Even though it is the preseason I have been waiting like a Guido waiting to do GTL for the Packers to be back on the field. Maybe it’s the fact that my two favorite baseball teams, The Indians and Brewers have either collapsed or never really got it going. Or it could be the fact the Packers laid a huge egg back in January against the New York Giants. A betting man would say both…and he would be right.
Even though the games mean nothing for the overall record there are several things/players I am looking forward to watching tonight.
Graham Harrell/B.J. Coleman- Matt Flynn is in Seattle so the Pack is looking to see if Harrell can be that guy to go to in at a moment’s notice if Rodgers goes down (I pray every night before bed he doesn’t). Can Harrell be like Flynn and show dramatic improvement from year to year? These four preseason games will show a lot. I am also excited to see what 7th round selection B..J. Coleman can do. He is a strong armed kid who doesn’t lack confidence but tends to struggle with his accuracy. Can he do well enough for the Packers to be willing to carry three quarterbacks?
Pass rush- The pass rush can’t get much worse than it did last year. I look at this year’s rookie class to provide pressure so keep your eyes on Nick Perry and second round pick Jerel Worthy. Fourth round pick Mike Daniels will be another guy to watch when he is healthy enough to take the field. Mike Neal is another guy who needs to show a lot in my opinion to keep a roster spot.
Charles Woodson- I realize he won’t play much this preseason but he will be playing a bit more at safety this year so I am curious to see how the communication will improve in the secondary.
Running game- Will James Starks stay healthy the whole season or will last year’s third round pick Alex Green take the ball and run with it? (literally). I like Starks’ ability but I have my doubts if he can stay healthy through a whole season. Brandon Saine is also sidelined for tonight so look for undrafted back Marc Tyler out of USC to get plenty of touches.