One week from immediately, Green Bay Packers’ first-year common supervisor Brian Gutekunst will assemble the 53-man roster for the primary time.
During Oakland’s 13-6 exhibition win over Green Bay Friday, a number of Packers made a powerful case for a roster spot. Others harm themselves with forgettable performances.
Here had been Green Bay’s winners and losers towards the Raiders:
Winner: J’Mon Moore
The Packers’ fourth spherical draft alternative has struggled with drops and inconsistency this summer time. But Moore was terrific towards the Raiders, ending the evening with 4 catches for 62 yards.
Moore’s most spectacular catch was a 27-yard reception late within the fourth quarter. Moore whipped cornerback Antwuan Davis on a go-route, absorbed an enormous hit from security Quincy Mauger who was flagged pointless roughness, but nonetheless held on for a formidable catch.
“He performed very well tonight,” Packers head coach Mike McCarthy stated of Moore. “He did a lot of good things. He’s been doing a good job of route running and releases. He just needed to finish it on the back end, and I thought he did a really good job of that. Had some excellent catches and definitely took a step as a young player.”
Loser: RT Kyle Murphy
In the primary half alone, Murphy had a pair of holding penalties. He additionally allowed two sacks, together with one during which defensive finish Fadol Brown whipped Murphy, then pressured a strip sack of Brett Hundley.
The Packers don’t have any depth at offensive deal with behind starters David Bakhtiari and Bryan Bulaga. Murphy seemed just like the frontrunner to be the No. three deal with early in camp, however has been dreadful the final two exhibition video games.
Jason Spriggs, a 2016 second spherical draft choose, hasn’t been any higher, that means Gutekunst may need to commerce for a 3rd deal with.
Green Bay allowed 5 sacks total, with Murphy having the rockiest evening of anybody.
“It was clearly not a very good evening for us up front,” McCarthy stated.
Winner: Trevor Davis
How is it, you marvel, that Davis generally is a winner by standing on the sideline for a 3rd straight preseason sport with a hamstring damage?
Well, his replacements within the return sport proceed to wrestle, rising the percentages of Davis making the workforce.
Marquez Valdes-Scantling fumbled the second half kickoff and caught a break when teammate J’Mon Moore slapped the unfastened ball out of bounds. Jaire Alexander had Green Bay’s solely punt return and that went for no yards.
Davis ranked third within the league in punt returns (12.zero) and seventh on kickoffs (22.eight) in 2017. So regardless of being invisible all summer time, Davis nonetheless has a terrific likelihood to make the workforce.
Loser: CB Herb Waters
Josh Jackson, a rookie second spherical draft choose, had an interception return for a landing within the second quarter Friday. That marked the second straight week Jackson had a pick-six.
Just one drawback: cornerback Herb Waters — a person preventing for his roster life — was flagged for defensive holding on the alternative facet of the sector.
The Packers are extraordinarily deep at cornerback this season. And on an evening the place Waters was given reps with the starters and the second string, he failed miserably.
Winner: CB Jaire Alexander
Speed kills. Just ask Alexander.
Alexander, the Packers’ rookie first spherical draft alternative, runs the 40-yard sprint in four.38 seconds. Against the Raiders, he trailed broad receiver Dwayne Harris, then pounced when the ball was within the air.
Alexander turned on the jets, then jumped excessive into the air and intercepted Connor Cook’s cross for Harris. It was the kind of play that tells the Packers that Alexander can be a right away contributor in 2018.
Loser: TE Lance Kendricks
Kendricks, a seven-year veteran, won’t get an eighth yr — no less than in Green Bay — the way in which he’s taking part in.
Kendricks has struggled with dropped passes all through the summer time. On Friday, Kendricks dropped what would have been a 17-yard landing after quarterback Brett Hundley pump faked, averted hassle, rolled proper and delivered a strike.
Green Bay has its cross catching tight finish in Jimmy Graham and its blocking tight finish in Marcedes Lewis. The Packers even have younger, promising prospects in Robert Tonyan and Emanuel Byrd, which might put Kendricks on the roster bubble.
Winner: Geronimo Allison
Allison, the frontrunner to be Green Bay’s No. three receiver, whipped cornerback Rashaad Melvin for a 31-yard achieve on Green Bay’s first possession. Allison additionally made a nifty finger-tip catch and saved his toes in bounds to choose up a primary down on the identical drive.
Allison has been challenged in latest weeks by gamers comparable to Jake Kumerow and Marquez Valdes-Scantling to be No. three. But Allison appears prone to maintain them off after his efficiency Friday.
Green Bay’s record of inactive gamers included quarterback Aaron Rodgers, wideouts Trevor Davis, Jake Kumerow, Davante Adams and Randall Cobb, operating backs Jamaal Williams and Devante Mays, offensive linemen David Bakhtiari, Lane Taylor, Corey Linsley, Justin McCray and Bryan Bulaga, tight finish Jimmy Graham, cornerbacks Kevin King and Davon House, linebackers Oren Burks and Nick Perry, and defensive finish Mike Daniels.
The truth the NFL expenses season ticket holders for these video games appears preposterous.
“Well, everybody that was held was pretty much of medical nature,” McCarthy stated of the 18 Packers that didn’t play. “A couple guys that were not in that category. That’s a normal thing you deal with this time of year.”