Five things to watch in Packers vs Jets

Five things to watch in Green Bay's second preseason game versus the New York Jets.

There was plenty to take away from the Packers’ first preseason game against the Houston Texans last week, for better and for worse, and some of what we saw a week ago will inform what to keep an eye on in Green Bay’s second preseason game against the New York Jets.

Here are five things to watch on Saturday night:

Is Jordan Love going to play?

This is the question everyone wants to know the answer to.

Love being able to go on Saturday will not only be important for his development as a young quarterback, it will make the game exponentially more watchable.

It will be disappointing if Love is unable to play, and it sounds like the Packers will give him every opportunity to show he’s healthy before the game, but hey, at least we’ll get to see Kurt Benkert continue to sling it as a consolation prize.

Will the OL improve?

The offensive line was… sub-optimal against the Texans, especially in the run game.

On too many occasions, there was simply nowhere for Green Bay’s running backs to go, as they routinely ran into a brick wall.

In the wake of the poor showing from the Packers O-line, Matt LaFleur has opened up the competition for a spot at left or right guard, with rookie Royce Newman now getting into the mix.

With the regular season on the horizon, the Packers badly need a player or two to grab their opportunity with both hands and prove they are worthy of starting in the opener.

New cornerback Isaac Yiadom

It was time that Josh Jackson moved on. If for nothing else, just so that Packers’ fans don’t have to keep holding on to a tiny shred of hope that the light would eventually come on for Jackson.

There is absolutely no guarantee that Yiadom is better than Jackson or even makes the roster. It’s going to be tough for him to catch up with the other corners midway through training camp.

But Green Bay will likely give him his first opportunity to show what he has against the Jets, and the bar is set pretty low for him after Jackson’s performance last week.

Will Oren Burks continue to shine?

Burks had somewhat of a coming out party on Saturday against Houston, frequently finding his way into the backfield.

The big question is, was that Burks finally coming alive in the Packers defence? Or just Joe Barry deciding to send him on blitzes against a Texans offense expecting something more vanilla?

If Burks is able to follow up his impressive performance with another one versus the Jets, then he could begin to establish himself as the Packers’ number three middle linebacker, which would be quite the turnaround.

There’s also an equal chance he reverts back to being the underwhelming linebacker we’ve seen in the past, with special teams continuing to be his calling card.

Can special teams get any worse?

It’s still early, but Green Bay’s special teams unit did not get off to a promising start in their first preseason action.

Between big punt returns given up, another punt nearly blocked and Amari Rodgers fumbling back into his end zone, Packers fans will be concerned to say the least ahead of the second game.

The good news is, it can’t possibly get any worse, right?... right?

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Mark Oldacres is a sports writer from Birmingham, England and a Green Bay Packers fan. You can follow him on twitter at @Marko7LW

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Bearmeat's picture

August 19, 2021 at 06:59 am

You are what you emphasize. Green Bay has not emphasized special teams since prime Ron Wolf. Current evidence: the punter and long snapper from 2020, despite being awful, will be the punter and long snapper again.

They will continue to suck.

Oren Burks has sucked for two years. His problem isn’t speed. It’s between the ears. He doesn’t think as fast on the field as he needs to. I see no reason why the new defense will change that.

I am surprised that no one has stepped up at OG. There were lots of quality options provided by personnel. Kudos to MLFs staff that they’re being aggressive in searching out every option available.

As for the rest of it? Jordan Love hopefully playing and playing well, and no injuries.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

August 19, 2021 at 07:22 am

I have been a fan of Milt Hendrikson's ability to find OL talent. Early days yet, I suppose.

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murf7777's picture

August 19, 2021 at 07:35 am

Regarding Burks, we can hope he is a slow learner and the curve has ended. What I do know is he had one hell of a game. Keeping fingers crossed.

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Bearmeat's picture

August 19, 2021 at 08:54 am

He had success run blitzing and blitzing the QB. Yes, he timed a few snaps well. But was there any read/react plays you'd want from a rangy ILB? No.

I have very little faith he will develop, regardless of the system. Maybe as a weakside 43 LB in a Tampa 2. But that's not what we run.

He's a good special teams player. And a bust as a 3rd round pick Gute traded up for. It happens.

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dobber's picture

August 19, 2021 at 09:44 am

I come back to the fact that other ILBs in similar situations (De'Jon Harris) were used in the same way and they flashed, too. I think it's play calls more than player.

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Coldworld's picture

August 21, 2021 at 09:55 am

Until I see recognition and diagnosis in addition to just head down blitzing I think this is potentially fools gold. I thought Burks looked to get out of position on other plays. If all he is being asked to do is come on as a situational blitzer, that’s going to be pretty obvious and he will see few snaps and be exploited if the play changes or he’s in as a decoy.

As a ST leader, it may not matter to the coaches, it may be that this is all he is asked to do. Both he and Harris are ST first types who would be active for that reason if on the roster. However, if that is true, it means this role would be non existent on 95 plus percent of defensive snaps. As such, last week would be an example of spectacular preseason play that would be infrequent in the regular season. Nice little tweak but no more.

Can Burks, Harris or Martin show they can be relied upon for more (Martin looked very good doing that type of thing last year)?

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Bure9620's picture

August 19, 2021 at 09:46 am

It falls on Head Coach. McCarthy did not emphasize ST nor does MLF. I cannot count how many times the Patriots during their reign won games as a result of a teams play, even when they were outplayed. Belichick emphasizes special teams. Need I remind anyone of the '14 NFCCG??

As it is often said, many games in the NFL are won but rather lost...Often times Special teams does not necessarily win a game but it can sure as hell lose one

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Coldworld's picture

August 21, 2021 at 11:15 am

Yes, it does reflect on the head coach but is it emphasis or choice of STC? Last week was Zook-like in its spectrum-wide failings. That should not be excused because the players are bottom of the roster often: those players make up the core of STs and it’s their route to a roster. Disorganization and confusion is not acceptable this far in camp. A repeat should raise very serious questions about Drayton.

It will be interesting to see if recently signed players like Yiadom and Hazelton show up on STs. Also, watch Daffney, he was a standout last year and may cement a roster spot.

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NickPerry's picture

August 21, 2021 at 10:49 am

I don't agree with that Bure9620... Didn't MLF try to hire Darren Rizzi only to have Rizzi lowballed by Ball and the Packers FO? According to Silverstein MLF and Rizzi had a great meeting but the Packers let him walk without a deal.

THAT'S totally on Ball and the rest of the FO. To make matters even worse it was during a year where very few ST coaches of any substance were available.

Lets give Mo Drayton a chance. Christ with what he's seen he should have the WHAT NOT TO DO down pat. It was the first preseason game with 30 players sitting out...lets give it a chance.

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Coldworld's picture

August 21, 2021 at 11:19 am

I am willing to give Drayton a chance, but unless there is an improvement in discipline and organization today and next week, that chance will be expired. After camp, the kind of inept showing across all aspects is not acceptable. Once maybe, but continuation would, or should, be terminal. Adequate STs are not that hard and it’s not personnel. This roster is plenty athletic enough to cover and block.

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ImaPayne's picture

August 19, 2021 at 12:01 pm

Totally agree. I remember Jimmy Johnson saying something of wisdom when asked about his great Miami Hurricanes team. "We recruited speed. You cant coach speed". As a track guy I understood. If your fast your fast and if not you never will be.
Burks is another guy who just like a lot on this team lack either speed, agility, mental sharpmess. All things you cant coach so how do you expect that person to get better?

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ImaPayne's picture

August 19, 2021 at 12:03 pm

Totally agree. I remember Jimmy Johnson saying something of wisdom when asked about his great Miami Hurricanes team. "We recruited speed. You cant coach speed". As a track guy I understood. If your fast your fast and if not you never will be.
Burks is another guy who just like a lot on this team lack either speed, agility, mental sharpmess. All things you cant coach so how do you expect that person to get better?
You either use captital to move up in the draft and get those qualities or settle on lesser talent and hope for the best. Lot of hope on this team, little talent

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scourge's picture

August 19, 2021 at 04:51 pm

Your evidence is a punter they used a 5th round pick on and a long snapper they used just ANY draft pick on? That's proof that they haven't put an emphasis on special teams?

I trust you'll see where that logic falls apart. I would guess over 90% of the LS's in the league are undrafted and...80 pct of the punters.

I think they're looking for improvements at Punter(not at LS, don't agree that's a real issue, but we don't need to agree). But given the strength of Scotts leg and how well he's punted at times, isn't it possible that...they're expecting improvement to come from him?

I think we should remember when we cut Ryan and he went on and become a very good punter in Seattle that just cutting a player who's struggling doesn't in and of itself ensure improvement(nor is it a sign you're "emphasizing" an area on the team).

In fact I remember quite a large number of Packers fans calling for Crosby to be cut after a bad game in Detroit.

As for Oren Burks you see no reason a new defense would help him? Well...blitzing from depth is a good start as opposed to walking up to the LOS and just BEGGING teams to run traps on you.

But the biggest flaw there is if you're "thinking fast," while playing LBer...you're still going to be caught up in the wash or beaten down the seem. You need to react. Something a new scheme and a better DC absolutely can help with.

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Bure9620's picture

August 21, 2021 at 10:42 am

I share your skepticism on Burks...He had a well timed blitz against second team players and an offense whom thought the Packers would be vanilla....why blitz there? To help his confidence?...Why put that on film?? That was the play of a practice hero.....Burks to me a is a bust, I always thought he was a huge reach in round 3. I will gladly admit being wrong and I hope I am and Burks absolutely balls out. I simply do not see that happening and I will read nothing into his performance in a pre- season game.....

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

August 19, 2021 at 07:20 am

The Jets have a good defensive line. It starts with Williams, but Carl Lawson and to a lesser extend Sheldon Rankins (really good a few years ago) and Vinny Curry all are bonafide NFL starters. It is a good test for the offensive linemen.

I really liked Becton a few years ago. He has been getting beaten like a drum in the scrimmage and apparently by Carl Lawson in the Jets' own TC practices. IDK: PFF game him a solid 74 grade for 2020.

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Coldworld's picture

August 21, 2021 at 10:22 am

Well, after injuries this week, that may not be as much of a test as expected. Their prime pass rusher, Lawson, was lost for the season. The two likely first candidates to replace him are UDFAs. In addition, Williams only just returned to full practice on the day Kawson was injured.

https://www.ganggreennation.com/2021/8/20/22634315/lawson-a-huge-loss-bu...

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

August 21, 2021 at 11:40 am

All true. And GB didn't run very well against the Jets who did play.

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stockholder's picture

August 19, 2021 at 07:40 am

My 5. LT? Slaton ! Secondary. St. Brown/Taylor. RB

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dobber's picture

August 19, 2021 at 08:09 am

Looking to see which starters play, and how much. Only a couple (not counting specialists) played against the Texans. When there were 4 preseason games, game 3 was usually the one where starters got the most play. With only 3 games, it stands to reason that we'll see the most starters' snaps this week.

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Coldworld's picture

August 21, 2021 at 10:25 am

I think that likely changes if they hold Love out. I would expect them to be cautious with him, playing him sub par seems like something LaFleur would avoid at this stage. If Love plays next week I’d expect to see starters. There is a gap before game 1.

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Guam's picture

August 19, 2021 at 08:11 am

I continue to be a Burks sceptic. He will have to have three good preseason games to convince me he is worth keeping.

I hope someone steps up in the next preseason game and grabs hold of one of the starting guard spots. The Packers need some clarity in at least one of the two guard spots pretty quickly or this could become a serious problem until Bahk returns and shifts Jenkins back to guard. Should be an interesting game........

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scourge's picture

August 19, 2021 at 04:39 pm

Or until Bahk comes back and Turner shifts back to guard...(which in this case would mean Jenkins plays RT, not LG).
I don't understand why...if you've got a player with the length, the athletic ability, the feet, all the requisite skills to excel, why would you play them at the 4th most valuable position on the OL rather than the 1st..or because they've got Bahk, the 2nd(RT).

Guards are more important in this outside ZBS we run, but if it's a soon to be 38 year old QB or a young QB, slowing down all these edge rushers...that's a larger priority.

I'm with you on Burks. I'm very skeptical he's figured anything out. That said, his problem's never been running downhill or hitting. It's when he's asked to read the play. If Barry can get him playing free, loose and without having to think much, who knows.

Even if that is fools gold, his contributions on STs are invaluable for this team.

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rodgersrules's picture

August 19, 2021 at 08:17 am

People need to remember one thing about special teams. More than anything else it signifies an overall lack of depth of quality football players. If you don't have a whole bunch of very good players, because you're hitting on the majority of your draft picks, your special teams are going to suck. That's on you know who.

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HawkPacker's picture

August 19, 2021 at 08:28 am

I remember watching the game and the cameras showed a close up of the Special Teams Coordinator and he appeared somewhat confused and unorganized. If they aren't organized on the sideline how can they expected to be organized and therefore playing well when on the field!

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TheKanataThrilla's picture

August 19, 2021 at 02:33 pm

I totally disagree with that statement. Case in point the U.S men 4X100 relay team in the Olympics. There was no shortage of talent on that team and they should have easily been in the finals. However, they looked totally disorganized/not prepared and it looked like they either didn't practice or didn't take it seriously. We have some pretty good athletes on our special teams, but seeing them out of position or make stupid plays is a coaching and practicing issue.

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Wrongbayfeldlman's picture

August 21, 2021 at 09:53 am

People need to remember what? Poor teams play is on who?
Who do we pin the two championship appearances on?
Who do we pin the 34 wins the last two years on?
Who’s responsible for the 12 game win improvement from 2018 to 2019?
Ohh but gute is a failure because of teams? Is that what you’re trying to say?

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Coldworld's picture

August 21, 2021 at 10:33 am

There is no excuse for dire ST play. If one intends to win, then poor play and coaching should not be tolerated where it gets less from the talent than the norm. Simply put, that’s what the Packers have been doing recently. Our STers aren’t noticeably less athletic than any other team’s. We may not have had the best or healthiest returners, but that doesn’t explain blocking or coverage, and those two facets were putrid last week. If you want to handicap the team, ignore or excuse STs. If you want to win, demand at least adequate discipline and consistency.

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Coldworld's picture

August 21, 2021 at 10:37 am

I look at the 85, and I see perhaps the strongest, deepest and most athletic group in years. If you are seeking to use that as an excuse for STs, that’s simply not a valid one this year. The raw materials are there.

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RCPackerFan's picture

August 19, 2021 at 09:13 am

Is Jordan Love going to play?
Jordan Love is definitely at the top of the list. If he plays, if he doesn't. If he does play but hasn't had much practice time, how will that impact him. This is supposed to be the summer of Love and so far we have one half of football, and possibly will miss the 2nd game.

Will the OL improve?
Yesterday they had Newman and Runyan at the starting OG spots. It will be interesting to see if those 2 are the starting OG's again. If those 2 would be the starting OG's for the season, they will be going in the season with Jenkins at LT, Runyan at LG, Myers at OC, Newman at RG, and Turner at RT. The only player that would be returning to his normal spot from last year would be Turner. They would have 2 rookies starting. They would have a guy starting for the first time at LG. And Jenkins who has not started at LT.

New cornerback Isaac Yiadom
I look forward to seeing what he can do. Not only at CB but on Special Teams. RIght now his likely path to the 53 is on special teams. If he can provide a boost on special teams, that will definitely secure him a spot on the 53. There are a quite a few guys ahead of him already.

Will Oren Burks continue to shine?
I'm curious to see what Burks does. He played great. Can he repeat that? We know he is a good special teams player. But perhaps the light went on, or the new defense has really allowed him to show his abilities. Either way, i want to see it happen again.

Can special teams get any worse?
Sure. I don't think it will, but it could. Hopefully we can see some progress made this week.

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Lphill's picture

August 19, 2021 at 10:41 am

Always special teams it’s like Groundhog Day with them.

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ImaPayne's picture

August 19, 2021 at 12:09 pm

My two cents. I never thought Ted T paid attention to a future draft picks injury record and certainly not his IQ. Rick Spielman drafts guys who are brainy. That is a top requirement. You check and the Vikes are the least penalized team in football for like the last five years or something.
His special teams players dont make stupid mistakes like field the ball on the three and get tackled on the 10 when you can let the ball go into the endzone for a sure gain.
There is a host of dumb asses on this team on both sides of the ball but special teams is full of them.

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packer132's picture

August 19, 2021 at 12:39 pm

Keep your two cents. Patriots were the least penalized team last year. VIkings have had many players in trouble off the field, so Spielman has not drafted brainy guys. Gladney was arrested for assault a few months ago, and could get 2-10 years in prison. They have had players arrested for DUI and domestic violence. Take your dumb ass comments back to Minnesota.
“The fact that we have had three recent off field situations is unacceptable and disappointing,” G.M. Rick Spielman said in a statement issued by the team earlier on Wednesday. “Our organization looks at each situation and the circumstances involved to determine our actions with those players and how to best move forward.

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fastmoving's picture

August 19, 2021 at 02:27 pm

but nothing can beat some posters here, when it comes to IQ. Right Payne.
And why the Vikes have such an high IQ GM, its the reason they have so much high IQ players and thats the reason they won so much games the last 10 years. Got it.
Even there QBs are so high IQ, they belong to the 20% in the NFL who are from Neadertal and are weak and afraid of everything. So high IQ people. But if they die they die........these weak cowards. Haha......
But they are smart like hell for some and that said more about Payne than everyone else. I dont even know if you understand what IQ means.

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LeotisHarris's picture

August 19, 2021 at 07:27 pm

You know we can check stats on the interwebz, right? I took a quick look at the last 10 seasons, and your beloved Vikings were indeed the least penalized team... in 2015. One year. Remember the 2015 season? It's easy to place because they went 11-5 that year, sandwiched between the 7-9 2014 season and the 8-8 2016 season. Love the consistency brainy guys bring to a club.

Does Spielman ever have the brainy guys he drafts help him look for all the Lombardi Trophies the Vikings have won?

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ricky's picture

August 19, 2021 at 01:30 pm

If Yiadom is out there early, and the Jets decide to throw a lot of passes his way, is that evidence that there is at least some collusion between the coaching staffs? That the Packers want to see what Yiadim can do in real game conditions, as the Texans did with Jackson. I expect the same results: that Yiadom gets picked on early and often, and shows he can't be a reliable defender. Or maybe he'll surprise, and be a good pickup.

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Packers0808's picture

August 21, 2021 at 10:42 am

Lets hope for the best! Always great to have a good reliable back ups!

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Coldworld's picture

August 21, 2021 at 10:45 am

He is supposed to be better in zone, which might make him a better fit for our D this year than theirs last year and to be more physical. I think the fact that he seems to bring ST acumen and experience may be more relevant. If he is adequate on D, he could squeak a roster spot as a result of STs. Could also be that Hazelton may make an appearance: at 6’2” and 222 he is an ideal physique.

I will be watching Ento and Daffney on STs. Both could seal their spot there and both have looked good on STs this camp and last season respectively.

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fastmoving's picture

August 19, 2021 at 02:32 pm

Burks can be a great player this season, thats for sure. He was always smart and fast, just had some bad luck with injuries, thats all.

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fish's picture

August 19, 2021 at 03:02 pm

Nobody questions Burks' athletic ability, and everything I have read says that he is an intelligent guy. I don't think he's been overly burdened by injuries. His "issue," in my opinion, is that he has bad football instincts. He chooses the wrong gap to fill too often, and as others have mentioned is a click slow to react. (Thinking first, then reacting).

I wonder if a training technique would help him where he takes reps as the RB or TE to let him see why they take the routes they do. That would take quite a bit of extra time for just one guy, but the athleticism is there, so maybe that would be worth it. Maybe put a camera on the RB or TE for Burks to watch would be easier. .... Probably a stupid idea, but if it worked ...

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dobber's picture

August 21, 2021 at 10:39 am

Most guys look good when they can attack and play downhill. That's what we saw out of that ILB position against Houston on Saturday. Most OC will recognize how that player is being used and will adjust to take advantage of him when the games count...so we'll see if Burks' game has expanded and the game has slowed down for him, or if he's the same guy.

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canadapacker's picture

August 20, 2021 at 05:44 pm

Special teams require special guys - besides being fast - they need to be smart and kamikazi - to draw those holding penalties. Several times they did not force the guys towards the sidelines.. So I am going to watch to see who can do that. Until the Oline is full of starters - dont expect the running game will be great - but I am interested in seeing if Hill can break something - because he is also playing against their 2's. I would also like to see if Stearnberger can break a few blocks. besides his availability - he has not done enough of that. You shouldnt get tackled every time by a Dback - you need to be able to shuck a few of them off - otherwise you are just a regular passcatcher - Tightends need to catch the ball and make those extra 2 or 3 yards for the first down on those short passes - as well as get open in the middle on the longer routes.

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Packers0808's picture

August 21, 2021 at 10:43 am

Actually rather than try to analyze this time around, just going to sit back and watch a little Packer back ups football!

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Packers0808's picture

August 21, 2021 at 10:43 am

Actually rather than try to analyze this time around, just going to sit back and watch a little Packer back ups football!

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Swisch's picture

August 21, 2021 at 11:16 am

I'm watching to see if the Packers show up to play football.
Let's hit some people instead of getting pushed around.
Let's get the starters out there for a quarter or so.
Let's play Jordan Love if at all possible, although behind a decent offensive line. He may not get in games until the next preseason.
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Don't these guys want to play at least a little football? Is there any love of the game, any dash and daring, any sense of fun, any attitude, any ruggedness?
Are we that afraid of injury, that delicate and feeble and insipid and pathetically cautious?
What the hell is happening out there with our wimpy Packers! Let's show some grit and toughness!!!
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Suggestion: After the pregame meal, have the players watch the 1938 version of Robin Hood, with Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland, to inspire some verve and vitality.

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13TimeChamps's picture

August 21, 2021 at 12:04 pm

Nothing more comical than listening to soft couch potato fans calling professional football players wimpy and delicate.

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Swisch's picture

August 21, 2021 at 12:56 pm

We may not be as macho as you are 13TimeChamps, but this is the profession these players have chosen, and it's good for fans to call them out for apparent softness.
If they want to play baseball or pickleball or corn toss or checkers, then do that. If they want to play football, then play football with some toughness.
Of course the Packers can finesse their way this season until they get trampled upon and trounced in the playoffs by the likes of the 49ers and Bucs.
I truly admire you, 13TimeChamps, for being a warrior in Vietnam, but not for your snarky remarks here at CHTV. Even war heroes have to be challenged to man up at times.
Bravery isn't just physical courage, it's having the guts to go against the woke mob and say what's right. You actually support the same radicals who spit on you a half-century ago.
Even wimpy me is trying to fight the elitism that despises average Americans (including the military) and is sending our country to hell.
Please get a grip and join us in taking back our country from effete and feeble globalists.
Most of them hate football, too, and are ruining the NFL.

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13TimeChamps's picture

August 21, 2021 at 01:05 pm

I'm really confused why you keep turning this into a political discussion. This is a football site. Please try and stay on topic. No one cares about your political views.

Like Since '61, I will try to ignore you from now on. I feel like my IQ drops 5 points every time I have an exchange with you.

No need need to respond. You have yourself a wonderful weekend, and I hope the Packers exhibit enough toughness today and play up to your standards.

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Swisch's picture

August 21, 2021 at 02:04 pm

Good idea, 13TimeChamps, don't encourage me. Skip my stupid posts and don't comment.
Actually, you and Since'61 have seemed to be quite eager to bring in politics in response to my comments.
Then you act all offended in hypersensitivity, and resort to attacks of emotional blather rather than rational arguments.
I don't bring politics into football, the NFL does by insulting its fans as racist rubes, and going so far as to rub it in our faces on game days. As fans we should occasionally stand up for ourselves, especially when we see the hypocritical inconsistencies of the NFL in such things as supporting Nike in making a shared fortune from Packers jerseys off the backs of exploited foreign workers.
In his desperate grasping for straws to justify his indefensible positions and Trump derangement, Since"61 has even gone so far as to defend the whiny and obnoxious Colin Kaepernick.
I'm guessing Kaepernick's personal take from just one year of colluding with Nike and his other woke causes would be more than the lifetime earnings of a whole factory of workers of color making NFL/Nike merchandise in a sweatshop of Central America.
Then the NFL lectures us fans as supposedly pathetic lowlifes. What a scam? And we're expected to just sit there nodding politely, or even to kneel in submission to the false accusations of BLM?
To conclude these lunatic ravings at last, the best thing indeed is to ignore me. If you and Since'61 and others of such high-minded uprightness refuse to reply to my wayward comments, then I'll be much less likely to reply to yours.
If you can manage to keep your snarky snubs and slights to yourselves, then we can all proceed merrily on our own ways of free expression.

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13TimeChamps's picture

August 21, 2021 at 02:05 pm

Blah blah blah

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SwedeBayPacker's picture

August 21, 2021 at 01:10 pm

What's the point of risking starters in a meaningless game?

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Swisch's picture

August 21, 2021 at 01:25 pm

Ask the Bucs and the Patriots, two teams that have actually won Super Bowls in recent years.
They seem to be playing their starters in the preseason.
We're talking about maybe 7 minutes of game action and a dozen plays.
These players can pull their hamstrings brushing their teeth.
I'm not saying be reckless, but let's not allow the Packers to be coddled, either.

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Coldworld's picture

August 21, 2021 at 01:35 pm

Before Love was deemed unlikely to play I could see a number playing, but I think that may be next week now, as it looks like the statements have gone from seeing a lot of the 30 who didn’t play to expecting more depth players. As for the pass catchers, if Rodgers isn’t playing then the value is diminished. They won’t get on the same page with Rodgers playing with his back up.

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SwedeBayPacker's picture

August 21, 2021 at 05:23 pm

Jets have lost what, four players in this game? Imagine if they were starters... Of course, there's always that risk when stepping out on the field, but I prefer not risking it when there is no benefit. Besides, this is the best chance for the rookies to shine.

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jont's picture

August 21, 2021 at 02:18 pm

FWIW, Andy Reid plays his starters quite a bit in preseason every year. Mahomes started and played 32 snaps yesterday, for example.
I'm not sure there's a clear case for the play 'em side or the other, but clearly there is no agreed way.

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ImaPayne's picture

August 21, 2021 at 01:06 pm

Taking into account were talking last weeks pre season game your analyst are saying we cant stop the run, pass rush was so so, run game went nowwhere, pass d withYa Dum have a lot to prove.
Wow, and were talkn sb or playoffs? Where Canada?
Pack have the toughest schedule in football this year. Gonna be tough. Rodgers may be dam sorry he didnt the Jeopardy gig.

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