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Blue, Red & Cow Chips From '10 Preseason Win Vs. Colts

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Blue, Red & Cow Chips From '10 Preseason Win Vs. Colts

Our weekly designations:

Blue Chips

  • Aaron Rodgers: You just can't leave this guy off the list. When you go 21 for 29 with 195 yards, three touchdowns and a 124.9 passing rating in only one half of play, you deserve a blue chip.
  • Jermichael Finley: Finley almost single-handedly drove the Packers down the field on their last possession before halftime when he caught three straight passes from Rodgers that took the team from their own 36-yard line down to the Colts 14-yard line. With his performance on Thursday, he now leads all NFL tight ends in both receptions and receiving yards in the preseason.

Red Chips

  • B.J. Raji: It wasn't a dominating performance, but after giving a 49-yard run by Joseph Addai on the first play from scrimmage, Raji and the rest of the Packers only gave up 10 yards on 8 carries for the rest of the half. Raji had arguably his best single play in a Packers uniform when he tackled Reggie Wayne for a 4-yard loss. He was also credited with a quarterback hurry.
  • Jason Chery: People take notice when you have a 75-yard punt return for a touchdown. More impressive was the way he did it by showing good vision, hitting the hole and moving north and south. His speed is obvious. It's too bad he wasn't with the Packers this entire offseason and was getting all the punt and kick return opportunities given to Sam Shields and Quinn Porter earlier in training camp and earlier. He also had a catch on offense for good measure.

Cow Chips

  • Pat Lee: He looked lost in coverage and is probably behind both Brandon Underwood and Sam Shields in the battle for the interim nickel back job. He doesn't have the ball skills of Shields and shows nowhere near the toughness from Underwood as a tackler and in run support. He didn't record a single statistic during the football game on Thursday, not a tackle on either defense or special teams or even a pass defended. It's almost like he didn't play at all. Lee will make the roster but is in danger of being a game day inactive, especially once Al Harris comes back.
  • Brandon Chillar: Chillar is probably on this list for running into Nick Barnett on their cross dog blitz that was caught in isolation by ESPN. But he failed to get home on several blitzes, and a negligible impact as a whole.
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PresidentRaygun's picture

Rodgers to Finley is such a scary combo, just deadly. Defense coordinators must shit their pants when we're in the red zone.

Glad to see a potentially great kick returner, too. Ludicrous speed!

Max (ukpackersfan)'s picture

Why was A.J Hawk playing with the second and third team and not the first?

packsmack25's picture

Hawk isn't on the nickel unit. Chillar is the 2nd nickel ILB. And they played nickle all night.

Max (ukpackersfan)'s picture


davyjones's picture

Wish Flynn would get an extended look with #1's just to see what it might look like if the worst should happen. Maybe Thursday??

Brian Carriveau's picture

I've hoped to see the same thing, davy. But it's not going to happen on Thursday, however. Starters will only play a series, maybe two.

ZeroTolerence's picture

Lee is looking more and more like a total waste of a 2.

jack's picture

i agree. can this guy play at all???

davyjones's picture

I see your point, Brian...couldn't really happen thursday night. In that case, I hope we don't see Flynn with the #1's until next preseason...or, if this year, when up by 35.

Ruppert's picture

BC, I dig the Space Ghost, by the way.

I haven't done a position-by-position breakdown of the final roster yet, but I don't think it's a foregone conclusion that Lee makes this team. I base that on a guess. And I'm guessing that the reason he was IR-ed last year has more to do with the fact that he was clueless at the time of his injury in 2009 than the fact that his injury was truly season-ending. Maybe the numbers shake out to where he'll make it. But it won't be based solely on performance.

jack's picture

just wanted to mention james jones as well. i really like the way that he's stepping his game up so far this season!

TundraBum's picture

If Aaron Rodgers can trade all these blue chips in for a Super Bowl ring early next year, then ... well, err-umm, life is good.

Brian, kindest thanks for your dedication. I've followed your informative writings for many many moons now, and am smarter for it.

Jersey Al's picture

Chillar also got thrown around like a rag doll on the Addai run. Watch #54 on that play...

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