Build Off/Toward Something

Well of the players I mentioned to watch, Oren Burks may have ended his season or at the very least suffered a potentially serious injury.  This opens the door for ILB next to Blake Martinez.  Ty Summers (#44) made the most of the opportunity and Passed the Test—and has essentially made the team by showcasing his potential that he belongs on an NFL roster.  Let’s keep in mind that everyone that played last Thursday was, at best, a back-up…preseason should be judged on not whether someone stands out in a positive sense, but if they look as if they don’t belong.  Meaning if they look slow, or weak, that’s more telling than looking great.  If a player can’t hold his own against back-ups (at best remember), then they don’t deserve to take up a roster spot.

Heading into the 2nd game of the preseason, the Packers’ starters are likely to get some action, which I believe is important in the sense of timing and getting live hitting action.  I’m also a firm believer that there’s (maybe not even a) fine line between getting used to hits (immunity?) and having too much live action.  Either way, more live reps can only help or LaFleur said he expects the (offensive) starters to play a “quarter or so.”

What should we watch for tonight?

  • Timing of the 1st string offense; rhythm.
  • Cole Madison—missed his entire rookie season last year with a personal issue. He played limited snaps last week and did not look good. Keep an eye on him, #61. Lots of potential and hope for him to help the OL.
  • Ka’Dar Hollman—had an INT and played well last week. Let’s see if he can build upon that performance.  Rookie corners can make an immediate impact to a team in the regular season. He wears #29.
  • Ty Summers—quickly shooting up the ranks of Packer training camp favorite. Again, he passed the first test, but if he continues to show he belongs he may end up winning a starting job.  #44.

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