Just a quick look at what I’m looking for on Saturday night …
- Offense: Running backs – With Kregg Lumpkin having sat out of practice all week and, as such, nearly guaranteed to sit out of tonight’s game, Quinn Porter figures to get a couple more snaps. Seeing as Porter has a legitimate chance to win the No. 3 halfback job, his performance tonight will be very important for the undrafted rookie. Seeing as how poorly the running game as a whole performed the first preseason game, especially in the first half, it’s worth seeing if they improve. It’s also worth noting that Ryan Grant will be playing in his first game since suffering a concussion in last week’s game. And John Kuhn figures to get some snaps at halfback.
- Defense: Outside linebacker – The Packers need more pass rush from this group, and while sacks would be nice, it just be nice to see more quarterback pressures and hits. Cyril Obiozor will probably be back in action, so this game is imperative to his chances. But because he’s back, Brandon Chillar also shouldn’t have to play so many snaps this week. Frank Zombo has been trending upward since coming back from an ankle injury, so he needs to continue that trend.
- Special teams: Chris Bryan – Because Tim Masthay served as the place kick holder for the first preseason game, Bryan should get every opportunity to do the same this game. Not having any experience as a place kick holder since coming to the states, Bryan needs to have a good showing. His punting, obviously, will also be worth keeping an eye on. He already does a good job pinning opponents inside the 20, now he has to as good hangtime as Masthay.