The Green Bay Packers played their second game of preseason Thursday night against the Oakland Raiders and throughout the contest, there were some good things and some bad.
After watching the Packers take on the Browns, there were a number of areas I wanted to focus on this week: the run game, fullback, inside linebacker, the secondary and of course, young players.
And after closely watching the game vs Oakland here are five observations from the Packers second preseason game.
1. The running game is rolling
Mike McCarthy wanted to get the ground game going and so far he has achieved that. 81 runs in two games is terrific and the fact that Eddie Lacy has rushed 13 times for 69 yards and a TD is huge plus.
The offensive line is moving defenders off the ball and Aaron Ripkowski is blocking his tail off. Good things will come if Green Bay sticks to its commitment to ground and pound.
2. Davante Adams is bouncing back
Many predicted Adams could be cut from the team with a poor preseason, but the former second-round pick has responded and looks like he has rebounded from last year’s poor performance.
Adams caught two passes for 37 yards against the Raiders and make a spectacular 31-yard reception on his back shoulder. He’s the No.3 wide out until someone else proves otherwise.
3. Young secondary shines
The Packers secondary is loaded with young talent and it was on full display vs the Raiders.
Damarious Randall made a tremendous interception in the 2nd quarter, while covering Amari Cooper. Chris Banjo had a nice pass defense, Kentrell Brice a TFL, Quinten Rollins played well, as did Josh Hawkins, who had an interception.
Hawkins, an undrafted corner is still a long shot to make the 53-man roster, but his chances are improving and a practice squad spot is all but assured.
In all, the Packers held Derrick Carr to a QB rating of just 40.1, which was in large part due to the young, but talented defensive backs.
4. Depth at ILB is legit
Blake Martinez had another strong game. He looked in control running the defense and even though wasn’t spot on with his tackling, he got guys on the ground.
Sam Barrington also played well, notching a tackle for loss. He looked like the guy who started two years ago. I expect him to start again.
Yet, Jake Ryan, Joe Thomas and Carl Bradford also played well. I don’t expect five to be kept, so the final decision will be between Thomas and Bradford. Both have shown promise and for once, ILB doesn’t appear to be a glaring weakness.
5. Brett Hundley is an NFL QB
I know it seems silly to say, of course he is an NFL QB, he plays in the league. But after watching Hundley play last night, I believe he has big-time talent, even starter potential down the road.
Before exiting cause of an ankle injury, Hundley was 5-of-7 for 67 yards. He looked smooth and completed a beautiful ball to Adams before being forced to leave the game.
Obviously, injuries are a concern, but he has shown more than enough for Green Bay to feel comfortable with him as Aaron Rodgers backup for the next three years.