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Packers Periscope: Preseason Week 2 vs Baltimore Ravens

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Packers Periscope: Preseason Week 2 vs Baltimore Ravens

Remember when the Packers and Ravens faced off in 2017? In case you forgot, it was quite a brutal showing for Brett Hundley and Green Bay’s offense. Somehow they managed to outgain Baltimore in total yards but there was no way to overcome five turnovers as they were shut out 23-0.

The good news is, a lot has changed in the past two years. However, both of these teams are still looking to find their identity. The Ravens are rolling with a scrambling quarterback in Lamar Jackson after dealing Joe Flacco to Denver. Then, they tried to mitigate their losses on defense with the signing of Earl Thomas but it’s too early to tell if that will be enough.

This isn’t the same Ravens defense as old with Terrell Suggs, CJ Mosley, Eric Weddle, Za’Darius Smith no longer around. On the other side of things, the offense has a lot of promise. They have surrounded Jackson with some solid talent in wide receiver John Brown, running back Mark Ingram, and first-round wide receiver Marquise Brown. The one thing this Baltimore team isn’t lacking on is speed.

Neither of the Browns played in week one of the preseason, but Jackson continued to build his connection with speedy wideout Willie Snead IV. They connected on a 10-yard touchdown as they handily defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars 29-0. Jackson played three series completing four of six passes for 59 yards and a touchdown. Meanwhile, Baltimore’s defense forced two interceptions and totaled four sacks.

Leading up to the Packers game against the Texans, it was not made clear that Rodgers would sit out until an hour before kickoff. Expect that to change this week as he could get a few series against the Ravens.

On defense, Green Bay will have the tough task of containing Jackson who has the potential to play more than he did against the Jaguars. Last Thursday vs Houston, the Packers defense forced four turnovers but it was the hideous amount of missed tackles that took away from that performance.

“I think we ended up with 24 missed tackles for about 164 yards,” head coach Matt LaFleur said the Saturday after the game. “I don’t think we did a good enough job containing Joe Webb in the pocket.”

Of course, only a few starters played sparingly in this game but don’t expect that to be the case this week. The first-team offense and defense should get some reps but even then Webb is no Jackson so containment issues could arise.

LaFleur stated he would also like to see fewer penalties after incurring 12 against Houston.

Some players to watch this week when the Packer take on Baltimore include Ty Summers, Kingsley Keke, Lane Taylor, Elgton Jenkins, and J’Mon Moore.

Summers balled out in week one racking up a team-high 10 tackles. Presumed starter Oren Burks is possibly going to miss significant time with a torn pectoral muscle he suffered early in the game. Summers will get a bulk of those reps but he will have to continue his level of play against Houston to make the coaches and fans feel a little better about Burks’ injury.

Also on the defensive side of the ball, Kingsley Keke displayed some nice technique and athleticism on a rush in which he flushed Webb out of the pocket. It will be interesting to see if Keke can fight for more meaningful snaps as training camp continues.

Offensively, Taylor is in a heated battle with the rookie offensive lineman Jenkins. Taylor has been the Packers starting left guard the past three seasons, but LaFleur has acknowledged that the veteran is competing for his job against the team’s newcomer. Jenkins had a strong debut in which he played 44 snaps and did not allow a single pressure.

Finally, the receiving group is neck in neck as far as the last remaining spots. Both Allen Lazard and Darrius Shepherd had strong performances last Thursday, however, they will need to keep it up to beat out guys like J’Mon Moore and Trevor Davis.

LaFleur remarked that Moore had a “so-so’ performance in the preseason opener but then had his best practice of the year on Sunday. Davis sat out against the Texans with a stinger. He needs a strong finish to his summer to maintain his value as the team’s top returner and as a progressing receiver within this offense. Right now, Shepherd is the starting return man in his absence and flashed as a receiver with a leaping touchdown grab last week.

The storylines surrounding this team are only going to build after each preseason matchup. Be on the lookout for who is emerging during Thursday’s game against the Ravens.  

 

 

 

Brandon Carwile is a Packers writer who also enjoys watching and breaking down film. Follow him on Twitter @PackerScribe.

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jeremyjjbrown's picture

Moore is a body catcher. There haven't been many successful body catchers in the NFL. Body cacthers almost never change.

stockholder's picture

Moore will be. I believe the packers won't give up on Moore. With Allison and Kumerow reaching their peaks. They still need a future with Moore, MVS, and Brown. They all still have that positive outlook. They would be stupid to give up on any. Adams changed how we must look at the wrs. The packers want their Wrs big and fast. While none maybe that Punt returner. None are fragile. If they stay on the field they will have a place on the roster.

Coldworld's picture

It is true that he needs to step up in games. It is also true that he has an uncanny ability to get open.

He also has a habit of dropping the easiest catches not the hard ones. That is a sign that it is not stone hands but a mental issue. Reaction catches where one goes on instinct without the time for conscious thought are the true test for stone hands.

It is clear that the team see enough that they are not ready to give up on him. That also speaks volumes in a crowded competition. It won’t stop the arm chair experts here, and it doesn’t obviate the need for him to break through this. It should suggest why we should all hope that he does.

PatrickGB's picture

My prediction is that the Packers lose this game. But then, so what? It’s preseason. What’s good about this upcoming game is that the team gets to practice against another good team and work on tackling another mobile QB and decent run game.

KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

Moore goes on PS this year to further develop and if taken than so be it. Too much other talent at WR to keep Moore on 53. Does he have incredible potential absolutely. Barring injuries Pack likely to lose at least one other talented WR unless a trade.

Edit: However, I hope Moore because of his unbelievable Adam's like athletism and potential is given EVERY possibility in the next three games to show he belongs. Also, should he develop a little injury in game four of preseason and stashed on IR I sure would not be upset one bit. :)

Old School's picture

The Packers should have drafted Jackson.

Matt Gonzales's picture

This year will be the test if Jackson can develop into a strong passer like Watson, or if defenses will render him useless by keeping him in the pocket and taking away his first read like Kaep.

I think he is an interesting gadget player but I’m not sold yet that he can be an every down, every game QB option.

flackcatcher's picture

Yup. Far more accurate than my comment below.

flackcatcher's picture

Packers had far more now needs than QB replacement. Jackson's play is flashy, but NFL defensive's with are very good at scheming away Jackson's strengths. Right now I see another Kap with lesser arm strength running a Haburgh? scheme run and shoot which exposes him to constant hits. Not good. It all depends on the Ravens passing game which is limited by Jackson's arm strength an accuracy at the moment.

Old School's picture

Lesser arm strength?? I’ve seen him wrist flip it 60 yards.

flackcatcher's picture

You mean he floated it for 60 yards.

Old School's picture

If you don’t think this guy has a powerful arm, you’re disagreeing with a lot of pro scouts.

Old School's picture

When he replaced Flacco, the Ravens went 6-1, with the one loss being overtime at KC.

He’s the real deal.

Coldworld's picture

Kaep was the real deal against us and Dom Capers. Vick was the real deal until teams figured out how to spy him and force him to try to throw with touch.

Year 2 is tough, particularly for QBs that rely on mobility. Teams figure out ways to neutralize the threat as they did with Kaep and Vick. It only takes one team to figure it out and the others will all adopt that approach.

Perhaps this guy will be an exception, but we won’t know until the regular season starts and teams scheme against him. Time will tell.

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