Well it is week two of the preseason and I am either feeling a lot better or I am just excited for this preseason game. Yes your eyes are not fooling you, I am excited for another preseason game. The Packers open up the gates of Lambeau tonight and welcome the Cleveland Browns into town. This is the fourth consecutive year the Packers-Browns have played in the preseason with the Browns winning two of three. Can the Pack get the split tonight which would be worth about as much as the points given in the show, “Whose line is it anyway?”
Here is what I am looking for in tonight’s game:
1. Health- The Packers have had practices with up to 19 players not being able to participate. Last week’s game saw the possible end to Desmond Bishop’s season to a hamstring injury. Also young corner, Davon House who had a very nice game and a strong camp left with a shoulder injury and as of right now is out a matter of a few more weeks. Hopefully tonight there are not anymore major injuries to talk about.
2. Safety play- Who will step up opposite Morgan Burnett? M.D Jennings got spun around and then dropped on the dance floor (metaphorically speaking) by Antonio Gates last week on the Chargers first touchdown of the night. Look for Sean Richardson, the undrafted rookie safety out of Vanderbilt who is also fellow rookie Casey Hayward’s college teammate to get a long look tonight. At 6’2 Richardson has great size for a safety and has had a nice camp.
3. Jerel Worthy/Mike Daniels- Last week I said I wanted to see more from Jerel Worthy going forward. Tonight will be a great shot to do it at home. The guy has a phenomenal motor so I look for him to step it up tonight. Mike Daniels will make his debut tonight. The rookie fourth round choice out of Iowa might be a bit undersized, but right tackle Bryan Bulaga has had nothing but good things to say all camp about Daniels and his ability to cause pressure. Look for these young guys to provide some inside pass rush tonight to prove why they were drafted.
4. And my final point of the night is the RB situation- No James Starks. No Brandon Saine. No Cedric Benson. John Kuhn- Doubtful. The bulk of the carries tonight will be going to second year man, Alex Green and rookie Marc Tyler. Green says he is back to being completely healthy so with only a few backs in rotation he can put a good grip on being the lead back for the rest of the preseason with a strong performance. Green has great explosiveness and to me seems like the only back who is a home run threat. Tyler is an interesting player. Last week he showed power and with some better blocking would have picked up a lot more yards. To make this team he has to show he can hold on to the ball and make up for last week’s fumble.