touchdown and later got beat on a double move from Cooper on a 32-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter. Jennings was guilty for a bad angle and allowing Cooper to get behind him for a third-quarter touchdown pass from Nick Foles.
- Offensive lineman Marshall Newhouse––In the fourth quarter with the Packers down by three scores, Newhouse had costly mistakes on consecutive plays that helped limit the Packers to a field goal instead of getting into the end zone for a touchdown. The first was allowing Eagles linebacker Vinny Curry to shoot by him for sack and a loss of eight yards. Newhouse then was called for a false start that turned second-and-18 into second-and-23. He also failed to engage a blocker that resulted in a one of several batted passes by Tolzien.
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 [email protected].
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