Limiting RG3 Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III did not look like himself in the first half on Monday night. Perhaps it was rust from not taking a preseason snap or perhaps he's still recovering from last season's knee injury. Nevertheless RG3 showed flashes of his 2012 self in the second half. So again the Packers must be ready for both the read option and a wide-open passing attack. More importantly they cannot let Pierre Garcon and/or Leonard Hankerson turn in an Anquan Boldin-like performance.
Thanks to Thursday Night Football we get a quick turnaround from one week to the next. In fact just 66 hours separate the end of the Monday night doubleheader and the start of Week 2. So before we dive in again here's a few off-the-top-of-my-head thoughts on Week 2 (outside of Packers-Redskins):
The first half...it was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Well, maybe not quite but it sure felt that way. It seemed like for every good play there was a bad one. The debut of Eddie Lacy has been a dud. He was bottled up on five carries and had a costly fumble deep in Green Bay territory. And every time the Packers ripped off a nice run it was called back due to a penalty.
The Smiths Welcome to the NFL, David Bakhtiari. The rookie left tackle will have his hands full with defensive end Justin Smith and linebacker Aldon Smith, who led the NFC with 19 1/2 sacks last season. The 49ers can be exploited through the air but for that to happen, Aaron Rodgers will need time to throw.
Aaron Rodgers did not play tonight so it was all Vince Young and B.J. Coleman in the first half. If this is a case of it's Young's job to lose then there's no doubt he'll be the #2 quarterback. Not that it was a lights-out first half for Young but Coleman didn't do anything to impress. The interception thrown by Coleman was a forced throw and a bad read.
Vince Young It appears that Aaron Rodgers won't play tonight and that creates an opportunity for Vince Young to get snaps with the first team offense. Mike McCarthy said earlier this week that the backup quarterback job is still open. However, a sharp performance by Young tonight should seal a roster spot for him.
The backup quarterback issue may not be settled yet but Vince Young took a giant leap forward tonight. With his mobility, which was in full effect on Friday night, Young has a different element that Graham Harrell and B.J. Coleman don't have. Most importantly, Young was able to finish a drive. It would've been nice to see Harrell lead the team to some points but one decent drive ended with a fumble and another with a 4th-and-goal incompletion. Not totally Harrell's fault but the inability to finish hurts his chances to stay with the team.
Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Athletic & physical test The Packers defense will face an athletic quarterback in Russell Wilson and a physical running back in Marshawn Lynch. The duo provide a very good test for the Packers, who at some point must beat the physical heavyweights like the Seahawks and 49ers to get through the NFC playoffs. So far the run defense has more than held their own but bottling up Lynch will go along way in building confidence in the defensive line.
Two things stood out at Monday's training camp practice. First, the team is finally getting healthier. While some like Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb remain sidelined, Datone Jones, Casey Hayward and Andrew Quarless finally participated in practice. DuJuan Harris continues to see an increased workload and his return from injury creates a logjam at running back. It's the same with Quarless's return as the competition behind Jermichael Finley is very tight. Of course, these are good problems to have.
Welcome to the NFL, Eddie Lacy. The rookie made his debut in impressive fashion with 40 rushing yards on 8 carries and one catch for 11 yards. We already know Lacy is a big back but not only does he pick up yards after contact he seeks out contact.
Quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers is expected to play at least a quarter but after that Mike McCarthy wants to see the other three backups in action. Graham Harrell, Vince Young and B.J. Coleman all struggled last week. Will we see any improvement this week? Look for Young to see more than the 12 snaps he saw last week as he continues to get comfortable with the offense
It's rare to see the Packers shut out in a preseason game. You'd have to go back to the 2003 Hall of Fame Game when the Packers were shut out by Kansas City in a game shortened by rain and lightning. We know wins and losses never matter in August but execution is certainly important and the Packers were short on execution tonight.
Welcome to the preseason and if we've learned one thing one half into the August slate it that's no matter what month it is Aaron Rodgers is always in mid-season form. A-Rodg lasted just 12 plays but finished 3-5 for 62 yards including a 50 yard bomb to James Jones.