The Packers finished the 2011 preseason schedule tonight with a 20-19 win over the Kansas City Chiefs.
Some preliminary thoughts about this game and what it means to the team’s future:
Vic So’oto cemented a spot on the roster with an eye-popping performance that included 1.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble, interception return for a touchdown, and his number showing up all over the field. Clearly another important find by Ted Thompson.
The play of Pat Lee … Though he again got beat on some pass plays, he was in the right place at the right time with two fumble recoveries, one that he nearly returned for a TD. Was it enough to guarantee a roster spot? Not sure.
Linebacker DJ Smith continues to impress, while Robert Francois certainly improved his stock.
Graham Harrell is still a project, but he really didn’t do much worse than Matt Flynn.
Mason Crosby continues his solid camp by again drilling all his field attempts.
The first team offense, in its only possession, looked as solid as ever by driving for a TD.
The backup defense was solid in playing against the Chiefs’ first team offense for most of the game, minus Matt Cassell in the second half. Some Chiefs’ starters, including RB Jamal Charles, were spotted on the field in the fourth quarter.
Which WR will make the team? Based on tonight’s performance, it’s got to be Tori Gurley. If he doesn’t, the Packers might hope they can sneak him on to the practice squad. One thing is for sure. Shaky Smithson
Won’t make the team … Maybe another project headed to the practice squad?
And finally a bonus from Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press Gazette: LB Frank Zombo said he just had an X-ray in his shoulder and the bone is healing quickly. Hopes he only has to miss two weeks.
It’s clear that you and I wouldn’t want to be Ted Thompson this next few days as he has to cut the team from 80 to 53. Given what we saw tonight, there are going to be be some very difficult decisions that he faces.
And as overused as it’s become, it’s true that it’s important that they pick the “best 53.”
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