Rookie running back Alex Green got his first action of the preseason last night and showed why the Packers selected him in the third round of the draft this past April on one beautiful play seen below:
On the flip side, Green also displayed the area he most needs to improve in if he does not want his appearances during the regular season kept to a minimum.
Green actually does a good job recognizing the stunting lineman (It could be argued that Lang is late getting over) but does a terrible job of squaring his shoulders to the defender. This is a common mistake and is obviously correctable. But you simply can't have him back there allowing hits on the quarterback in McCarthy's scheme, which counts on the backs to keep the QB upright almost as much if not more than catch passes out of the backfield.
As most football fans know pass protection is a common issue with rookie running backs, especially when they come out of a wide open offense like the one Green was in while at Hawaii. We saw this same issue with Brandon Jackson during his rookie campaign - and Jackson went on to become the best pass blocking back in Green Bay's backfield before leaving in free agency earlier this summer.
Green is exciting and dangerous out in the open field. Unfortunately, right now, he's just as dangerous to whoever is lined up at quarterback for the Packers. Until that changes there's no way the coaching staff can trust him with more than a handful of snaps in a regular season contest, if that.
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