Green Bay Packers Preseason: Week 3 Stock Report
Week 3 of the preseason has come and gone for the Green Bay Packers. The regular season sits just under two weeks away for Green Bay.
With each day that passes as the regular season grows closer, a player's stock becomes more important. Those players with rising stock likely won't have an issue making the final 53-man roster or seeing playing time this year.
However, those with falling stock could be in some major trouble. Of course, there's the chance of finding the bench for the majority of the season, but players with their stock dropping could also be looking for a new team in a few days.
Here's a look at the stock report following the third week of the preseason.
Stock Up: Scott Tolzien, Quarterback
It's no shocker that we've been high on quarterback Scott Tolzien. He's done everything asked of him and more this preseason.
Simply put, Tolzien deserves the No. 2 job on the depth chart in Green Bay. His main competition, Matt Flynn, has been mediocre at best during his three preseason performances.
The good news for Tolzien is that head coach Mike McCarthy is starting to see some improvement in his play. Even if Tolzien doesn't end up winning the backup job to Aaron Rodgers, he's at least guaranteed a spot on the final roster.
With Tolzien playing at such a high level, the Packers need to feel good about their depth at the most important position on the field, even with Flynn struggling right now.
Stock Down: Davante Adams, Wide Receiver
The preseason simply hasn't been kind to rookie receiver Davante Adams. Through three games, Adams has recorded only four receptions for 50 total yards.
Not only has Adams lost major ground on Jarrett Boykin for the No. 3 job, but it's possible that Adams could get jumped on the depth chart by other receivers. In fact, the way Adams has been playing as of late, he could struggle to see significant playing time this year.
Unless Adams can put together an impressive performance in the final preseason game, it's hard to see him living up to the high post-draft expectations placed upon him.
Stock Up: Jeff Janis, Wide Receiver
With Adams' stock falling, another rookie receiver has taken advantage. That'd be the seventh-round pick, Jeff Janis.
While Janis didn't make a reception against the Raiders, his stock was so high from the previous game against the St. Louis Rams that it didn't hurt him. In fact, ESPN.com's Rob Demovsky calls Janis a lock to make the final 53-man roster.
Does Janis still have plenty of room to improve? Sure, but his combination of size, speed and athleticism is unteachable, and Janis has that in bunches.
Look for Janis to ride his strong offseason to some playing time during the regular season.
Stock Down: Rajion Neal, Running Back
Had the preseason ended after the first game, it's likely that undrafted free agent Rajion Neal would have made the roster. Unfortunately, Neal injured his knee against the Tennessee Titans in that first game.
Neal hasn't played in any of the other preseason games due to that knee injury. In fact, he hasn't even practiced, according to Wes Hodkiewicz of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
The problem for Neal is that while he's been forced to the sidelines, DuJuan Harris has been looking like a star. Neal was originally fighting Harris for the No. 3 job but has simply lost too much ground with this injury.
It's possible that the Packers will keep four running backs on their final roster, but it's highly unlikely. Don't be surprised if Neal is released before the final preseason game.
Stock Up: Corey Linsley, Center
For rookie center Corey Linsley, his stock is on the rise because he's now the starting center for the Packers when Week 1 rolls around. If he plays well enough, Linsley could hold onto that starting job even when JC Tretter returns from a knee injury.
Offensive guard Josh Sitton said that Linsley is "ready to play" physically, while another personnel man said the Packers "wouldn't miss a beat" with Linsley at center, according to Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
The Packers desperately need Linsley to play at a high level. This was finally supposed to be the year where the offensive line was a strength, and losing Tretter simply won't help that.
The final preseason game for the Packers will be crucial to see how well Linsley can play against top competition.
Stock Down: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Safety
Sometimes, no news is good news. Other times, no news is not so good.
For a rookie safety in a battle for a starting job, you want to be making noise. Unfortunately, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix was relatively quiet against the Raiders last Friday.
He finished the game without a single tackle in Week 3. Meanwhile, Sean Richardson had three tackles and a forced fumble, and Micah Hyde had three tackles.
With Hyde and Richardson playing well, Clinton-Dix needs to be doing more than he has these past few weeks. If he doesn't, then seeing him come off the bench as a rookie is a definite possibility.
Stock Up: Nick Perry, Outside Linebacker
After dealing with an undisclosed injury for the start of the offseason, outside linebacker Nick Perry finally appears to be back.
It's been a rough road getting back here. He's been outshined in preseason games by nearly everyone else who plays at his position.
However, on Friday night, Perry was able to get to the quarterback and force a fumble at the same time. It was the exact play that the Packers needed to see from their former first-round draft pick.
As long as Perry can continue to bring pressure on opposing quarterbacks, he should have no trouble finding the field during the regular season.
Stock Down: Injured Starters
Friday wasn't the nicest of nights for the Packers in terms of injuries.
From B.J. Raji's season-ending bicep injury to Tretter's knee injury, the Packers were hit extremely hard with the injury bug. Losing two players for a significant time is hard, but losing two starters is even worse.
Now the Packers need to scramble to replace both players in the starting lineup and get the replacements up to speed for the opening game of the regular season. The hard part is that most starters don't play during the final preseason game, but the Packers may need to make an exception for a handful of players.
Look for guys like Linsley and Josh Boyd to get extended playing time on Thursday against the Kansas City Chiefs as the Packers prepare for the regular season.