Green Bay Packers: Assessment of Team's Play in Second Preseason Game
This article covers the 2010 preseason game of the Green Bay Packers versus the Seattle Seahawks. This article's purpose is to provide an in-depth look at the progress of the younger players whom develop their talents and try to secure a roster spot for the regular season.
Even though Donald Driver didn't suit up, the first team offense was unstoppable. Only out for two possessions, Aaron Rodgers hit Greg Jennings for a 56 yard completion for his first pass. Both drives ended up in touchdowns to John Kuhn and Jermichael Finley, where Rodgers often looked to Jennings (4 targets) and Finley (5 targets).
Ryan Grant played with the first team offense, grabbing a screen play for seven yards, but couldn't get much going on the ground.
Matt Flynn took over with 12 minutes of the second quarter and connected to Brett Swain and Jordy Nelson for 21 and 19 yards.
Daryn Colledge, trying to fend of Brian Bulaga for the starting left guard spot, had a false start penalty.
At 6-7, Breno Giacomini may look like an NFL lineman but isn't ready to contribute effectively on the football field. Giacomini missed a block letting Brandon Jackson get stuffed on a run and gave up a sack on the very next play.
With two minutes left in the half, Matt Flynn marched the offense down the field connecting with Jordy Nelson and Brett Swain. Flynn showed excellent clock management as he avoided sacks and spiked the ball to stop the clock. After a short pass to Nelson, Flynn attempted to spike the ball with three seconds left for a field goal attempt but Giacomini committed a false start penalty which ran out the clock and ended the half.
In the second half, Flynn had a few nice throws to Patrick Williams and Quinn Johnson. Flynn continued to show great awareness in the pocket where he scrambled for a first down when the pocket collapsed.
Flynn had two turnovers: one that was deflected by a defender high up in the air for an easy interception and the other was a fumble caused by left tackle Allen Barbre, who missed a block that led to the blindside hit.
I believe Flynn has solidified himself as a quality backup who could be traded next offseason for a second or third round pick.
Graham Harrell entered the game with seven minutes left and was much better than last week, who connected to Chastin West for 23 yards.
Fullback John Kuhn played a little at running back and was dispelled by Brandon Jackson. Jackson played well in the second quarter and also had a long run on a third and short in the fourth quarter. Jackson also scored the game winning touchdown on a sweep play.
This preseason, Brandon Jackson not only looks effective running the ball but also looks like one of the better returners on the Packers' roster. If Ryan Grant ever goes down this year, Jackson should be able to fill in nicely.
Even though the defense was missing three starting linebackers and Charles Woodson, the team looked much more effective compared to last week against Cleveland.
Seattle's first team offense was on the field for the entire first half. The defense forced a three and out on Seattle's first possession but later allowed Matt Hasselbeck to march down the field for a touchdown. At the 11 yard line, Hasselbeck had five seconds in the pocket which led to Deon Branch being able to get behind Nick Collins for the score.
The run defense was solid for most of the half except for a Leon Washington run up the middle. Seattle's offensive line set up excellent blocks but safeties Nick Collins and Charlie Peprah were out of position and made poor tackles.
The job for the nickel back position does not look very promising between Pat Lee and Brandon Underwood. Lee was abused by T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Underwood gave up a first down by playing soft coverage on a man-to-man play. Underwood later tripped, allowing receiver Mike Williams to make a 17 yard catch down field.
Jarret Bush was responsible for three penalties on the defense: illegal contact, unnecessary roughness, and pass interference.
Safety Derrik Martin was ejected on a punt return which looked like he punched a player.
Desmond Bishop missed a few tackles due to poor positioning and tackling.
Charlie Whitehurst was unable to move the chains when he entered the game in third quarter. Frank Zombo had the team's only sack.
Will Blackmon was juked by the most pedestrian starting running back in the NFL, Julius Jones. Blackmon was also schooled by Deon Butler, who also made Pat Lee and Sam Shields miss tackles on a 21 yard pass play.
Seattle had some trickery in the red zone, where Charlie Peprah missed receiver Ben Obomanu in motion for a touchdown.
Tight End Spencer Havner filled in at linebacker again late in the game and grabbed a red zone interception near the sideline.
Sam Shields later sealed the game with a tipped pass for an interception with less that three minutes remaining.
Mason Crosby looked much better during kickoffs sending four kicks to the end zone and two more at the two and eight yard lines. Crosby was 2-2 on field goals connecting on 34 and 51 yards.
Special teams coverage was atrocious, showcasing poor tackling which allowed returns to the 38 and 50 yard lines.
Several players fielded returns but only Brandon Jackson and Jordy Nelson were effective. Sam Shields only fielded one kickoff and fumbled it for a turnover.
Chris Bryan and Tim Matshay only punted once. Both punts were solid.
Stay tuned for the next article on the 2010 preseason game of the Green Bay Packers versus the Indianapolis Colts.
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