Green Bay Packers quarterback Graham Harrell (6) looks to pass during tonight's game against the Arizona Cardinals at Lambeau Field. Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports photograph

The Final Score: Packers vs. Cardinals notes


 

Finally football (albeit, in preseason form) is back, and another chase begins for the Packers to reclaim the ultimate prize in the game. As far as a game that has no implication other than evaluation, there were inspiring positives and lingering negatives.

* Positives:

-Ty Walker, Ty Walker, Ty Walker-

An embarrassment of riches has been bestowed upon Green Bay in the form of wide receivers, and the trend seems to continue with the undrafted Tyrone Walker.

Green Bay Packers running back Johnathan Franklin (23) runs for short yards during game against the Arizona Cardinals at Lambeau Field. Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports photograph

The undrafted receiver from Illinois State has created quite an impression in his first action by snagging 5 catches for 41 yards. What is even more astounding is the relaxation exhibited by Walker in the position, especially from a rookie.

With the fourth wide receiver spot an open competition between Jeremy Ross, Jarrett Boykin and Alex Gillett, the next 3 preseason games will be an interesting exercise for the Green Bay coaches on what kind of weapon they need in that spot.

-James Jones is right on track

Besides the crazy face Jones made during his sideline interview, he is all business with his first catch in the exhibition season. Making the difficult seemingly simple, Jones caught a beautiful sideline throw in stride for 50 yards, before crashing to the tundra.

A play like that can only help the ever-expanding leadership role for Jones. This year’s team is without many of the stable veterans, and with the passing attack continuing to produce from Jones’ outstanding 14 touchdown season, is most welcome.

*Negatives

-Good Ol’ Graham

Green Bay has been under GM Ted Thompson, a developing factory for draft picks and free-agents, but sometimes the cream can’t or won’t rise to the top. This is Harrell’s case, with his obvious from the utter lack of understanding the pocket or the adjustment to oncoming pressure.

Cardinals rookie Tyrann Mathieu took advantage of Harrell’s weakness by blitzing from the slot and crushing the Texas Tech product before he could even scan his reads.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Vince Young (13) is tacked by Arizona Cardinals safety Tony Jefferson (36) after scrambling for a first down at Lambeau Field. Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports photograph

Harrell has had the time to grow, maybe it is time to look into our other unproven commodities before Harrell makes a mistake that could not only injure himself but the team.

-Finish, Finish, Finish

Once again, the defense looked limp concerning the pass defense. Cardinals QB Carson Palmer looked resurrected in head coach Bruce Arians system, but how much is it from the upheaval of the Green Bay defense?

Too many times Green Bay has made opposing quarterbacks look like Tarzan when they are Jane (Blaine Gabbert last year…).

I will not be Chicken Little, but when Drew Stanton moves the ball like a shopping cart across an ice rink against Dom Capers’ defense scheme , I can feel the heavens quake … just a tiny bit.

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Otherwise what great night for the Green and Gold to unveil the new enhancements to Lambeau, and here is a toast to the new chase for excellence in 2013.

GO PACK GO!

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  • Taryn Miller

    We’ll be more than OK with the WRs and RBs but Alex Green is gone if Harris shows up..Lacy,Starks,Franklin,Harris/Pease.Bahktieri looked like he has a grip on the LT spot and likely to only improve…..
    The defense…..holy sh%T!!!!…….the got some work to do and fast!!!!!

    • Moveguy

      As for the passing D, did anyone notice we were missing out 2 best corners tonight? If come game 3 they are still being lit up, then be concerned. As for last night, the only impact last night will have is some kids just missed opportunities to make the 53.

      • Taryn Miller

        Just because the majority of the game was played without starters and it’s pre-season,this kind of showing in live game action against an opponent other than yourselves is indicative of just how much isn’t being learned and how over-rated some are in underwear ala the NFL Combine.
        The point of pre-season is to find out who/why things work or who/what is failing.Can some guys step up next week and so forth,sure,but you cannot discard what is seen weekly and by no means,what’s seen in week 3, to be the all year end all.
        Remember,coaches grade weekly and so should we and there are no ‘free passes’ as the cheers and jeers are required and should never be ignored but taken equally.