Preseason Game Recap: Bills Shutout Packers 19-0

Sarah Kelliher recaps the Packers’ third and final preseason game against the Bills.

In the third and final week of preseason, the Green Bay Packers came up short against the Buffalo Bills with a 19-0 loss on Saturday.

Even before kickoff, it was clear winning this one would be a challenge for the Packers. Sticking with their conservative preseason plan, Green Bay, once again, sat 30 plus players—mostly consisting of starters—while Buffalo chose to roll out their top players on both sides of the ball.

Perhaps the most notable of those Bills players was star quarterback Josh Allen, who wasted no time getting into rhythm and giving the Packers’ second and third string guys their biggest challenge yet this preseason. Allen started the game with pass play after pass play, consistently connecting with wide receivers Gabriel Davis and Emmanuel Sanders for first downs throughout Buffalo’s opening drive.

In what felt like almost no time, the Bills were in the redzone, and it wasn’t until then that the Packers’ defense started to gain some life. On 1st and 10 at the 21, defensive lineman Willington Previlon applied great pressure on Allen, forcing him to throw it away. On the next play, linebacker Chauncey Rivers got to Allen and sacked him for a 10-yard loss. However, the defensive momentum was short lived after Allen connected with Davis on a 31-yard pass over the middle for a touchdown on 3rd and 20 to give the Bills a 7-0 lead. On the Buffalo’s opening dive, Allen went 10/11 for 90 yards and 1 TD (ESPN stats).

After missing week two of preseason due to a shoulder injury, quarterback Jordan Love was back in the lineup for the Packers and got the start on Saturday. In addition to Love, tight end Josiah Deguara also saw some playing time for the first time since tearing his ACL in week four last season.  

Love’s return was not an easy one either. Just like on offense, the Bills rolled out their starting defense and did not hold back. Regardless, Love held his own, leading the Packers on a 74-yard drive that consisted of 12 plays and lasted over 8 minutes. After getting the Bills to jump on 3rd and 3, Love earned a first down for the Packers and connected with wide receiver Reggie Begelton on a deep, 29-yard pass.

Then, Love connected with wide receiver Malik Taylor for a crafty 13-yard catch and a first down to put Green Bay in the red zone. The catch was particularly impressive from Taylor since he beat Buffalo’s star cornerback Tre'Davious White on the play and demonstrated remarkable recovery after false starting just one play before.

After a solid 9-yard rush from rookie running back Kylin Hill on 3rd and 3, the Packers inched their way closer to the goal line as time ticked away in the first quarter. However, they’d come up short after running back AJ Dillon was tripped up on third down and the Packers failed to convert on fourth. Although it was extremely anticlimactic, Green Bay’s opening drive did demonstrate a lot of promise against the Bills’ top defense.

On their next drive in the second quarter, the Packers’ defense appeared a bit more comfortable, containing the Bills and forcing them to punt.

Once they got the ball back, Love and the Packers’ offense continued to build on some of the momentum they built in the first quarter. Love, once again, connected with Begelton, this time for 9 yards on 2nd and 8 for a  first down. Then, Hill continued his strong preseason showing, rushing for 11 yards on 2nd and 10. Later on in the drive, Love connected with Begelton again on third down, but they came just inches short of moving the chains. However, just like they have all preseason, the Packers decided to go for it. This time, the result fell in their favor after Love made a really smart decision to roll out of the pocket, be patient, and hit tight end Dominique Dafney for a 23-yard gain. Love’s impressive decision making didn’t last for long though. On the very next play, he chucked a panic pass in the endzone (when he should’ve just thrown it away) and was intercepted by former Green Bay safety Micah Hyde.

The Bills took advantage of Love’s mistake too. They responded with the most impressive drive of the afternoon that consisted of 15 plays, 80 yards and lasted over 7 minutes. On the first play of the drive, running back Matt Breida exploded out of the backfield for a 16-yard gain. From there, it was all Allen all the time.

On 3rd and 8, he connected with wide receiver Cole Beasley for 14 yards. Then, he took it himself and rushed for a 4-yard gain on 4th and 2 after the Bills also went for it on fourth down. After that, he connected with tight end Nate Becker for 13 yards and Beasley for 21 yards for two more first downs. And, on 3rd and goal on the 3-yard line, Allen connected with running back Zaccheus Moss for a touchdown. The Bills’ extra point attempt was no good, so they took a 13-0 lead.  

The Packers got the ball back with just over 2 minutes left in the half, giving Love a great opportunity to get some key reps during the 2-minute drill. Center Jake Hanson snapped the ball super low to open the drive, but Love responded well.

Following the poor snap, Love got Buffalo’s defense to jump, earned a free play, and connected with Taylor for a 27-yard gain. After a 5-yard gain from wide receiver Amari Rodgers, Love got the Bills to jump again and then connected with Hill for a 7-yard gain. Unfortunately, Hanson’s struggles continued on the drive and, on third down, he didn’t snap the ball and earned the Packers a delay of game penalty.

Love was screaming at Hanson to snap it and even stomping his feet, but something clearly didn’t register between the two of them. After failing to convert on third down, kicker Mason Crosby came out to close the half for Green Bay with a 28-yard field goal attempt. Unfortunately for him and the Packers, the kick was no good and they still trailed 13-0 at the half.  

Love remained in the game for the Packers to start the second half, but nothing really came from it. Green Bay continued to come up short on offense and was forced to punt after just six plays to open the half.

Allen’s day was over at halftime, so backup quarterback Jake Fromm led the way for the Bills defense the rest of the afternoon. Former Bears quarterback, Mitch Trubisky, came in briefly for one play but we never saw him again after that.

Just as the football gods intended, once Fromm entered the game, he quickly connected with wide receiver Jake Kumerow for 10 yards and a first down. Then, he connected with wide receiver Brandon Powell for 15 yards and a first down. And, to put the cherry on top of his opening drive, on 3rd and 10, Fromm scrambled up the middle for 13 yards and a touchdown. The Bills attempted to go for two but failed to convert, extending their lead to what would be our final score of 19-0.  

After Fromm’s touchdown later in the third quarter, Jordan Love’s day finally came to an end and quarterback Kurt Benkert got another opportunity to prove himself. Right out the gate Benkert led the Packers on a 59-yard drive that lasted nearly 6 minutes and consisted of 11 plays. However, just like they did pretty much all day long, the Packers came up short. Green Bay attempted to go for it on 4th and 1 at the Buffalo 16 but running back Dexter Williams failed to convert after the Packers called a timeout just to run a pitch play (yes, a pitch play) and get stopped short.

In the fourth quarter, both the Bills and Packers punted twice and turned the ball over on downs twice. And the highlight of the final 15 minutes of this preseason matchup was kicker Mason Crosby punting for 41-yards after the Packers failed to convert on third down.

Despite the shutout, there were still a few interesting things to take away from Green Bay’s third and final preseason matchup. However, I think all of us are just ready for September 12 now.

 

What we learned: Love has the skillset but still needs to work on his decision making

After finally getting to see Jordan Love again this preseason, it’s clear he has the skillset to be a great player, but his decision making is what is holding him back.

The fourth down play followed by the interception on first down in the first quarter is a perfect example. Love showed great poise by rolling out of the pocket and being patient enough to find his guy on one play, but then immediately made a frazzled decision on the next to chuck the ball in the endzone on first down with no clear target on the play.

None of this is surprising from a young quarterback, but it’s why moments like the preseason and camp are especially important for him to get valuable reps and become more confident in his decision making.

 

What went right: Kylin Hill

After three preseason games, I still cannot believe the Packers got Kylin Hill in the seventh round of the draft. It is so much fun to watch him play and it’s likely he will be a secret weapon for Green Bay’s offense this season. I’m sure LaFleur is absolutely loving what they’re getting out of him so far.

Hill finished the day with 7 carries for 37 yards and 1 reception for 7 yards (ESPN stats).

 

What went wrong: Red zone offense

If the score wasn’t already an indicator of the Packers failure to put points on the board Saturday, look no further. According to The Athletic’s Matt Schneidman, the Packers were in the red zone four times and had two turnovers on downs on 4th and 1, one interception on first down and a missed field goal.

I don’t think it will be an issue once the starters are back in week one, but boy, was that difficult to watch.

 

Offensive MVPs: Malik Taylor and Reggie Begelton

Wide receivers Malik Taylor and Reggie Begelton both had really great showings on Saturday. Taylor led the team in receiving and finished the day with 5 receptions for 69 yards (ESPN stats) while Begelton came up just behind him on the stat sheet with 4 receptions and 51 yards (ESPN stats). Although only one of them will probably make the final roster, it was great to see both of them compete for that spot until the very end.  

 

Defensive MVP: Isaiah McDuffie

Speaking of players that fought for a roster spot until the very end, linebacker Isaiah McDuffie was a standout on defense for the Packers Saturday. McDuffie was all over the field and finished the day with a team high 9 total tackles, 4 of which were solo, 0.5 sacks and 1 QB hit (ESPN stats).

 

Up next, the real fun begins. In two weeks, the Green Bay Packers travel to Caesars Superdome to face off with the New Orleans Saints in week one of the regular season. Kickoff is set for Sunday, September 12 at 4:25 p.m. EST.

 

Sarah Kelliher is a contributor for CheeseheadTV and a podcaster with Pack-A-Day Podcast. She can be found via Twitter @sarahkelliher4

 

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Since'61's picture

August 28, 2021 at 05:04 pm

Didn't see the game but no injuries is the preseason highlight for me. Now let the chucking begin.

I like that we have 2 weeks to prepare for the season opener with healthy starters and a well evaluated stockpile of younger players.
The Packers roster should be solid with the final 53 and if our PS is not poached we should have solid depth there to contribute if necessary.

Go Pack Go! Thanks, Since '61

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egbertsouse's picture

August 28, 2021 at 07:18 pm

Nope. I watched the game and our scrubs got a beating from theirs in the second half. The depth is suspect at best.

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Since'61's picture

August 28, 2021 at 07:23 pm

I'm guessing that we were using our scrubs in the second half and not our #2s. We're talking about our 3rd string guys or the players who are going to be gone by Tuesday anyway. Most importantly our scrubs won't play as a group during the season. They will be emergency players in case of injuries.

We'll be fine if we remain relatively healthy. Thanks, Since '61

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Coldworld's picture

August 29, 2021 at 12:06 am

We started with 2s and they still had some starters while we played people signed this week.

Still questions at OLB at CB 6 and we need a S who can cover deep: we do not have one.

Van Lanen isn’t roster ready and not is Uphoff but both should be PS targets. So if Bakh is on PUP we need only 8 OL. Could that solve what to do with Wilborn and McDuffie, a good dilemma since I’d take both over Burks and both look like ST contributors. Daffney looks like being on the roster. Heflin is definitely a keeper. Sternberger will not be. M Taylor has made the team. Bagelton has made the PS.

Hill looked more impressive today than I’ve seen him and it was good to see Rodgers starting to show. Other than that, the ILBs Wilford and McDufgiewere probably the biggest positives. Denmark looks like a find, but I also saw some decent coverage from Farris. I hope we give both a real look in practice. Perhaps one can help at S deep.

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Alberta_Packer's picture

August 28, 2021 at 05:11 pm

Another game when the opposing QB had generally all day to throw – while ours did not.

For a team that led the NFL in offense last year – they still have not unlocked the mystery of how to gain one yard.

Looking like the special teams are solidifying (once again) – their near-bottom ranking. Even Crosby contributed today.

No go for Ento. He's not ready for prime time. I thought Denmark was better than him and Yiadom.

K.Hill may be more of an offensive factor this year, than Amari Rodgers.

Malik Taylor as the 6th receiver? How about 3rd or 4th ? Also Begelton looked like a legitimate WR. However, he's not one of Rodger's guys – so off he goes to the PS or another team.

Newest person-of-interest? Isaiah McDuffie – moves and tackles extremely well. (Perhaps better than Oren Burks?)

What was with all the slips on the plastic field today? (A little research) – it's a 10+yr. old, all synthetic surface that has had footing problems over the years. And with Josh Allen's new contract – it may be another 10 yrs. before the Bills splurge for something more modern.

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Thegravedigger's picture

August 28, 2021 at 05:30 pm

Jake kumerow was great in the preseason too. Malik taylor will make the team i think and he deserves to. But hes not better than cobb mvs lazard or obviously davante. He Does have a future here i think tho with all those guys being free agents.

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Alberta_Packer's picture

August 28, 2021 at 06:58 pm

I understand. However in the last 2 games Taylor has faced better defenders and performed well. And at this moment in time - he certainly looks better than Amari Rodgers. Also I can't tell you if he's better than Cobb or not - because Cobb hasn't played a game this year. As for Lazard - he's strictly a possession receiver - which Taylor may only be - plus a little more? Now I do rank Adams and MVS as 1 and 2 respectively. However, from 3 to 6 - it's a fairly tight field.

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Thegravedigger's picture

August 28, 2021 at 10:53 pm

Id love to be wrong and taylor just explodes. But before lazards injury against the saints, you could argue that he was more than a possession guy. Im curious to see lazard back at full health and confident. Maybe you are right and lazard is just a jarrett boykin. Or geronimo allison. Weve seen this movie before. Early on its going to be lazard n cobb but taylor will get a chance at some point. And we will see.

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Coldworld's picture

August 29, 2021 at 09:37 am

Lazard is not just a possession receiver (he is that) he’s very good at contested catches and a huge target who is probably the best blocking WR in the league. Taylor is fast, now runs good routes and adjust to the situation. Actually, he’d be in the slot most obviously if we didn’t have Cobb, but he’s shown he can get open elsewhere. Perfect in game reserve who also is good on STs. Get him in space and he will eventually get to showcase his speed.

Lazard will see a lot of snaps this year though. It’s interesting to see that they were using Hazelton as the blocking WR yesterday. That’s how important that role is. Don’t be surprised if we keep him on the PS as a back up to Lazard.

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Coldworld's picture

August 29, 2021 at 09:39 am

Bagelton looks like a decent possession depth guy. If an injury occurred he could help. I don’t think that’s from the roster. He’s a PS invite.

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greengold's picture

August 29, 2021 at 09:49 am

Yeah, I think with another year of development he could be better. Agree, Coldworld. He’s in no man’s land with AR, and a go-to with JL. Push.

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Kevin Carpenter's picture

August 28, 2021 at 05:55 pm

Well, our 2s and 3s were playing against their 1's for pretty much the entire first half. If Myers and Jenkins were in there, I think it would've been a little different running Dillon up the middle. Patrick has looked awful this entire preseason. Everyone is so quick to commend Allen on his success against the Packers defense but look at what he did on roughly 20 of this throws. Stood in the pocket, and threw an underneath 5 yard dig route. That's not really impressive. The bills O-line also got away with a few holds that likely would've ended in sacks, and again, that's with our 2's and 3's. They aren't Kenny Clark, Preston and Zadarius Smith and Rashan Gary. Things would've been much different with them in the game. Same with Alexander and both of our starting safeties. Mcduffee was one of the faster linebackers in the draft this year so it's no surprise that he moves well. We'll see what happens though.

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LambeauPlain's picture

August 29, 2021 at 10:28 am

Patrick made the roster after Hanson's lousy outing. As a backup at both guard spots but now the locked in back up center, he's on the 53.

He's had his up and downs but to say he's been awful the entire preseason is not fair. Who has been awful is Kelly...who hasn't shown anyone he deserves a roster spot.

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Thegravedigger's picture

August 30, 2021 at 10:30 pm

he threw dig routes that the dc intentionally allowed. the dbs weree 8 to 12 yards off the ball on 2 and 3 if you watch the tape. i dont know what that proves. or what they were trying to accomplish. were they trying to see how the corners closed out and tackled in open field? or were the corners choosing to play so far off? curious about the mindset. i understand you have to play vanilla looks in pre season. gaines made a nice play i think the first play of the game on the dumpoff. maybe that was the point to gage ability to tackle in open field and close out on dumpoffs. they put the dbs in position to make open field tackles is what it looked like to me. I hope to god this isnt the plan in week one to give jameis winston a 10 yard cushion every god damn play. i think ijust got some ptsd from mike pettines passive mindset where you just let them catch balls and hope they fuck up and go 5 yards a play to the end zone.

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Lphill's picture

August 28, 2021 at 05:19 pm

I don't think Love has enough snaps yet to be considered the starter in 22.

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mbpacker's picture

August 28, 2021 at 05:29 pm

Thanks for that extensive recap!

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ejr450's picture

August 28, 2021 at 05:33 pm

A fitting end to a messy offseason. Some nice individual moments. Definitely enjoy seeing Taylor take a step forward and position himself to be a roster lock. I’m looking forward to a newsy week and some finality on who’s going forward to New Orleans.

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stockholder's picture

August 28, 2021 at 05:35 pm

I had hoped for better. The Packers lost the war today. Camp battles? I wouldn't give the edge to anyone. I do believe Hill is the Keeper. And the rest won't matter. I'd keep an extra TE first. Yes, I could see 5! If a bubble WR wants to stay. Its the PS. And give me all the returning veterans on the OL. These Rookies need practice.

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jhtobias's picture

August 28, 2021 at 06:59 pm

Huh, hoped for better please explain .. The problem with people like yourself your looking at pre season all wrong.. I don't know what you mean by losing the war but this preseason was never about wins or losses it was about establishing a depth chart

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Coldworld's picture

August 29, 2021 at 12:11 am

Newman and Meyers are exciting. Not sure which veteran C on our roster you want, but Newman is perhaps our best guard not playing LT. He’s earned it and did so again today.

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Packers0808's picture

August 28, 2021 at 08:02 pm

Your posts are good for comedy!

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Johnblood27's picture

August 28, 2021 at 10:37 pm

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canadapacker's picture

August 28, 2021 at 05:47 pm

Pretty hard to be happy when they are playing their ones against our twos. However some nice runs by our running backs. Some nice blocking early in the game by the Oline. I must admit that Stearnberger played himself off of the roster post suspension. He just cant block - his missed block on the 3rd and 1 from the goal line allowed Dillon to be tripped in the backfield. And he never seemed to get open on his routes. I guess our D must have been told to play off and not give up big plays - because they dinked and dunked with shorties in front of out guys all the way down the field until we gave up that easy 30 yarder with really bad coverage ( King coverage???). Other than that Love is still way way far away from being a competent back up. He really missed preseason last year from a development perspective. If that is what happens against another teams ones - without any real incentive - what will happen in a real game even if we have our better linemen out there. Taylor needs to make the team

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Bear's picture

August 29, 2021 at 12:25 am

Love would have our ones playing with him, results could be better.

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LambeauPlain's picture

August 29, 2021 at 10:36 am

And while playing with twos and threes he still moved the team on long drives. How would have Rodgers fared playing with a full O roster of backups and guys who will be gone in two days?

Love is ready to be the back up and with many practices ahead, I see continued improvement into the starter role next year.

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HawkPacker's picture

August 29, 2021 at 11:52 am

Bear I think the results WOULD be better!

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croatpackfan's picture

August 29, 2021 at 07:48 am

We do not name an awful coverage as King coverage. The exact term for the worst coverage is "canadapacker coverage".

Jordan Love is not ready to take over, but he will be next season. If that happened, still there will be some bad throws and bad decisions. That does not mean Jordan can not play at high level.

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HawkPacker's picture

August 29, 2021 at 11:53 am

I agree CP. It will just take some time/experience.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

August 29, 2021 at 09:42 am

Yes, green bay played so far off that I wondered how they could be evaluated. I suppose they can look at route recognition and click and close.

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murf7777's picture

August 28, 2021 at 05:50 pm

I was impressed with Love. He looked poised in the pocket and got rid of the ball decisively and quickly. Not afraid of pressure and made accurate throws. Going against a too first team D makes it all the more impressive. Yea, he throw a ball twice in the end zone under pressure that shouldn’t have been thrown. I think he will learn from such experiences. I rather seen him do that than have happy feet and indecision. He also made a couple of big plays with his feet. But, voice to Love, you need to slide!!

I’m coming around on Heflin>Lancaster. He had a very good game again. This was his most impressive thou in both run D and rushing the passer. I believe he earned a place in 53.

Gavin made multiple pressures and look good. Not sure what to think about McDuffie but he had a good game and looks better than Summers.

Gaines might’ve lost a position by not tackling the QB while he passed by him to a TD. Also, missed a couple other tackles.

Hill will not only make this squad but he will get a fair amount of PT. He is explosive.

Besides the injury, I now see why they cut Funchess. Taylor is the real deal and is younger, cheaper and just gets open, catches the ball and makes big plays. They can’t risk exposing him while trying to get him to the PS.

In the first half the team continuously ran to the right behind their two rookies for consistent gains against Bills #1 D. Bodes well for the now and the future. Great drafting and Pickups Gutey. This might go down as your best draft yet.

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egbertsouse's picture

August 28, 2021 at 07:21 pm

Wow! You watched a different game from me. You live in a different world than mine.

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Coldworld's picture

August 29, 2021 at 12:13 am

So do most of us based on prior discussions.

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Alberta_Packer's picture

August 28, 2021 at 07:35 pm

I also was puzzled why Gaines seemed to have let the QB off easy on his run. Normally this guy will tackle and hit anybody at anytime. A trip to the coach's office is probably coming. Still, with the exception of that play, I thought he was a workhorse in today's game.

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Todd's picture

August 28, 2021 at 06:40 pm

Good wrap up, Sarah. Two thoughts, a disagreement and a concurrence.

“it’s clear he has the skillset to be a great player”. I think it’s too early to say “great” on Love. I’d say what we’ve seen so far from him is he could be a “good” player.

Re: Hill, living in the heart of SEC county, watched a lot of Mississippi State football, and Hill was a very good player. Mike Leach comes in and they don’t see eye-to eye, COVID happens and he opts out, plus NFL scouting is limited. When the Packers drafted Hill, I thought they made an excellent pick. Goodness, he’s been quite good so far. Definitely could be a 7th round gem.

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Bure9620's picture

August 28, 2021 at 07:25 pm

My initial 53

QB
Rodgers
Love

RB
Jones
Dillon
Hill

TE
Tonyan
Deguara
Lewis
Dafney

WR
Adams
Cobb
Rodgers
MVS
Lazard
Taylor

O-line
Jenkins
Patrick
Meyers
Newman
Turner
Braden
Runyan
Kelly
Van Lanen

D-line
Clark
Lowry
Heflin
Slaton
Keke

OLB
Z Smith
P Smith
Gary
Rivers
Garvin

LB
Campbell
Barnes
Summers
McDuffie

Corner
Jaire
King
Stokes
Sullivan
Jean-Charles
Yiadom

Safety
Savage
Amos
Black
Scott
Gaines
Uphoff

Teams
Crosby
Scott
Bradley

Bahktiari (PUP)
Sternberger (Suspended list)

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Alberta_Packer's picture

August 28, 2021 at 07:58 pm

Interesting list. But I do wonder if the Packers may IR Kelly - to allow Nijman on the list. I also see that Lancaster and Burks do not make the 53 - which I concur. Heflin has seemed to have gotten better with each game - plus - I think he shows a higher ceiling than Lancaster. A bit of a surprise with McDuffie. I like it though - as he showed more in his one game than Burks in all of his. My big question mark is Yiadom. His coverage skills are sub-par and I thought that Denmark had a better game than him (and Ento). Plus Gutekunst keeps bringing in CBs - so he's definitely looking for an upgrade at depth CB. Perhaps Yiadom may make the initial 53 but I don't like his chances of staying there for very long.

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Bure9620's picture

August 28, 2021 at 09:04 pm

Yiadom isn't great but better than Ento right now and better than Jackson. He can also tackle. Yiadom is good against the run, actually grades very well against the run, he can also tackle, did I mentionhe tackles? But yeah if he had go against a good receiver (which he won't) he will need safety help. He may he a game day inactive more often than not. He is not bad for your 6th corner. McDuffie was okay, he was drafted to be a special teams ace that's how makes this roster.

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Coldworld's picture

August 29, 2021 at 07:41 am

I would like to see Yiadom tried as a deep S reserve. Looks better over the middle and facing the QB, though I’d pick Denmark for a closer look first.

Nijman will make it. Personally I’d not keep Kelly or Van Lanen, who was exposed pretty badly in the first half. Like Uphoff, he needs a year on the PS. I agree McDuffie should make the team and, I think, Wilborn too. Better coverage and tackling. I’m betting Burks does though.

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Bure9620's picture

August 29, 2021 at 08:43 am

Didn't like Van Lanen pick. He consistently struggled with with speed rushers in college, he was exposed then.

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Coldworld's picture

August 29, 2021 at 09:42 am

I’d say he’s been better than billed at guard against back ups. But he needs more work on the PS.

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croatpackfan's picture

August 29, 2021 at 07:45 am

I say Denmark is much better than Yiadom, but we will see how everything pans out.

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Coldworld's picture

August 29, 2021 at 09:48 am

Denmark is big but long speed may be an issue. Ento can cover but needs work on tackling. Shields did too. I’d keep both with Denmark with possibly taking the Redmond role but nearly 30 ponds heavier. Yiadom is a liability on the perimeter but looks better facing the QB and both he and Denmark tackle. Have them battle for the deep DB/S and keep Ento as perimeter depth. All 3 have ST potential.

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LambeauPlain's picture

August 29, 2021 at 10:48 am

Most of the roster decisions are clear cut and one of those is Nijman, not Kelly on the 53, in my view.

Also, I think Sternberger has played his way off the roster. They will keep him through the 2 week suspension in case of injury...but if the TEs are healthy, he's likely waived.

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egbertsouse's picture

August 28, 2021 at 07:26 pm

Love was OK today. They must be coaching him out of his Don Drysdale throwing motion. (Google him if you sre under 60.). Flipping his hips and shortening his release on many throws. Looks like he could be a good backup.

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Oppy's picture

August 28, 2021 at 08:15 pm

He's going to be the good starter in 2022. He'll take his lumps, but then, so did a first-year starting Aaron Rodgers.. and just like Rodgers, he'll learn more from live mistakes than practice successes.

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Leatherhead's picture

August 28, 2021 at 08:07 pm

I thought our #2s did pretty well against the first string of a pretty good team. Nobody got carried off the field. We didn’t have a bunch of stupid penalties. Love played like an NFL starter on most snaps, but that turnover in the end zone on first down just can’t happen.

Hill and Taylor look so good that I’m questioning…again….the wisdom of giving all that money to Aaron Jones.

I’m in the Braden fan club. He’ll become a better pass blocker with coaching, and he’s already a good run blocker.

I like Slaton’s hustle, but he’s not going to win a lot of foot races.

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Coldworld's picture

August 29, 2021 at 09:50 am

If I’m asking a DT to win many foot races I’m probably on a losing gambit. Slaton has burst and suddenness. That’s what he needs.

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UGDR's picture

August 29, 2021 at 12:03 am

The free play was to Taylor not Reggie. The OPI on Dafney was a shit call but Tony C. almost seemed giddy to call it against Green Bay and kill the drive. I swear Tony and crew hates the Packers. I know for a fact his back judge grew up Minneapolis as a life time viking fan and every time Merkle officiates against the Pack he finds a way to dick them whether it's conscious or not.
Why are the Packers man handled on short yardage for years with the trend continuing? When it comes to getting a yard the Packers get blown off the ball on offense. Hoping Dillon's power can help in short yardage. One thing is for certain is the Packers can't just line up and beat the guy across from them in short yardage. They have to out smart them with a good play call or get a second effort by the RB or it's a tackle for loss every time.

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Coldworld's picture

August 29, 2021 at 10:01 am

The Williams short yardage call was a bad one I think. Williams is fast but not powerful, but that call should have been a one cut dive up the middle if he was going to run it.

The Dillon one was blown up by Sternberger whiffing. I’d keep Taylor on the PS to back up Dillon, but if we are going to run it in short yardage, Dillon or Taylor are the ones and if we’d had Lewis, Deguara or Daffney instead of Sternberger, Dillon likely has a TD. Hard to stop him with momentum.

In reality, we are just as likely to toss or throw to Jones, Hill, Deguara, Dillon etc as pound it in a real game even if we don’t go for a pass to a WR or Tonyan.

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Crankbait's picture

August 29, 2021 at 06:08 am

My diva alarm kept going off whenever the cameras would go to Tonyan on the sidelines and then the interview.
I hope that Rogers does not get man- bun envy and then a diva war ensues.
Wow, that Josh Allen is a beast compared to Rogers, What planet do these young quarterbacks come from anyway ?
No serious injuries this preseason noted and plenty of optimism for a potential SB run if the trenches and special teams show improvement.

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Coldworld's picture

August 29, 2021 at 07:47 am

Allen is good no doubt, and paid as such, but he was playing against a 2 D with some 3rds from the start that wasn’t used to playing together with his starting group. That group was missing all real rush threats and not schemed. We made it easy for him and he should pick apart those holes.

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greengold's picture

August 29, 2021 at 09:45 am

After reviewing the game a couple of times:

(+)
Kylin Hill
Josh Myers
Royce Newman
John Runyan
Ben Braden
Jack Heflin
Chauncy Rivers
Malik Taylor
Reggie Begelton
Dominique Dafney
Ray Wilborn
Isaiah McDuffie
Henry Black
Jonathan Garvin
TJ Slaton
Stephen Denmark
Rojesternan Farris
Delontae Scott
Damon Hazelton
Amari Rodgers

(+/-)
Innis Gaines
Christian Uphoff
Jordan Love
Yosh Nijman
Jake Hanson
Coy Cronk

(-)
Ento
Yiadom
Sternberger
Harris

Players who really stood out to me were Hill, Heflin, Taylor, Wilborn, Denmark, Braden, Newman and Dafney. Denmark was most surprising for his equally solid play both run/pass. Good pickup there. Dafney had solid plays on O and STs. I strongly feel Wilborn is their best #3 ILB.

Hats off to Gutekunst & LaFleur for acquiring & developing possibly the deepest OL in Green Bay than I’ve known in my nearly 60 years. Wow.

Gaines, McDuffie, Slaton & Nijman get endurance awards for mostly positive play while playing nearly the entire game. While each (+/-) player made miscues, they appeared to have more positive contributions overall.

Given one less Preseason game, I think the Packers used them about as well as they could to help evaluate their best roster choices.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

August 29, 2021 at 09:53 am

Check out the snap count article (if I do say so myself). Nijman played a ton of snaps in that miasma swamp.

Nijman > Van Lanen.

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Coldworld's picture

August 29, 2021 at 10:10 am

I didn’t focus on Nijman at RT, which could be most interesting in the medium term. He seemed to hold up ok despite having not practiced there for 2 years. He’s a find and will definitely be there, a fact confirmed by that move, but interested if anyone has looked more closely at him at RT.

Van Lanen is not ready to play in the NFL. That showed in the first half at G. Maybe worth developing on the PS, but he won’t get on the field at this point.

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greengold's picture

August 29, 2021 at 01:51 pm

Yeah, I think he switched to RT sometime in Q3 and I thought he played well there. If I'm not mistaken, I think he had one miss at LT, which is understandable going against BUF's 1s. I like him a lot, and I think Bakhtiari has spent a good deal of time working with him over the years. Yosh has the goods, and I was glad to see him get full game's worth of snaps, on both sides of our OL.

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