Final Score: Packers 21 Rams 7
Week 2 is in the books and it looks like the Packers are in pretty good shape. The Packers defeated the Rams 21 to 7 on Saturday, but like I said last week, it’s the preseason and win or lose, it doesn’t really matter. Unlike the regular season where the team as whole is held at the utmost importance, the preseason is judged mainly on the performance of individuals. So because of this, I decided to go over which individuals impressed in yesterday’s victory.
Aaron Rodgers- Basically goes without saying, but I like saying it so I will. Rodgers looked sharp yesterday in the two series that he played going 11 for 13 for 128 yards and a touchdown, while also adding 14 yards on a scramble. The starting O-Line was giving him all day to find his receivers against one of the best D-Lines in the league, so if this trend continues, it’s going to be a fun year to watch one of the best QBs in the league.
Eddie Lacy- Small sample size but was effective in the one series that he played. He totaled 47 yards on the ground and in the air, and showed that he’s healthy and ready for the season. With Rodgers back Lacy is in for a huge year as defenses begin to leave the box. So draft him on your fantasy team, you won’t regret it.
J.C. Tretter- Played well last week in Tennessee and just as well, if not better this week in St. Louis. Tretter was the only question mark on the O-Line coming into the season, but his play in the last 2 weeks have shown why the Packers let Evan Dietrich-Smith leave for Tampa Bay.
Andrew Quarless- He was the Packers leading receiver yesterday with 58 yards and a few good catches. It was nice seeing some production at the TE position as the Packers try to replace Finley. Combining him with Bostick and R. Rodgers should make for a good season at the position.
Jeff Janis- Only caught one pass, but it was a 34 yard touchdown so that classifies as
impressive. Janis showed the breakaway speed he possesses when he caught a pass on an underneath route and outran everybody on his way to the end zone. This guy looks like Jordy Nelson.
Davante Adams- Definitely improved from last week in the passing and return game. He caught
2 passes for 29 yards and also scored on a 2 point conversion. He also fielded 2 punts and didn’t fumble which deserves a thumbs up after last week. He and Janis will most likely be competing for playing time this season.
Tim Masthay- I know what you’re thinking. Who cares about the punter? However this guy was something else yesterday. He was consistently hitting 50 yard punts with over 5 second hang times. That’s impressive.
Ha Ha Clinton Dix- Registered his first sack and continues to play well at the safety position. Not sure if he’ll get the start week one, but he has starting ability.
Brad Jones- Led the team with 4 tackles and did a good job in stopping the run. ILB is a position of concern for the Packers and they need him to play well this year if the defense hopes to succeed.
Jay Elliott- Basically made a name for himself in less than 30 seconds. He piled up 2 sacks and a forced fumble on back to back plays in the 4th quarter. He finished the game with 3 sacks and definitely caught the eyes of the coaches. I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets earlier reps next week against the Raiders.
Honorable Mentions belong to the starting O-Line that impressed for the second week in a row by creating running room and giving Rodgers time to find his receivers. The defense also deserves a mention by doing a great job throughout the game stuffing the run by only allowing 2.9 yards per carry and also totaling 7 sacks.
Now leave some feedback! Who impressed you in yesterday’s win? Who disappointed? What are you most excited about for this coming season? Leave a comment and let me know!