Back in mid-July I wrote that Desmond Bishop could surprise and it certainly seems like he’s starting to turn some heads a few days into camp. Also of note is PackerGeeks recalling Bishop’s thinly veiled accusation that the team was playing guys for considerations other than their production and ability. (Mr. Hawk, he’s looking at you…)
Andy also brings up the infamous play against the Vikings. Make no mistake, it’s a horrible, horrible play on Bishop’s part. But a lot of what you’re seeing is a guy who is in his first real game action all year (Barnett was hurt the play before) and who was playing on a completely alien surface. Prior to that play, I doubt Bishop had done much of anything on carpet, maybe back in college. But he certainly wasn’t ready for the cutting ability he discovered while attempting to track down Taylor.
The encouraging thing is how well Bishop responded. He made some plays and generally improved as the game went on. Yes, he blew his assignment on Peterson’s big TD run at the end of the game, but for his first serious NFL action, it was a good showing.
Fast forward to training camp.
Bishop is flying around, making plays and getting noticed, while Barnett is on PUP and Hawk looks like, well, Hawk. Throw in the fact that Bishop is apparently considered a bit of a sleeper by some people around the league, and what I characterized as a long shot last month seems more and more like a pending reality.