Gut Reactions: Packers beat Saints for first preseason victory.

Aaron gives his gut reactions from the Packers second preseason game. 

  • Not a perfect performance by any stretch, but Jordan Love was dealing for much of the night. 
  • Romeo Doubs on that touchdown catch.... *chefs kiss* 
  • Great to see second year players like McDuffie and Jean-Charles playing well. Draft picks developing. 
  • Juwann Winfree not only did a really nice job catching the football, but he had a number of really nice blocks in the running game. 
  • Patrick Taylor had a really nice blitz pickup where he worked across the formation. 
  • I didn't expect to see much out of Chris Slayton heading into camp. He has really surprised me. Another really nice showing tonight. 
  • Also another solid outing from Kiondre Thomas.
  • Tyler Davis has looked solid in practice, He has looked downright brutal in the games. 
  • Caleb Jones just should not be able to move like he does. He absolutely erased a guy during one outside toss play. 
  • That Danny Etling TD run was so much fun. 
  • Kingsley Enagbare could really make things interesting for this OLB rotation. 
  • Hell of a night from Micah Abernathy. The recognition on the screen play was really impressive. 
  • Always great to see the Packers back in Lambeau. 
  • One more until it counts. 
  • Go Pack Go. 
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uncle10's picture

August 19, 2022 at 10:12 pm

Lazard, Watkins and Cobb will be the mainstays, but can't wait to see the young WR's develop. TE Davis is quickly working his way down the rotation. Love C. Jones and C. Slayton, hope they find a way on the practice squad.

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LLCHESTY's picture

August 20, 2022 at 01:45 am

I think it would be foolish to not play Doubs on 1sr and 2nd down. Let Cobb come in on 3rd down and the red zone but Doubs has big play potential and has shown consistently more than any other WR in camp so far. I think Cobb would agree with me.

https://youtube.com/shorts/QgHy2NZLU3Q?feature=share

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Leatherhead's picture

August 20, 2022 at 09:35 am

Let’s bench the veteran who the QB has confidence in and replace him with a rookie with shaky hands?

We had two long, time consuming drives in the first half. 14 minutes combined. This is our offense. As good as our defense is, it’s even better when it’s on the sidelines. Doubs and the others will hopefully improve enough that they can be on the field against the first string, run correct routes , catch the ball and not turn it over.

You’re a big Doubs fan, but it’s not his time yet.

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Coldworld's picture

August 20, 2022 at 12:45 pm

Cobb isn’t playing every down anyway and wouldn’t hold up
If he did. Some one is playing those snaps. It’s clearly not going to be Rodgers at this point.

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Leatherhead's picture

August 20, 2022 at 07:24 pm

We don’t play 3 WR every down, we only do that around 35 snaps/game. Some of those 35 are Lazard in the slot, so we’ll need Watson or Doubs to take those snaps, as well as give Watkins an occasional breather.

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DTowleJr's picture

August 19, 2022 at 10:13 pm

Too early to crown Doubs, probably, but he should be on everyone's radar by now.
Tyler Davis is playing himself down the depth chart, if not off the team.
Brkic who?
Ramiz Ahmed seemed to get stronger on kickoffs as the game progressed. FGs looked great.
Still some concerns on kickoff coverage, Saints chewed up some big yards on returns.

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Guam's picture

August 19, 2022 at 10:17 pm

Concur on Jordan Love - looked very good until the rain made things a bit slippery and was adequate during the inclement conditions. No interceptions! Chris Slayton may well make this roster. He was lights out tonight with great effort, constant pressure on the QB and solid against the run. Very impressive performance.

Additions to Aaron's comments: (1) The Packers have a damn good punter and NO has a better one. (2) Our kickoff coverage teams still look pretty crappy.

Edit: Rewatched the game and Nijman was impressive at LT. After both SF and NO, I will be okay if Nijman is our starting tackle. I would like to see Bahk back as the Packers apparently only have two tackles on their current roster - Nijman and Jenkins, but Nijman is solid. CVL also looked good at LG last night. He and Nijman were opening holes in the run game last night.

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Leatherhead's picture

August 20, 2022 at 09:01 pm

Love ran the offense, kept it on the field, protected the ball and put points on the board.

At first, I just thought it was those big white arms, but when I rewind and focus on Slayton, I like this guy. There were plays he could have made but didn’t, but I’d hate to have to cut him . And I’d hate to be the guy who has to block him, because this is a strong guy with quick arms. At this point, I’d rather carry him than a 4th TE.

Nijman is our LT. That might change for several reasons, but until it does, I think he’ll do a good job for us

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Coldworld's picture

August 19, 2022 at 10:33 pm

Zach Tom was pushed around like a rag doll all night. Seldom have I seen a guy pushed so far so often. Caleb Jones should be the RT in Jenkins absence and Newman stay at G.

Tyler Davis dropped a sitter last week and a bread and butter one today and hasn’t been a good blocker. He was poor during the scrimmages too. Sorry, he’s not the answer I thought he might be.

Amari Rodgers is a gadget player not a receiver. I’d rather use Goodson in that role, better hands and catch radius and a better runner.

Scott’s injury did not look good. Abernathy deserves more looks.

Coco seemed to have a good game. Perhaps he is a viable option.

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Tundraboy's picture

August 19, 2022 at 11:14 pm

Spot on Coldworld. I would love to see Jones stick. That is one big fast dude.

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LLCHESTY's picture

August 20, 2022 at 03:01 am

Tom didn't allow a pressure for the 2nd straight week according to PFF. I don't want him starting but there are worse things than a guy coming off the bench that won't get Rodgers killed.

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Guam's picture

August 20, 2022 at 07:14 am

C. Jones has all the earmarks of the next Nijman. He is certainly athletic for a guy his size. He needs more work on his technique, but the potential is there. Tom does keep his balance and stays in front of his guy, but he needs a year in the weight room as he simply can't anchor down and stop a defender.

Tyler Davis has just about played his way off the roster.

I also didn't like the look of Vernon Scott's shoulder injury. Too bad as he was playing well.

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Leatherhead's picture

August 20, 2022 at 12:56 pm

Tom has been moved around a lot, as opposed to learning one position, so I can give him a partial pass on a poor night.
Tyler Davis, for the second week in row, hurt the team with a bad mistake. I think he’s done.
I don’t know what you mean when you say “gadget player “. What is that.? Are you talking about the Statue of Liberty or the Hook and Lateral, or do you mean shovel passes, jet sweeps, inside handoffs?

How did a person who is not a receiver lead a major conference in receiving?

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Coldworld's picture

August 20, 2022 at 04:46 pm

Tom should have been groomed as the back up C this year while he worked in his physique. I am nonplussed by their infatuation with Hanson having watched him for a while now. I think that has led to them not helping Tom and Newman and even Hanson as a C (of course I think their attempts to play Tom as a T at this point in his physical development have proved a mistake.)

I fear that we have hindered Newman, precluded Tom from really helping this year and not helped Hanson in his most obvious position. I’ve had such confidence in our O line coaching for so long that I just accepted the enormous screw up in the Championship game, but now I’m starting to think this preseason raises as valid questions.

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Leatherhead's picture

August 20, 2022 at 09:14 pm

Well, we drafted Tom for his versatility, because we had a lot of question marks. The coaches have moved him around to see what he an do. We’ve had about three weeks of practice…..only 18 weeks before the playoffs. Nobody is hindered or precluded.

At this point, in our opener against purple in three weeks, I believe our starting Oline will be Nijman, Patrick, Myers, Newman, and Jenkins. Tom, Rhyan, Hanson, Jones, and Bakhtiari will be the rest of the 10 Olinemen , with one inactive on gameday.

Continue to have confidence in the Oline coaching.

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Dzehren's picture

August 20, 2022 at 12:31 am

Good breakdown Nags.

Good to see some under the radar Packers emerge.
No injuries suffered to the top 50 players. Great night.

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buckyor's picture

August 20, 2022 at 01:33 am

I hope Tyler Davis got an engineering degree in his time at GT, cuz he's gonna need it.

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buckyor's picture

August 20, 2022 at 01:33 am

I hope Tyler Davis got an engineering degree in his time at GT, cuz he's gonna need it.

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Swisch's picture

August 20, 2022 at 01:52 am

I'm interested in what other fans here at CHTV have to say as to why Goodson seemed so much better running the ball in the first half than Taylor.

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Savage57's picture

August 20, 2022 at 06:02 am

I can give you five reasons, and they're the names of the guys who were blocking for him.

I could have gotten five yards through some of the holes they were opening up.

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Guam's picture

August 20, 2022 at 07:23 am

Sorry Swisch, I didn't see the same thing you did. Goodson had some bigger holes to run through, but went down when the first defender hit him. Taylor wasn't getting much blocking help, but he always got the extra yard or two after first contact. Much prefer Taylor running the ball. Goodson is an excellent receiver and may be better served in Amari Rodgers gadget role.

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Swisch's picture

August 20, 2022 at 10:32 am

I asked the question of comparison between Goodson and Taylor wondering if other viewers had seen something beyond talent that might explain the difference in yards per carry.
In other words, it was a sincere question to try to get to the nub of things.
I truly appreciate the two responses thus far, and encourage others.
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I will say that, for the second game in a row, Goodson really popped on the television screen in his performance.
In this game, he early on had two runs of 9 yards apiece, and then a 15-yarder that put the Packers a few yards from what would be their first touchdown.
So, I'm hesitant to dismiss him lightly as just a gadget guy, and wonder if he could be the backup to Jones (who needs a breather once in a while during games, and also seems to get banged up during the season for some missed time on the field).
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After all, Taylor and Goodson were mixing time on the field in the first half with presumably the same blockers. Taylor was going for a lot of 3-yard runs, while Goodson was breaking off those big chunks.
Maybe those blockers performed better during the handoffs to Goodson than with Taylor -- just like one wide receiver may get better throws from a quarterback in any given game while another wide receiver gets throws that are off target. That kind of thing happens sometimes.
However, to repeat, this is the second game in a row Goodson has shined, so I can't help but getting a little excited about him.
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Then again, maybe Etling is the guy we should be look at for a significant role arunning back ;-).

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Swisch's picture

August 20, 2022 at 10:32 am

I asked the question of comparison between Goodson and Taylor wondering if other viewers had seen something beyond talent that might explain the difference in yards per carry.
In other words, it was a sincere question to try to get to the nub of things.
I truly appreciate the two responses thus far, and encourage others.
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I will say that, for the second game in a row, Goodson really popped on the television screen in his performance.
In this game, he early on had two runs of 9 yards apiece, and then a 15-yarder that put the Packers a few yards from what would be their first touchdown.
So, I'm hesitant to dismiss him lightly as just a gadget guy, and wonder if he could be the backup to Jones (who needs a breather once in a while during games, and also seems to get banged up during the season for some missed time on the field).
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After all, Taylor and Goodson were mixing time on the field in the first half with presumably the same blockers. Taylor was going for a lot of 3-yard runs, while Goodson was breaking off those big chunks.
Maybe those blockers performed better during the handoffs to Goodson than with Taylor -- just like one wide receiver may get better throws from a quarterback in any given game while another wide receiver gets throws that are off target. That kind of thing happens sometimes.
However, to repeat, this is the second game in a row Goodson has shined, so I can't help but getting a little excited about him.
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Then again, maybe Etling is the guy we should be looking at for a significant role as a running back ;-).

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Coldworld's picture

August 20, 2022 at 12:53 pm

Taylor is a Dillon back up. He got hard yards and did so wherever we were in the field. He is also a very good protector and made key plays on STs. He’s going to be RB3.

I was, however, very impressed with Goodson last night in terms of using blockers and looking like a RB not just a runner. Make space and he’s a threat. I actually think he’s got a chance if they keep 4.

However, I think his natural position is probably as a slot/option. To me he’s a better catcher and faster than Rodgers and he’s a genuine threat to run from the back field. To me, he should be the slot/option guy on the roster. He is more like Cobb as a rookie than Rodgers is.

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Leatherhead's picture

August 20, 2022 at 09:16 pm

If Etling can do that, maybe Love could too. I think he’s just as fast.

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Oppy's picture

August 20, 2022 at 09:46 pm

I don't think Love is remotely as athletic or fast as Etling.

With that said, Love is a QB not a running back, and the silver lining is Love is a far better QB than Danny Etling.

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Leatherhead's picture

August 21, 2022 at 09:25 am

According to my research, Etling is a 4.7 in the 40, and Love is a 4.6. Yeah, he’s remotely as fast.

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Oppy's picture

August 21, 2022 at 10:00 am

According to combine results as listed on NFL.com, I will submit that Jordan Love clocked a faster 40 time than Danny Etling, but it's not 4.6 vs. 4.7.

Jordan Love's 40: 4.74
Danny Etling 40: 4.76

Other agility scores:

Jordan Love: 3 cone, 20 yard shuttle::
7.21 , 4.52

Danny Etling: 3 cone, 20 yard shuttle::
7.09 , 4.37

I will also state that despite what Love's or Etling's 40 times were, Etling is observably much faster than Love on the field of play. I don't think a 4.7 player can outrun an entire defense in the NFL, do you? Do you think Jordan Love can outrun an entire defense?

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Leatherhead's picture

August 20, 2022 at 01:18 pm

I think that blocking is at least 75% of running. Durability, speed, power, agility….that’s the rest.

I think that this organization wants durable guys who are assignment sure who protect the ball, like Jones, Williams, Dillon, Lacy, Grant,….

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PhantomII's picture

August 20, 2022 at 01:35 pm

Heres the deal. Taylor is the closest thing we have to Dillon. He gets the tough yards. What the Offense needs is a close enough Dillon backup and close enough Jones backup cause ML abandons the run game when 1 is hurt. If ML can get used to both types and confident in using either we will be better off and our run game will not suffer and ML won't have to change the game plan for another backup. Once our legit OL is at strength we should be able to run on most teams. Nijman, Runyon, Jenkins and another big boy Meyers should set up plenty of holes to run strait ahead....Which is what we need the most.This season there is talk of running out Dillon and A.Jones at the same time....Which will be great. The closer the backup is to those two it will run more seamless when rotating RB's.

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PeteK's picture

August 20, 2022 at 01:39 pm

I agree, Swisch. Goodson's ability to scoot, find the crease, and pick up speed is superior to Taylor's more plowing style. I also like Taylor, but Goodson is better in my opinion.

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rstain99's picture

August 20, 2022 at 06:36 am

Realizing ST don't happen over night please just better better than average and that would be huge. Like Doubs seems like the kind of kid that will really enjoy watching as we go forward nice draft choice

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Tex49's picture

August 20, 2022 at 10:40 am

I’d even take slightly below average after last year

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croatpackfan's picture

August 20, 2022 at 07:09 am

Thanks for your gut reaction Aaron.

I'm OK with Jordan Love. progress is visible and is large from game to game he is playing. This time his long balls had a lot of zip, which was not like that in his last week game. Some low passes was a little bit either to short or to low. He will need to correct that. 2 roughing the passer penalties showed that he is not afraid of defenders closing to him. Both passes was not precise, obviously influenced by the contact. TD throw was beauty and perfect use of Romeo Doubs quickness that caused defender to place his back from where the pass is coming.

Winfree was running precisely and help Jordan to hit at the right time. Romeo had one misunderstanding with Jordan Love on 3rd and long when he obviously expected ball on back shoulder, but he had empty field in front of him and it was logical to throw pass to lead him further to the end zone than one who will lead him out of the field. Toure had nice catch in the slot. Tyler Davis has a problem. He looked overmatched and not completely concentrated on the game. He will probably end at PS or will be released. TE Sal Cannella showed up with nice catch of very complicated pass.

Both RB (Taylor and Goodson) was active, but Goodson obviously has better hand for pass. Taylor had a problem with not adequate OL blocking that was not able to open holes. I do not know if the problem was Zach Tom or some somebody else or Tom and somebody else, but there was no much room for running while Taylor was playing.

Second half OL looked better, but they were playing against weaker opponents. Danny Etling is interesting back up QB who shows his experience and quickness. I agree with Aaron his TD was amusing (in positive way).

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NickPerry's picture

August 20, 2022 at 07:10 am

Okay...So EXACTLY what did Gute and the rest of the Packers front office see in Tyler Davis?

I mean he's been so bad I actually felt sorry for him. Well, at least I did until the Saints scored 3 plays later.

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stockholder's picture

August 20, 2022 at 07:19 am

They cut Jace Sternberger for less.

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wildbill's picture

August 20, 2022 at 12:03 pm

I saw Jace is 5th string on the Steelers roster. I thought we let him go too early but it seems his skill set, or attitude, maybe below par

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Coldworld's picture

August 20, 2022 at 12:57 pm

They cut Sternberger for more than just bad play

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Coldworld's picture

August 20, 2022 at 12:55 pm

I think he was kidnapped a couple of weeks ago. Just looks like a totally different guy. That’s a spectacular decline.

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stockholder's picture

August 20, 2022 at 07:55 am

More Danny Etling. - This guy can read a defense. What a great run.

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Coldworld's picture

August 20, 2022 at 12:56 pm

I think that was planned. Rodgers knew they’d go for it if the chance arose.

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13TimeChamps's picture

August 20, 2022 at 02:54 pm

"More Danny Etling" for what exactly? Are you suggesting he's competing with Love for the backup QB position? That was a play late in the 4th quarter of a preseason game against 3rd/4th stringers, most of whom won't be in the NFL in a couple of weeks.

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Oppy's picture

August 20, 2022 at 09:47 pm

You are an abysmal evaluator of talent.

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PackfanNY's picture

August 20, 2022 at 07:56 am

A few players who I thought stood out.

Tyler Goodson. He had a few nice runs but he also caught a pass out of the backfield. Packers will have some difficult choices at RB.

Isiah McDuffie. Guy played like his hair was on fire. Loved it. He gave me more to look at last night then Oren Burks gave us in 4 seasons.

Micah Abernathy. No idea who he is but he made some effort plays.

Doubs and Winfree both showed flashes. I think both will contribute this season.

Bad.

Tyler Davis. He should burn the film now. A bad holding penalty. A second turnover in two games. Practice is one thing. GameDay is another. Just watched a replay and LaFleur’s facial expression after the fumble seemed telling. He was not happy.

Special Teams. Please God, I’m begging. Still a work in progress.

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mrtundra's picture

August 20, 2022 at 08:00 am

Lots of Love haters out there. I don't get it. Pregame, I watched an NFL Network assessment of the Packers. One guy said the Pack will be lucky to win the NFC North, as they will lose to the vikings in week one and then to several other teams, this season. The Bills, Phillie, Splits with every team in our division, and a loss to the Bucs. One guy said we could go close to .500. A lot of that talk was because we do not have Davante, anymore. Fools do not really follow the Packers, but feed off of their own and other non-followers' remarks.The NFL Industrial complex, so to speak. Pack is gonna kick butt, this season. GO PACK, GO!!!

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stockholder's picture

August 20, 2022 at 08:19 am

Love did good. But the problem is, he isn't ready. He's going to have to play in the rain. Not melt. TE is a problem. Not the WRs. The slot is still a concern. This Defense only has to stay injury free.

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NickPerry's picture

August 20, 2022 at 12:29 pm

Getting Jenkins back is huge but WHEN could prove bigger. The week one game won't be as close as some are predicting. This is year two in Joe Barry's defense and the Vikings are a training camp into an entirely new offense...Advantage Packers...Especially week one!

The Packers aren't scoring 30 points a game this year, at least not early in the season. BUT, they won't have to, not most weeks anyways.

The talking heads at the NFL Network are fools. It's HARD to watch that channel with some of the people who work there. That whole "Good Morning Football" crew NEVER played a down, unless Nate Burelson is still there. They get a pretty face and those two other idiots, Peter and his sidekick Kyle or Carl talking out their ass and folks think they know what they're talking about because they work there...WRONG!

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dobber's picture

August 20, 2022 at 06:53 pm

"The Packers aren't scoring 30 points a game this year, at least not early in the season"

It's possible the Packers are the beneficiaries of a defense that regularly sets the offense up on short fields, wins the field position battle, and allows the offense to tire out opposing defenses. I'll point to the 2018 Bears--that defense paved the way for the offense. They were 9th in points scored, but 21st in total offense.

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LeotisHarris's picture

August 20, 2022 at 03:19 pm

Got a haircut recently at SportClips. I asked the young woman cutting my hair if she gets tired of the non-stop sports on TVs in the shop. She admitted she did, adding "I like to watch sports. I don't like to watch people on TV talk about them." I'm with her.

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Packers0808's picture

August 20, 2022 at 08:04 am

Love at this point is adequate. Will not win a lot of championships with him unless lot more improvement. Davis gone wit next cuts! Still like Etling probably PS if not claimed by someone else. Tyler and Goodson interesting to see in next preseason game, should decide who makes the team from this last game. Abernathy and McDuffie look solid.

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KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

August 20, 2022 at 08:20 am

Tell you what it is so fun watching the young talent either for the first time, or seeing players developing into good players.

First, I just have to start off with Jordan Love as this guy is a gamer and his ceiling keeps growing. You can just see the confidence and development. Jordan still needs a lot more experience in regular season games to fully develop but he is well on his way. He looks like he is going to be a very good QB for the GBP's. His draft selection was questioned and dissected many times but Gutey appears to have another success in his bag. Jordan's development & continued development is huge not only for the Packers this season should Rodgers get hurt, but for the next 10-15 years. I think we may have another very good QB on our hands and he is just 23-years of age.

I'm really liking this Goodson kid! Think CW's comments about him as a receiving running back, or in the slot might be a good move. Wondering how this all plays out with Taylor, and Hill?

Wyatt did not show me anything in the game. Has he not fully recovered? Quay has a lot of development to go yet. Both of them do! I tell you I have become a big believer of Chris Slayton. Guy has to be on the team no matter what as he deserves it. Summers has to go but McDuffie is a gamer. Kinglsley has some game and is looking like a steal in the 5th round. Did not really notice Jonathan Ford.

I like SJC and Nixon and this Abernathy plays with his hair on fire. Abernathy has to play all of next weeks game as he sure seems like he has the talent and Gutey needs to find out if last nights game was for real or not.

OL is going to be very interesting like we have been discussing for months with Jenkins back now and DB....when? Jones is a monster and an intriguing long-term prospect but where is there room for him? Just wondering a lot of about Rhyan. Tom is doing okay, but don't ever recall seeing Walker.

Can't wait until Tonyan comes back because the Pack really needs him!!!

At WR sure there were a lot of drops (partially because of rain) but boy the Packers have some good young WR's. As I told everyone after the Friday Night Scrimmage....Doubs just has it! All you have to do is watch him and I know it seems sappy but his style of game reminds me a lot of Adams. He is going to be a very excellent WR. I really like Toure and too bad he dropped that beautiful 35-yard pass along the left sidelines. Same with Doubs on right sidelines during the first drive. Winfree belongs and is just a steady and heady player. These three are only going to continue to improve and we still don't have Watson on the field. An abundance of riches even though these players have a long way to go in their development but by game 10 you are going to see very different players than you saw last night.

The Packers really do have a deep team with a lot of good young talent. Gutey continues to stock pile talent and hopefully this is the year, but if it isn't the team is built to be successful for quite a few more years.

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PackyCheese500's picture

August 20, 2022 at 09:45 am

Here were my impressions following the game:
- Micah Abernathy, with a TFL and pick, looked very good. Would not be surprised to see him make the roster as a 4th or 5th safety. Encouraging that he’s making players with our lack of depth there.
- Jordan Love made better decisions and looked better. Can definitely see lots of potential.
- Goodson had an amazing night tonight; he’s got excellent burst and is fast. Taylor looked solid.
- Doubs needs to be more consistent, but the big plays are hard to ignore. Excited for what he can be. Winfrey had a nice night too.
- Chris Slayton also looked good tonight too. The rest of the d-line and OLBs, though, were not great. They couldn’t put consistent pressure on the QB or finish a sack (this is what happened last year when Gary and Smith weren’t on the field). Enagbare has lots of potential, but needs work. This is why the Packers should sign Jason Pierre Paul before the season starts.
- It was fun to watch Amari Rodgers on all of the gadget plays tonight. Excited to see how he develops as a receiver. Did not agree with the refs overturning that catch, though.
- Caleb Jones looked good, Zach Tom looked OK, and Sean Ryan didn’t look good.
- I felt bad for Tyler Davis. He might not make the roster.
- Kabion Ento had a nice night. Walker showcased his incredible athleticism, and Wyatt was mostly quiet.
- McDuffie and Barnes both look great. The Packers have excellent depth at ILB.
- The Long Snapping wasn’t an issue, which is good, and Ramos Ahmed looked good too. STs are still a work in progress though.
- I hope the Pack keeps Etling around. He’s a fun guy.
- it was funny to see Jack Heflin almost play CB. Welcome to the Preseason!

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KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

August 20, 2022 at 10:17 am

Welcome Packy and good analysis! I didn't mention Amari but I believe he is another WR who is going to impress this year and future years. Guy can move & cut on a dime. Can definitely find a spot for him.

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Leatherhead's picture

August 20, 2022 at 01:24 pm

I agree with you, Knock. It’s a minority opinion, He’s going to get more than 8 targets this year.

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Coldworld's picture

August 20, 2022 at 01:02 pm

I’m not with you on Rodgers at all and skeptical on JPP, but otherwise some acute observations

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KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

August 21, 2022 at 09:11 am

CW,
I respect your analysis quite a bit. Your comment will make me go back and watch Amari a little more than I have to see if I am in agreement.

What I can tell you is that I have watched him in person during scrimmage and on TV and I see a different player. The guy can move and change directions quickly. Having said that.....since I know in the 49's game on the 3rd Love interception he was one of the players who incorrectly ran his route. I am guessing he may be struggling learning the position from a mental standpoint meaning he will likely continue to improve the more comfortable he becomes. Possibly he just is not a quick learner.

What I want to watch is whether he can separate from a defender on his routes as you mention he is lacking. With his quickness and cutting ability this seems hard to imagine. Thanks for pointing this out and I will see in the 3rd pre-season game if I see the same thing.

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PeteK's picture

August 20, 2022 at 01:58 pm

--We can put the brakes on Walker because Barnes was very impressive.
--Goodson and Taylor are keepers, but Hill might be a PUP for an extended time.
--Love improved his short throws. However, most impressive was his pass to Winfree in the second quarter where he had to drop the pass in between two defenders. That type of touch is impressive and not common.
--Can Rodgers go a game without a drop and go after a contested pass. I would like to see Goodson work out of the slot.

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TarynsEyes's picture

August 20, 2022 at 10:57 am

" Light years ahead"

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splitpea1's picture

August 20, 2022 at 11:40 am

Has Gute found another gem in Abernathy? Man, this guy looked totally prepared with the pick and snuffing out that screen. Also, nice fumble return from S Davis. I feel a little bit better about the backup safety situation now.

Not an overwhelming stat sheet from Love, but he made some fine throws; and no INTs. Goodson vs. Taylor is going to be a tough upcoming decision for Gute, but I would think Taylor might still have the edge.

Too bad we can't clone Doubs' hands and glue them on Tyler Davis, who apparently was absent from AR's motivational meeting. Davis is playing his way right off the team.

The broadcaster was funny doing his Chris Berman home run impersonation on the long Saints punt, "...sending Amari back, back, back, back...." I don't think I've ever seen a returner run so far backwards.

Bisaccia needs to find the right combination for kick coverage. Back to the drawing board!

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Coldworld's picture

August 20, 2022 at 01:06 pm

That punter out kicked reasonable expectations. I don’t blame Rodgers for not being deep enough. I do think after that he got way too close and we were just lucky that ball did not touch him. A later kick that he caught on the 3 yard line should have been one he avoided. His decision making still worries me more than anything.

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splitpea1's picture

August 20, 2022 at 03:22 pm

For the life of me I can't understand why it can't be communicated to our returners that they shouldn't field punts inside the 10-yard line; some thick-headedness, maybe? And even on the longer punt, he still took a swipe at the ball around the 5-yard line, even though it was headed toward the end zone....Yeah, I'm ready to capitulate on Amari : like you said earlier, he's probably nothing more than a gadget player.

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jannes bjornson's picture

August 20, 2022 at 05:59 pm

See if he passes the Waiver Wire. I would keep Taylor and Goodson on board.

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jont's picture

August 20, 2022 at 01:20 pm

Trying to add a few points to the good stuff above:

- I like John Kuhn as the analyst / color commentator. Smooth, insightful, some humor.
- Love looked good. The stats don't show much, but he looked better, pretty solid.
- McDuffie made some plays. From the 6th round... good for Gute.
- Doubs looks great for a 4th rounder in his first pre-season. He'll probably have a few rookie moments this year, but I bet he'll be on the field a lot.
- Amari... wasn't bad. He still needs to show something next week.

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ImaPayne's picture

August 20, 2022 at 04:41 pm

I watched the replay of the game. My observations.
1. Love looked a lot better. More confident. Yes his passes could be sharper but so could his receivers.
2. Doubs needs the ball to be perfect. He has struggled adjusting to that not perfect in your palms pass. My opine of him is not settled yet.
3. Keep the young kicker say adios to the old guy it's time.
4. Abernathy looks good tackling and anticipating action. cudos to him.
5. No 72, 6'8 345. love it. we can find a place for a mountain can't we.
6. Amari still doesn't get it, running to the 12 when you can take a knee and get to the 25? Hey pal you ain't that good.
7. Davis, time to say goodbye. looks lost.
8. Dexter is too old, keep the youth from Iowa.

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