Legendary senior writer, Packers lead blogger & NFCNorth columnist jclombardi presents Packers "great, good, bad & ugly" review.
1. QB Rodgers--11 of 13 passes for 128 yards, 1 touchdown & 133.3 rating. He had 2 touchdown throws, but the Rodgers pass to WR Nelson in the end zone touchdown got reversed due to an illegal use of hands penalty by OT David Bakhtiari.
2. Undrafted rookie OLB Jayrone Elliott--three sacks and forced fumble.
1 TE Quarless--4 catches for 58 yards, although he looks shaky after the catch. Yet, his red zone interference penalty play looked awful. In the competition for starting tight end, rookie TE Rodgers appears to be ahead running better route and being a better blocker. Unfortunately, TE Bostick suffered a leg injury losing ground in the competition.
2. WR Cobb--3 catches for 34 yards & 1 touchdown.
3. Rookie WR Janis--1 big catch for 34 yards and 1 touchdown. Also, he appears to be a good return man.
4. Backup OG Taylor--outstanding game (highest offensive PFF grade).
5. Center J. C. Tretter--good game (1.2 PFF grade), although he needs to continue developing his second level blocking skills.
1. Rookie OLB Hubbard--sack.
2. Undrafted rookie DL Mike Pennel--good performance.
3. Punter Masthay--5 punts averaging 49.4 yards.
1. Backup OTs Derek Sherrod and Aaron Adams—both had horrible performances allowing multiple quarterback hits and sacks. They both need lots of practice in the final two preseason games to get ready for the 2014 NFL season. The Packers have no real other options. .
2. Cornerback Shields--poor performance (negative PFF grade).
3. RB Harris—although he had 7 carries for 32 yards, his 3rd quarter fumble was the only Packers' only turnover. Further, he looked sloppy slipping twice on the turf: (1) kickoff return and (2) running play
3. Defensive line--excluding DE Daniels (+1.8 PFF grade) who provided constant pressure, they graded out a negative 5.6 (PFF grade). Again, the defensive line lacks real quality depth with both starters NT Raji and DE Jones needing to make significant improvement.
COMMENTARY: While the Packers fluff sports press proclaimed that the "Packers' smaller defensive line holding up against the run", the truth is quite the opposite with serious concerns about durability, quality, and needed improvement for the entire defensive line for a successful 2014 Packers season. We shall see.