Green Bay Packers: 3 Takeaways from Anthony Levine's Preseason Performance
Anthony Levine is definitely one Packer to watch for based on his progress in training camp and the first preseason game against San Diego.
Levine is vying for a spot against Jerron McMillian, who has been improving right alongside Levine. Both players are being considered for a starting position in place of M.D. Jennings, but it's still a toss-up.
M.D. Jennings had a lot of errors during the first preseason game and did not exhibit a very solid performance. He did have some less noticeable errors against the Cleveland Browns in preseason game two, but he's still not convincing that he'll be able to pull it together.
Meanwhile, Anthony Levine has had two great performances in the first two preseason games and may be able to see some starting action this season.
Levine Shows Promise During Training Camp and Practice
With Charles Woodson moving to cornerback, his spot is up for grabs, and coaches have yet to decide who they want to take over.
The way it looks right now, M.D. Jennings may have that starting spot at DB, but Levine has been working hard all through camp to try to prove he should have that spot.
At practice on Tuesday, Levine started at safety and McMillian came in later. Both McMillian and Levine have shown more promise and improvement during practices than Jennings, according to Kevin McCauly of Acmepackingcompany.com.
McCauly said that Jennings has remained about the same throughout training camp and Levine has probably shown the most improvement out of the three.
However, this doesn't mean he will be given a starting spot, it just means exactly what I said. He is improving better and faster than the others.
Shows Solid Performance in 1st Preseason Game
One thing that may have coaches leaning towards giving Levine the starting spot is his performance in the first two preseason games.
Even though the first game against the Chargers was sloppy and all over the place, Levine didn't fail to deliver. He had two picks against San Diego, one of them accounting for a second interception for Green Bay of the night.
Even though any of Green Bay's players could have had a simple pick, it looks really good for Levine considering he is fighting for a spot with two other players.
When Jennings was making simple mistakes and errors, Levine was making interceptions. It just gives Levine a one-up for a possible starting position.
Jennings continued to make errors against the Cleveland Browns in Week 2, but not quite as bad, and Levine continued to show a strong and solid performance.
Attitude Determines Your Latitude
Levine has spent two years on Green Bay's practice squad hoping to get a chance to finally see the field.
According to Wes Hodkiewicz of Packernews.com, when the Packers entered training camp, Levine was at the bottom of the watch list and Jennings was at the top.
However, as I mentioned before, Levine started to show some serious improvement and immediately went up to the top of the list.
Throughout his experience as only a member of the practice squad, he has kept a positive attitude and shown his willingness to work no matter what. This has proved to work in his favor because not only has he shined in the preseason thus far, he is also at the top of the list to start this season.
Even though Levine is a serious contender for the starting spot, coaches still are in limbo about who they want to take that spot. According to Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel (h/t Chicago Tribune), they are not any closer to making that decision as of today.