Rams vs. Packers: 5 Subs Mike McCarthy Should Play vs. Lowly St. Louis
When the Green Bay Packers host the St. Louis Rams at Lambeau Field in Week 6, the NFL will see its best team play against its worst. The 5-0 Packers look to remain undefeated while the 0-4 Rams look to get their first win in what would be the biggest upset of the young NFL season.
As heavy favorites, the Packers should be able to take care of business and handle the Rams. If they do so, a win Sunday could come with an enormous margin of victory for the green and gold.
This is not to say a Packers win is guaranteed as any team can beat any other team in the NFL, but against such a lowly opponent, Packers' head coach Mike McCarthy should have the opportunity to get some of subs some rare playing time.
LB Vic So'oto
After a dazzling preseason performance, Vic So'oto has been out of action for the Packers suffering a back injury before the season opener. The injury cost So'oto the first four weeks of his season, but he returned to practice two weeks ago.
So'oto has been beat out of the 45 man game day roster by Jamari Lattimore who has the edge based on special teams contributions. This could be an opportunity for So'oto to be picked over Lattimore with a chance to see some snaps on defense.
With his strong play against the Chiefs starters, many have longed to see if So'oto can jump in and help contribute to a pass rush that has been far from reaching the high preseason expectations. Since Lattimore has been activate the last couple weeks, the coaching staff could just switch him out to give So'oto a shot.
CB Jarrett Bush
One of the most disliked and criticized Packers among fans, Jarrett Bush could use the time to improve his corner skills. Always a critical contributor on special teams, the criticism of Bush has come from his sub-par play on defense.
The Rams are extremely weak at the wide receiver position and should be extremely over-matched by Tramon Williams and Sam Shields on the outside. With Williams still suffering from a lingering shoulder injury, this could be a nice opportunity to turn things over to Bush at some point.
Often times, Bush has great coverage on the play, but lacks the ability to turn and locate the ball in the air. Game experience against the Rams could provide Bush with added reps and aide in his development as a corner.
OL Derek Sherrod
While Bryan Bulaga may think he is ready to come back, Mike McCarthy and the Packers should seriously consider giving him another week off. Derek Sherrod would get the start if this were the case with a chance to build on his successful outing in Atlanta.
Sherrod has had a roller-coaster of a rookie season failing in a preseason experiment that had him playing guard instead of tackle to last week filling in very well of an injured Chad Clifton. With Clifton out for a number of weeks, Marshall Newhouse will remain constant on the line.
There is no reason to risk Bulaga against the Rams and Sherrod showed that he has the ability to keep Rodgers upright. It would be a big step in the development of Sherrod who is likely to take over for Clifton when he retires.
TE D.J. Williams
D.J. Williams could see his first substantial action on offensive this Sunday against the Rams after contributing just one catch for seven yards and a tackle on special teams. The rookie tight end is a more traditional tight end that mixes up receiving and blocking very well.
This season the Packers have rarely relied on tight ends outside of Jermichael Finley, but with the possibility that Finley may not be back next year, the Packers may need to see what they currently have. Andrew Quarless has struggled to stay healthy this year while contributing nothing.
The future could be bright for Williams who showed plenty of potential during the preseason, but has lacked the opportunities on Sundays. With the Packers heavily favored, we could see Williams factored into the Packers offense later on in the game.
QB Matt Flynn
While it has been great to watch Rodgers put up historic numbers, it would be just as nice to see some Matt Flynn time against the Rams. As heavy favorites, if the Packers can put this one away early expect Rodgers to trade in his helmet for a baseball cap.
Rodgers has been absolutely unreal this season and although sitting could affect his numbers, a healthy Rodgers is always a good thing in Green Bay. Matt Flynn saw his first action against the Denver Broncos this season and threw an interception on his first pass.
Flynn is a free agent after this season and could use a stage to showcase his talents to the rest of the league. While the Packers are unable to trade Flynn after the season, they could be rewarded a compensation pick the following season based on his success with a new team.