Larrivee: Packers' Rodgers to play 1 or 2 series, four youngsters may get long looks
GREEN BAY - Normally during the first preseason game of an NFL season, a team won't play a starting quarterback longer than a quarter.
With the Green Bay Packers being forced to go with not-so-experienced Herb Taylor to protect Aaron Rodgers' backside, the Packers will probably have their MVP quarterback play even less Thursday night in San Diego than in most first-game situations.
"Certainly, Aaron will play the first series. A lot of that depends on the number of plays on that series. If it's one, two, three and out, he'll be out there a second series...depending on how it goes on the line, how Herb holds up," said Newsradio 620 WTMJ's "Voice of the Packers" Wayne Larrivee on "Wisconsin's Morning News."
"Much beyond that, I would tend to doubt that he'd play a whole lot. They need to take a long look at Graham Harrell. They also want to look at B.J. Coleman in the second half."
Besides Harrell and Coleman, Larrivee has thoughts about two others who in his mind could deserve long looks from Packers coaches during the first preseason games - a pair of second-year players.
"I'm probably going to leave somebody out, but the guy that comes to mind is Diondre Borel," said Larrivee. "Davon House is another guy at cornerback who has made a nice jump to the second tier performance level that a young player sometimes makes, and sometimes doesn't. If the player doesn't make that jump, he's usually cut."
"Borel, I'm anxious to see what he does in a game situation. Also, House, seeing where he fits in with that secondary, depending on how much time he gets in that game. They want to get a long look at him. That will give them an indication on where he is and where he'll hold up."