Another electric display of talent and skill was in full view on natural grass underneath the open Tennessee sky last night. Thousands of winking stars watching on in what was ultimately a head-on clash of second string players.
Fans of the green and gold are left with mixed feelings over last night’s final preseason game in Nashville, Tennessee against the now 3-2 Titans, one of the few teams who had the extra practice of an additional preseason game.
With the glowing scoreboard revealing a final score of 27-13, in favor of the homestanding Titans, Packers fans shook their head in bewilderment while accepting the reality and risk factor that goes along with basically benching their starting line to proactively prevent injuries to a promising team.
In light of this shrugable excuse however, Tennessee Titans head coach Jeff Fisher mirrored this typical preseason end move, effectively completing his team’s preseason with no injuries, as well.
The Pack was not so fortunate, however, having notched a few minor injuries on their belt. Most disconcerting for this team is ninth overall 2009 draft pick B.J. Raji, who sprained his ankle after a few helpful tackles and one noteworthy sack.
Coach Mike McCarthy is optimistic that he will be able to release positive news today, hopeful that the injury will not interfere with the regular season.
With the second-string going face-to-face while battling the game out for their teams, some intense action still took place worthy of starting line recognition.
Vince Young, talented backup quarterback for the Titans, got another chance to show NFL fans exactly why he was the third overall pick in the 2006 draft.
With career totals of 444 pass completions out of 775 attempts, it was no surprise how well Young led the Titans last night, throwing two sharp and accurate touchdowns against the Packers.
Finishing where Young left off was third string Patrick Ramsey, who also showed his best, driving the Titans 80 yards at the opening of the second half.
Giving the Green Bay Packers his best performance of the pre-season despite failing to clinch a win, second-year quarterback Brian Brohm was also given another shot to display his prowess. Meanwhile, competing quarterback Matt Flynn continued to warm the bench with a two-week-old shoulder injury.
Brohm showed his team some great late preseason development, completing 10-of-12 passes, totalling 79 yards while raising some looks of surprized amazement by his teammates, coaches, and fans alike.
With plays being called by offensive coordinator Joe Philbin, Mike McCarthy was left open to scrutinize his players closely while the vital final cuts are being considered to reduce the 75-man roster down to 53 by Saturday's deadline.
Battling against injuries and with young players being tested for skill and marksmanship, the Packers just could not hold up against the Titans' fiery offense and powerful defense last night. With the Packers being forced into their first preseason punt, they quickly lost their hopes for another 4-0 preseason mark, a feat that they have not been able to accomplish since 1999.
While this game could not accurately demonstrate the skills of either team as a whole, second-string players were able to show observers their strengths while their often out-shinning starters watched on the sidelines. Displaying some great potential, both teams can be confident in their backups for the upcoming season, an asset that no team can scoff at.
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