Packers-Rams: Early analysis
Execution across the board was much better from the Packers in the second preseason game. On both sides of the ball and from both starters and backups, the quality of play was much better.
Johnny Jolly was definitely the story of the second half. At the start of training camp it appeared that Jolly was a long shot to make the roster. But Jolly gave the coaching staff plenty to look at as he was disruptive and visible and his goal line interception was icing on the cake.
Vince Young opened the second half as the quarterback and it was interesting to note that Mike McCarthy let him air it out on the opening drive. Last week the offense was pretty basic and earlier this week in training camp Young wasn't taking any shots downfield. However, late in the week McCarthy said he wanted to see if Young could play and obviously that includes throwing down the field. However, between Young, Graham Harrell and B.J. Coleman no one really stood out, though the scoring drive late was well-executed by Coleman. That would mean Harrell stays as the #2 quarterback by default but there's still two games left and Young has a few more weeks to learn the offense.
Tight end Brandon Bostick pulled in a couple of nice receptions and of course Jake Stoneburner scored the first preseason touchdown of the season. After Finley the competition at tight end is heating up. There will be tough decisions to make there.
Another week, another young wide receiver stepping up in the second half. Last week it was Alex Gillett, this week it was Myles White. The Packers are loaded at WR and there will be tough personnel decisions to make there as well.
Brandon Smith had a rough second half with a special teams miscue and his struggles in coverage. To be fair, he wasn't the only one to make mistakes but giving it back to the Rams on a punt and getting burned for a TD certainly stand out.