Vince Young, Davon House, David Bakhtiari, Don Barclay, Tyrone Walker, Johnathan Franklin, Micah Hyde, and Eddie Lacy, just to name a few. These are players whose place on the team is tenuous. Not that many of these guys won’t make the 53-man roster, but just how they fit into the team’s week-to-week plans as they head into the regular season will be interesting, in the very least.
So, with that said, this second game will be watched closely by fans across the globe, as well as us folks here at Lombardiave.com.
A few of us took the time this week to scratch out a few thoughts about just what we will be watching and looking for when the Packers hit the field tonight.
Dan Dahlke: I’ll be watching a few of the young defensive players and how they’re progressing on the field. They’ll be going up against a young and talented Rams’ offense, which will be a good test for them.
I want to see how Nick Perry looks at outside linebacker and if he provides some good pressure and holds up well against the run. I want to see how Micah Hyde performs with his increased reps on defense, and I want to see how Davon House responds after a rough preseason opener.
Finally, I want to see how the young safeties look in game action. I like the battle between Jennings and McMillian, but I also like the way Chris Banjo plays.
Eric Balkman: One of the least talked about story lines so far in the Packers preseason is how banged up the secondary is. Casey Hayward has yet to practice. Tramon Williams has a (really) bum knee. Davon House is recovering from two shoulder surgeries (and food poisoning). So a guy the Packers weren’t counting on for much in 2013 is already being counted on quite a bit this preseason: rookie cornerback Micah Hyde.
Head coach Mike McCarthy and Dom Capers have already raved about his ball-hawking and play-making skills. He’s a bigger than average corner that will be trying to use his size and strength to neutralize the smaller Rams receivers like Tavon Austin Saturday night. So I’ll definitely be paying close attention to how effective Hyde will be against this supposedly explosive St. Louis passing attack. The NFL is a passing league now, and Hyde will get an opportunity to show far along he has come as a rookie this preseason.
And finally, can Davon House bounce back from a downright embarrassing start to his preseason? He finally seems healthy enough to make a case for the 53 man but needs a FAR better performance than last week, an he knows it.
Kevin Gibson: I am interested to see how much Vince Young has picked up since last Thursday’s preseason opener. (I’m still having a hard time believing Young is in green and gold in the first place.)
Ray Rivard: There are many things I want to pay attention to, but of course we can’t watch all 11 positions at one now, can we? So, to start, I’ll be watching David Bakhtiari at left tackle to see how he holds up against the Rams pass rush. On the other side, we’ll also be interested in seeing how Don Barclay and Lane Taylor perform.