Surviving Sunday: News, Notes and Analysis from Packers Preseason
If you missed the Packer’s preseason game on Friday Night, good for you! It was about as ugly a display of football as we’ve seen around here for a while.
Luckily, it was the only the first preseason game. Realistically, when talking about anything that happened in this game, one must start with, “It was only the first preseason game, but…”
So that’s what I’ll do.
It was only the first preseason game, but, the secondary was just awful.
The depth at cornerback we’ve all been talking about might be a mirage. One thing I’ve learned over the last five years, those of us that follow the Packers close enough to know about all 90 players on the training camp roster tend to overvalue the guys on the backend of the roster. We all read articles about this guy or that guy who might be the “unheralded diamond in the rough,” that we tend to convince ourselves that they are better than they really are. We especially see it every year with the final round of cuts as we try to predict the roster and practice squads. Every year there are players put on the practice squad that we all figured would get snapped up by another team. And you know what, it hardly ever happens. So when it comes to Davon House, Micah Hyde, James Nixon, Loyce Means, Brandon Smith, David Fulton, Chaz Powell and Chris Banjo, they have yet to show they are as good as their press clippings make them out to be.
It was only the first preseason game, but, it became perfectly clear why the Packers felt they needed to bring in another quarterback. Graham Harrell does not have the tools to be anything more than what he’s been, a below-average quarterback who still looks like the game is too fast for him. BJ Coleman, who has the tools, has not made the jump we kept reading about in his second year, at least during game action. Pperhaps in practice he has looked good, but in real game action so far, he has been shockingly bad. I had high hopes for Coleman when the Packers drafted him, and from what I’ve seen so far, he seems to have regressed. Some of his passes were so off the mark, you were left wondering who he was throwing to. Perhaps he was betrayed by a WR running the wrong pattern at times, but overall, he was putrid.
It was only the first preseason game, but, David Bakhtiari did not look out of place at left tackle for the Packers. While he didn’t have to go up against John Abraham in that game, whomever the Cardinals threw out there got nowhere near the Packers quarterbacks. Bakhtiari showed good feet, always staying centered in front of his man and used his hands very well, not letting anyone get into his body. Josh Sitton, playing next to him, said he didn’t miss one assignment, either.
It was only the first preseason game, but, Johnny Jolly was better than you might have expected. While not nearly back to his 2009 form, Jolly, who has been on a rep count, was very noticeable. He moved very well along the line and pulled a 360 degree spin move that landed him at Drew Stanton’s feet, just barely missing a sack. The numbers are not in his favor on the DL, but if he keeps improving, he’s going to make it difficult for the Packers to cut him.
It was only the first preseason game, but, Johnathan Franklin does not look confident running between the tackles. Once you get him out in space, with a toss or a screen pass, he can make people miss, but inside, I don’t think he’s able to read the play yet. I think that will improve with time, but it might take a good year for him to adapt to how fast things happen out there. But if Eddie Lacy is the real deal as “Mr. Inside”, the Packers can play to Franklin’s strength as “Mr. Outside” for now. I’d say that’s a pretty good combination.
Packers News, Notes and Links
Some gems from Mike McCarthy’s post-film review press conference are discussed by Paul Imig at FoxSportsWisconsin.com.
Kelly Hodgson-Kline applies the packers 2013 theme of Protection, Connection and Reflection to Friday Night’s game and reminds us the Packers are still 0-0.
Jay over at PocketDoppler.com makes some bold predictions after Preseason game 1.
Mike Vandermeuse at PackersNews.com says Don Barclay helped his chances of winning the right tackle job with a good performance against the Cardinals.
Bill Huber of Packer report says it’s no time to panic after a woeful offensive performance.
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.