Five SnoTapWI Takes About Packers Preseason Game 1
Preseason football is one of those things that I always have trouble with as a fan. As a writer, I know that people crave knowing about what happened in the game, so, I’m forced to watch most, if not all, of the game when I can. If I cannot watch, I’ll tape it and watch it later in the evening. As a fan, I have to try to reign myself in and not get too dialed up about things. It is so easy to overreact from a preseason game but you have to consider all that’s happening around the game. How will do preseason is deliver as many takes that I have and empty the chamber a bit with my thoughts from the game. Feel free to send us yours in the comments or on social media.
1. Lane Taylor is not guaranteed a starting spot – This is interesting to me. Taylor was one of the only starters playing on Thursday, and that’s due to the battle between him and Elgton Jenkins for the right guard position. It appears that their matchup for that spot is very real. Taylor did not have a great 2018 campaign, and Green Bay upgraded their interior line by getting Billy Turner in free agency along with drafting Jenkins. This is a training camp matchup to watch.
2. Ka’Dar Hollman is a stud – We talked about Hollman last week that the hype machine around him was very real. He is a good player and looked great in his first Packers game. There is a difference between playing good in practice and translating that over to live game action. Hollman did that today. He did a great job at the corner position and found himself a turnover as well.
3. There is a legitimate quarterback battle – One of the things that Packers fans will twist when discussing last night is DeShone Kizer played poorly. That’s not true. Kizer played decently, but he missed some obvious throws, no question about it. Tim Boyle looked pretty good and happened to lead multiple scoring drives. That’s what people will focus on when it comes to Boyle versus Kizer. I think the matchup between the two of them for the backup is very real.
4. Defense & Special teams were a pleasant sight to see – Green Bay’s defense forced three turnovers and the special teams had a great punt coverage play that led to a touchdown fumble recovery. That’s what you want to see from this defense and special teams. Even though it’s Joe Webb, that’s encouraging for the Packers moving forward this preseason.
5. I’ve decided to leave J’Mon Island – I announced it on Twitter and I’ll announce it here. Packers may have struck out with Moore. It’s hard for me to say that he deserves a roster spot over a guy like Allen Lazard or Trevor Davis. He feels like the odd man out due to his inability to catch the football. Brian Gutekunst may have to admit his mistake.
Packers will head to Baltimore for Week 2 against a tough Ravens defense. Aaron Rodgers is expected to play in that one, and my assumption is we’ll see a lot of the Green Bay first-teamers in that one.