Packers 28 Cardinals 20 – First Impressions of 2011 Preseason Game 2
Nice play by Robert Francois on the opening kickoff coverage. Held his lane well and closed down what had been an open running lane for the returner.
BJ Raji quickly forces a holding penalty coming from the right end position. I personally would rather see Raji stay at nose tackle, but I understand why the Packers are moving him around. His quickness for a guy with that body type is freakish.
Packers trusting Tramon Williams to cover Larry Fitzgerald one on one. Expect him to draw similar assignments all year.
Scott Wells with a very poor effort, which results in Rodgers taking a hit right after throwing. Wells played the part of statue, letting the player bounce to his left without even going after him other than a weak hand swipe. No excuse for that.
Really like what I’m seeing from Erik Walden at ROLB so far. A few nice “force” plays on runs to his side and showing some outside pass rush speed.
Kevin Kolb must be pretty slow to just barely get away from Howard Green and then get caught by Ryan Pickett.
Vic So ‘oto with a nice looking outside pass rush on the play where Larry Fitzgerald makes that diving one-handed catch. Soto is getting a good number of snaps with the “ones”, sharing Matthews’ spot with Zombo. Coaches obviously like what they’ve seen of Soto. He certainly has the size and strength. The question will be mobility.
Ryan Grant runs into his own lineman for no gain and then on the next play, makes the wrong cut after breaking the line of scrimmage. Just like old times…
Ouch! Awful pass-block technique by Sherrod at guard and Rodgers goes down. He was off-balance from his first step and was way too high – his main problem so far.
Josh Sitton gets beat and gives up a sack – you don’t see that very often.
Tim Masthay – what a find…
D. J. Smith – All out effort all the time. Always in or or around the tackle. He’s a pint-sized keeper.
We finally get our first glimpse of Alex Green as a Packer. He is what I hoped – a dynamic running back that can avoid tacklers or run through them. He could very well be the reason Ryan Grant is not re-signed next year.
So basically, if the Packers use the no-huddle and let Rodgers “call the plays,” at the line of scrimmage, they can score at will. Good to know.
Harlan and Gannon jinxing players all night. As soon as they talk someone up, something bad happens. They take it to a new level: “Ryan Williams has been the talk of the Arizona camp.” Boom! Williams goes down – knee injury, probably out for the year.
Ricky Elmore – it’s been nice knowing you…
Shields gets beat for a TD on a fade route. Actually very good coverage by Shields – ball was in a perfect spot to the 6′ 5″ Stephen Williams. It happens.
I like what I’ve seen over the first two preseason games from M.D. Jennings. He reminds me a bit of Morgan Burnett. I think he’s a Practice Squad keeper.
Jarius Wynn playing well for the injured C.J. Wilson, who was in for the injured Mike Neal. He’s getting a lot of snaps and making the most of it.
T. J. Lang hasn’t shown me he’s an NFL starter, and Derek Sherrod isn’t ready for prime time. Left guard continues to be the Packers Achilles Heel.
Chastin West is not a speed burner, yet he isn’t caught by a faster DB on his 97 yard TD catch and run. Curious…
If Graham Harrell can learn how to handle pressure, he can be a solid backup.
I also think that if Harrell gets a few more years in MM’s QB school (a shame about this year), he will make a better NFL QB than Flynn.
Jersey Al Bracco is the founder and editor of AllGreenBayPackers.com, and the co-founder of Packers Talk Radio Network. He can be heard as one of the Co-Hosts on Cheesehead Radio and is the Green Bay Packers Draft Analyst for Drafttek.com.