Packers Question of the day - What Surprised you the most from Friday Night?

The Packers turned in an impressive defensive showing on Friday night in their third preseason contest of the year, including some explosive plays on offense. Not even just with Aaron Rodgers at the helm.

Spear-heading the rushing attack with John Crockett, who took on the work load with 13 carries. Throwin the aerial attack engineered by Joe Callahan who showed a substantial amount of improvement and comfort in the offense. The defense's closing speed was another impressive aspect to the 21-10 win in San Francisco.

Which part (or players) impressed you the most?

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Ibleedgreenmore's picture

August 29, 2016 at 10:25 am

Where do you begin, the whole team was great. Callahan and I even think Burks was just darn good. These are backups can you imagine the talent on this team.

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4EVER's picture

August 29, 2016 at 10:31 am

The first two drives on both sides of the ball; how much the offense was out of sync and how the defense regressed back too 4-5 mentally lost positions. Machine like, too much thinking. Peppers, ah-ohh!

Too many to count positive surprising things post the first two drives.

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4thand1's picture

August 29, 2016 at 05:01 pm

The 1st drive the Packers had a 48 yard play wiped out because of a bullshit penalty. They could have easily scored on their 1st 2 poss.

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RCPackerFan's picture

August 29, 2016 at 10:35 am

One of the things that impressed me was the Packers offense with Callahan running it. He just seems to make plays in a Favre esq way.

The players that stood out to me in someway were:

Offense - Callahn, Burks, Cook, Cobb, Allison, Davis

Defense - Martinez, Brice, Evans

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staffordsneckfat's picture

August 29, 2016 at 11:30 am

I'm with you, Callahan reminded me of Favre on Friday night. He played absolutely fearlessly. It's amazing to me he can compete at this level coming from Division 3.

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DrealynWilliams's picture

August 29, 2016 at 12:59 pm

Also credit to the coaches and Aaron Rodgers.

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DukeDivine's picture

August 29, 2016 at 10:36 am

What amazes me is that Ha Ha still can't get angles and break down and tackle. The responsiblity of that TD was on two guys. Mortell and his crap punt, Ha Ha's whiff on an open field tackle on the return and then his block of Martinez in the hole on the big run. If he maintains outside contain Martinez stops that for no gain in the hole, instead Dix gets impatient and blasts Martinez and himself out of the play with no outside contain and gives up a huge run to set up the TD. I'm impressed this inability to break down and maintain balance and discipline hasn't been corrected. A positive impression was definitely Callahan!

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mrtundra's picture

August 29, 2016 at 10:38 am

What I noticed was how the Packers came out of the game with relatively few injuries, if any. The 49ers were dropping like flies on the field.

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Spud Rapids's picture

August 29, 2016 at 10:43 am

For the first time it think Crockett's spot is in danger and Mastay may have locked up his position battle

Callahan improved but he is still a PS player. To quote Spofford from Packers.com:

"I think people are being a little presumptuous that another team would snatch up a D-III QB who has spent no time running its offense, with very little film against starting NFL defenders to go on."

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RCPackerFan's picture

August 29, 2016 at 11:23 am

Masthay apparently wont he battle as they have released Mortell.

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NickPerry's picture

August 29, 2016 at 10:45 am

Off Topic... Terrence Knighton was released bt Patriots this moring. Do we want him? With what they have RIGHT now I do.

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MarkinMadison's picture

August 29, 2016 at 11:19 am

I think the answer here is definitely yes. I don't think Clark is ready to go. I'd take a 30-year-old Knighton over any C-list player we've got who is going to be suspended for the first four games.

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RCPackerFan's picture

August 29, 2016 at 11:22 am

Not sure what the story is with Clarks injury.
But one thing we are lacking is some girth up the middle. Knighton would provide that. I'm assuming he would come relatively cheap so I say go for it.

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L's picture

August 29, 2016 at 12:45 pm

Knighton talked about how playing in New England's defense, with two-gap principles, was a change for him. Belichick mentioned that Knighton worked hard, lost some weight, got in good condition (was this a tongue-in-cheek comment though?), and tried to do the things they asked him to do, but that there were other people ahead of him. My guess is that he might have struggled a bit in being disciplined within the two-gap system (aka base 3-4) which is where his perceived value would be. As a NT in a base 3-4 his pre-snap job is to diagnose the potential blocking scheme to determine which of his gaps is more vulnerable and post-snap he must read the play of the O-linemen against him in order to anticipate which of his two gap responsibilities he must clog.

The Packers run a two gap system in their base formation which makes me wonder if he'd simply struggle here too in the one situation which we'd want him for, but it certainly wouldn't hurt to put a waiver claim in on him or bring him in for a visit in order to find out if he could provide some value to the team as I too think we could use a big bodied linemen like him -- at least until Pennel's suspension ends.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

August 29, 2016 at 04:06 pm

Knighton is not subject to waivers since he is a veteran, so he is a UFA. My understanding is that Knighton still needs a breast plate stretcher. Might be serviceable, but he got beaten out by Malcom Brown (looking very good per pat's pulpit), Valentine, and Johnson. NE cut him despite already paying Knighton somewhere btw $350K and $600K, but they were pleased with some of their young guys.

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4thand1's picture

August 29, 2016 at 05:06 pm

Ted isn't going to pick up a guy that everyone else cuts. I've been hearing this Knighton shit for 2 years now and he doesn't have a team. hmmmmm?

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NickPerry's picture

August 30, 2016 at 05:57 am

Didn't he play in a 3-4 Defense In Denver? Like you said Lou, "It certainly wouldn't hurt to put in a wavier claim on him or bring him in for visit".

It wouldn't hurt a damn bit. Not when your first 2 opponents of the season have Chris ivory and Peterson.

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Ferrari Driver's picture

August 29, 2016 at 10:51 am

I was most surprised by the 49ers backup quarterback sitting during our country's national anthem which is tantamount to a slap in the face to the brave soldiers who have fought and sacrificed physically, mentally, and financially to keep people like you and me free and safe.

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4EVER's picture

August 29, 2016 at 10:57 am

^^^^THIS^^^^

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4EVER's picture

August 29, 2016 at 02:23 pm

What's next for the NFL...

Rush Limbaugh "Other players in the NFL and the NBA can wear T-shirts saying, "I can't breathe," which is a take on the Eric Garner situation in New York City, again misreported by the media. However, while Kaepernick can do what he wants and everybody applauding him and everybody saying he's got the right to, he's got the right to, that's everybody's cop-out.

So the Cowboys can't do that. It's too provocative, no freedom of speech there. League turned down the request. The Cowboys won't be honoring the cops there and elsewhere, but Kaepernick can do whatever he's doing to plaudits, to acclaim, to cheers and all these other expressions against America, tolerated, applauded, accepted. We're told we must understand. But using the stage of the National Football League or your own individual stage to honor police, the United States military, often is now so controversial that the safest bet for you is to not do it.

While he can do that, while the St. Louis Rams players can run onto the field with their hands up mimicking "hands up, don't shoot," the Dallas Cowboys were denied by the National Football League their request to put a sticker on their helmets this season to honor the five police officers killed in Dallas.
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For those who want to take America out of major professional sports, this is the next step.

What would the next step be after this? Maybe refusing to permit any honoring of the military before or during games? "Yes, because, you see, sometimes innocent people are killed. And we have turned our military into mass murderers, in effect. They come back from where we send them incapable of coping with structured, peaceful life. We are condemning our military men and women to come back monsters!" I can see that coming. I can see that happening."

The biggest difference here is the Dallas Cowboys requested permission - the adult, and American way.

NFL; do what’s right, document and reprimand this sleazy, self indulging act.

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DrealynWilliams's picture

August 29, 2016 at 03:04 pm

"However, while Kaepernick can do what he wants..."

End of discussion.

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Steve Cheez's picture

August 29, 2016 at 06:02 pm

Just because somebody can do what he wants, it doesn't mean that he is right, or that I have to agree with it, or even take it seriously.

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DrealynWilliams's picture

August 29, 2016 at 06:12 pm

You're absolutely right. So what's the problem here?

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4EVER's picture

August 29, 2016 at 09:44 pm

So your point is; its ok for Kap but not for the Cowboys?

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DrealynWilliams's picture

August 29, 2016 at 10:29 pm

Here's the thing, I don't care about the rest of your post. I'm only interested in the part about Kap.

If Kap is free to make the decision to sit during the anthem -- how is it not OK when he chooses to do just that? You could dislike it all you want. That's totally fine. You have your opinion and I have mine.

If you want to keep it football -- keep it football. If you want to talk about the reason behind Kap's decision I'm down for that too.

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4EVER's picture

August 30, 2016 at 11:09 am

I did keep it football...what's your point again? What a minute here; my point is all about football. Again, in your mind its ok for Kap to make a point but not for the Cowboys. That's all about football since both entities fall under the umbrella of the NFL. It's your point that has nothing to do with football.

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DrealynWilliams's picture

August 30, 2016 at 12:26 pm

"Again, in your mind its ok for Kap to make a point but not for the Cowboys."

Where did I say it's not OK for the Cowboys? Where did I even suggest that? I said I don't care.

I also didn't suggest you weren't staying on topic. All I'm saying is if you want to talk football -- keep it to what goes on on the field. What Kap did and the social media uproar is bigger than football. You and whoever dislikes what Kap did is bigger than football talk. Your beef is why is it ok for Kap to sit during the anthem after the NFL turned down the Cowboys for wanting to honor cops.

So, again, if Kap is free to do what he did -- what's the problem?

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DrealynWilliams's picture

August 30, 2016 at 12:37 pm

I bet none of you had anything bad to say about Ali.

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4EVER's picture

August 30, 2016 at 02:52 pm

Football and all of professional sports is bigger then what happens on the field, is the problem.

"What Kap did and the social media uproar is bigger than football."

Yes, this uproar is bigger then football, so much bigger, hence the quoted text above.

And yes, I have a beef with the NFL's handling of this problem.

Who is Ali?

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Tundraboy's picture

August 29, 2016 at 09:41 pm

Why the need to defend the military from that. Or use the military as a reason to take that jerk to task.

To me it's a slap in the face to our Country. W e do not need to defend ourselves by saying it's a slap in the face of the armed forces. Thats it's wrong because of that. Its wrong because we are all Americans and it is an insult to our Nation.

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DrealynWilliams's picture

August 30, 2016 at 04:29 pm

"Kaepernick has the right to sit - unless the NFL prohibits that action - and everyone else has the right to comment on it as long as they don't incite violence."

You're absolutely right. 100 percent. @D Thomas

I thought an American could protest and bring (more) attention to the things (s)he believes in. I mean, who are we to question how (s)he sees the world?

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zoellner25's picture

August 29, 2016 at 11:11 am

That Colin Kaepernick really is that stupid.

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mrj007's picture

August 29, 2016 at 01:34 pm

He is no Pat Tillman that is for sure. He looks like the Poster child for ISIS. If I were guaranteed $16M for 2016, I could act like an ***hole too...

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MarkinMadison's picture

August 29, 2016 at 11:24 am

I'm surprised at how little Richard Rodgers has produced.

I'm surprised at how good Lowry continues to look. I thought he would need a year in the weight room to do anything.

I'm surprised at how ordinary Cobb looks when Jordy isn't on the field, even when he has had the whole off season to get healthy.

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DrealynWilliams's picture

August 29, 2016 at 01:13 pm

You thought Lowry would need a year in the weight room to do anything? Strength has always been one of his attributes.

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RCPackerFan's picture

August 29, 2016 at 01:31 pm

Cobb looks ordinary? Are we watching the same player?

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Amanofthenorth's picture

August 29, 2016 at 04:34 pm

Cobb ordinary ? Vikings need you coaching....for Green Bay.

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4thand1's picture

August 29, 2016 at 05:08 pm

WTF games do people watch?

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DrealynWilliams's picture

August 29, 2016 at 05:52 pm

I'm starting to think some commenters here either don't watch the game(s) at all, or if they do, it's more like highlights.

** Side note: This is not aimed towards anyone I often reply to.

*** Side note #2: I hate the fact that I even have to make side notes due to how sensitive people are nowadays.

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staffordsneckfat's picture

August 29, 2016 at 11:27 am

Callahan is a STUD. Trade Hundley for a pick and ride with Callahan as the backup.

His mobility in the pocket reminds me of a young Rodgers. The kid is tough as nails, he stepped into countless throws with defenders in his face.

That TD pass he made rolling to his right to Abby was an absolute laser.

Even if he does get cut I think there is a good chance the Pack can get him back.

Love what I am seeing from these young guys, just a crop of competitors. Truly a shame some will have to go.

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CJ Bauckham's picture

August 29, 2016 at 11:35 am

Callahan's arm impressed me. A few of his medium distance throws (think deep outs) in earlier games had me thinking 'wow this guy really needs to wind up just to get the necessary zip on those balls'. That was not the case Friday. There were some quick twitch releases that really had some mustard on them. Good stuff!

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Tarynfor12's picture

August 29, 2016 at 11:59 am

Callahan and after saying he would be past Hundley if was in GB same amount of time and having negatives tossed at my comment, it seems most now see what I did first.....yes another self pat on the back for me. : )

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DrealynWilliams's picture

August 29, 2016 at 06:05 pm

Or maybe -- just maaaaaaybe it's because we've had nothing but subpar QB play from backups (excluding Hundley, obviously) in previous camps/preseasons that when a #3 QB comes in and progresses week-to-week we become prisoners of the moment.

I'm not saying Callahan isn't good (I know how you and some folks here like to spin things). But let's not act like the ONLY thing that's separating Hundley from Callahan is time with MM and Rodgers.

If Hundley is healthy and Callahan makes the 53 -- throw this in my face.

If Callahan is QB2 for any team this season at ANY point -- throw this in my face.

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DukeDivine's picture

August 29, 2016 at 12:50 pm

Adams is hot and cold. No consistency in his game.

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mrj007's picture

August 29, 2016 at 01:41 pm

At this point he is just another guy. He could be purposely playing this way to mot top Packers hand. Trying to be positive...

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stockholder's picture

August 29, 2016 at 01:46 pm

I agree. Surprise, Janis is on the field with a club. 7WRs make this team.

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Amanofthenorth's picture

August 29, 2016 at 04:37 pm

I'll bet a beer they don't.

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DrealynWilliams's picture

August 29, 2016 at 01:07 pm

Defense. To be more specific -- the secondary. Best performing group this Preseason???

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staffordsneckfat's picture

August 29, 2016 at 01:59 pm

Yes. The secondary is absolutely stacked.

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mrj007's picture

August 29, 2016 at 01:39 pm

Didn't look like passing offense was in rhythm on initial drive. Peppers for sucked inside twice (70 % of his snaps). Dix looked lost. Unsurprisingly, the players who played the first 2 games stood out. GB has depth so not a real test, but Abbrederis, Crockett, Calahan looked good. Mastay won his job. Cool is a welcome addition.

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Matt Weiske's picture

August 29, 2016 at 02:10 pm

Joe Callahan looking like he might be an NFL QB

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Matt Weiske's picture

August 29, 2016 at 02:10 pm

Joe Callahan looking like he might be an NFL QB

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al bundy's picture

August 29, 2016 at 02:41 pm

Lots of missed tackles and poor tackling technique. Pre season or not this is basic football from grade school.
The good news, the LIons and Bears look horrid. The Vikes look dominant on D. Speed, power and quickness and a lot of skill players, low first and second rounders. a real challenge again this year.

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sheppercheeser's picture

August 29, 2016 at 05:47 pm

No way we can sneak Callahan onto the PS, eh? GB is well-known for good QB mentoring. SOMEONE will snap one of them up, unless TT decides on 3-QBs.

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Tundraboy's picture

August 29, 2016 at 09:26 pm

Burks run. Cook blending in as well as he did. Callahan.

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