The past two weeks reveals this about the Green Bay Packers – first, the team is in disarray, what with the injuries and all; and second, that this team has not shown the kind of depth expected.
Granted, it’s difficult to think the team won’t suffer because of the injuries and that this team’s first two preseason games were horrific. But what these games show us is the importance of depth – or in the Packers case, lack thereof. Spotty performances highlighted the play of the second and third lines. They were pretty much taken to the cleaners, especially against the Browns. It was a step forward they were seeking.
Could the Packers go 0-4 in preseason? They might. But that doesn’t concern me right now. The injuries concern me. The turnovers concern me. The lack of a decent second string quarterback – at least what we’ve seen. Aaron Rodgers can come to Graham Harrell’s defense – that’s noble of him – but in the end, it’s going to come down to whether Harrell can lead this team to touchdowns.
I have a proposal: Play Rodgers for a quarter and one-half and let Harrell play with the starters into the third quarter. That way coaches can evaluate him while playing with the first team. It’s been kinda unfair to evaluate him by his play with the second-,third, and fourth-stringers.
But two things are for sure. The Packers injured have got to get healed up. They got good news Sunday when Greg Jennings and Jermichael Finley returned to practice. That’s a start. Secondly, they have to see what Graham Harrell can do playing with the first team. He is just one piece in the grand puzzle that is the Packers depth.
Much will be determined in the next week or so.