Green Bay Packers' Biggest Preseason Disappointments so Far
While the preseason has revealed many positives for the Green Bay Packers, there have also been a handful of disappointments.
Rookies who the Packers drafted in the early to middle rounds of this year's draft have been the most disappointing this preseason. Guys like wide receiver Davante Adams and defensive end Khyri Thornton have simply failed to make much of a positive impact at all.
There have also been early training camp stars who have failed to do much in the preseason games. While performing well in camp is a plus, it's even more important to play well in actual games.
Here is a look at the Packers' biggest preseason disappointments.
QB Matt Flynn
However, Flynn has looked like anything but a backup quarterback during the preseason. Through three games, he has completed only 11 of his 23 passes for 130 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
Flynn has been so bad that his No. 2 job might have already been lost to Tolzien. Should he struggle in the final preseason game, it'd be a foregone conclusion that the backup job wouldn't be his.
WR Davante Adams
Many expected, myself included, for wide receiver Davante Adams to waste little time taking the No. 3 receiver job from Jarrett Boykin. If there's one thing the preseason has shown, it's that Adams isn't even close to the level of Boykin.
Adams' four receptions for 50 yards in three games is far from impressive. Throw in his two fumbles during the Packers' first preseason game, and it simply hasn't been a good preseason for Adams.
Now there is no doubting the physical tools that Adams has. While Adams has looked better in practice this week, the Packers still need to see what he can do in a game setting.
Simply put, Adams needs a big game in the preseason finale in order to assure he sees some playing time in the regular season.
DE Khyri Thornton
With only Mike Daniels and Datone Jones as locks to make the roster at defensive end, Khyri Thornton had a real opportunity to be an impact rookie. Unfortunately, he's failed to take advantage and could potentially be on the roster bubble heading into Thursday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
It's been an extremely rough preseason for Thornton, and Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel breaks down just how bad it's been:
Thornton, the third-round draft choice from Southern Mississippi, has played more snaps (80) than anyone in the defensive front seven. Based on three exhibition games, he can't play now and it's possible he never will be able to play. …
In order to win a game today, Thornton would rank either seventh or eighth in a ranking of the team's eight defensive linemen.
While those words may seem a little harsh for a rookie, it shows just how bad Thornton has been on the field. If he struggles again against the Chiefs, his short career with the Packers could be over.
LB Carl Bradford
Much like Thornton, Bradford has really struggled this preseason. Once again, McGinn of the Journal Sentinel breaks down just how bad it's been:
Bradford, the fourth-round pick from Arizona State, was given a 24-snap shot Friday night against Oakland to show what he could do. The coaches saw the same Bradford they've been watching all summer, an undersized player that was invisible once again. …
Bradford would be tied for eighth among the nine outside linebackers.
The one thing that many expected Bradford to be able to do coming into the league was get after the quarterback. However, that simply hasn't been the case through three games.
Bradford has moved to inside linebacker during practice this week, according to Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. Many thought he would make that switch when he was drafted since the Packers have a need for talent at that position.
However, even if Bradford plays well in the fourth preseason game, it might be a case of too little, too late for the fourth-round pick.
S Sean Richardson
There was no doubt that the early star of training camp was safety Sean Richardson. You couldn't go a day, it seemed, without hearing about the outstanding play of Richardson.
Unfortunately, the preseason games started rolling around and Richardson started becoming quiet. Gone were the big interceptions, and they were replaced by mediocre performances.
Richardson has still absolutely earned a roster spot. Heck, early in camp it looked like he might steal a starting job. However, now Richardson is simply playing for significant playing time in the fourth preseason game.
A strong performance could put him back on track to see significant snaps in the regular season, but another poor performance could put him on the bench for good.