Football is Back! kinda…

With the Brewers deciding a chance at the playoffs in 2019 is more important than winning a World Series or two in the next 4 years, let’s move on to the best sport ever….FOOTBALL!!!

The Packers kickoff the preseason tonight vs. the Houston Texans.  The Texans have been in Green Bay all week practicing against the Pack, which gives an added element.  The season preview will come later this month heading into the league opener, but as far as what to watch for tonight, always the Rookies and 2nd year guys.  I don’t get caught up in production or big plays as I do more on who seems to know the playbook and who’s playing with confidence (knowing where they’re going, what they’re supposed to do, etc.).

There are a boatload of rookies and 2nd year guys that’ll be playing tonight, and I have yet to see the Inactives, however these guys I’m really intrigued to see play:

  • #52 Rashan Gary (DE/LB)—he will forever be judged vs. Christian Wilkins (Mia- DT/DL) just as (deservedly so) Kevin King will be vs. TJ Watt.
  • #20 Kevin King (CB)—he’s not a 2nd year guy, however he’s hurt yet again and that’s some serious bull-shine (word borrowed from Czabe)!!!! He’s failing that grade vs. TJ Watt, big time.  The frustrating aspect of King is when he’s healthy, he’s shown why Thompson traded back to get him.
  • #37 Josh Jackson (CB/S)—2nd year man from Iowa (2 pick-6’s vs Wisc. Two years ago) needs to take advantage of his opportunity this camp, especially with King’s injury issues.
  • #42 Oren Burks (ILB)—speaking of opportunity, this seems like it could be a head-2-head competition with rookie ILB #44 Ty Summers. Burks was drafted because he can run and cover, as was Summers.  Hopefully one, or both, of these guys can step up to help Blake Martinez captain the middle of the Defense.

I could easily just list every rookie, but that’d be no fun, plus no one would really notice.  It’ll be tough to gauge the WRs without Rodgers playing tonight, so I won’t put too much stock into anything they do, good or bad.

If you’re watching tonight keep in mind the main thing is “no injuries.”

 

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