If you’re ready for the regular season of NFL football you’ve got to wait one more week, but in the meantime join us tonight for the final preseason game.
It should be a lot of fun tonight, folks and we’re hosting this thread to give you an opportunity to tell us what you’re feeling, ask questions and just talk Packers football-live, during the game.
Join us as we discuss everything from the starters not playing to whether the Packers made the right move in keeping Mason Crosby.
Dan Turczynski came up with these five things to be watching for tonight. Take a look and then scroll down and leave your comments …
5.) Limited time for the starters
As to be expected in the last preseason game, most of the Packers’ stars will not be playing, that would include Aaron Rodgers, Randall Cobb, Jordy Nelson, Clay Matthews (most likely) and a few others. It will be up to Vince Young and B.J. Coleman to battle it out for the backup quarterback position – a position in which Young has a significant lead. Look for Young and Coleman to each play a half as they try to show the coaching staff who should win the job.
4.) Last chance for D.J. Williams?
D.J. Williams has been fading at the wrong time in Packers’ camp. Williams was once considered to be the next Jermichael Finley for the Packers. However, that hasn’t quite panned out. Williams is a gym class hero – the type of player who only performs in practice. He gets people excited, then disappoints in the game. It has become very frustrating to watch Williams as of late. He’s dropped a handful of balls in the preseason, he’s missed blocking assignments and besides a few catches last week has been invisible.
3. Starks or Green?
Even with DuJuan Harris put on injured reserve this week, either Alex Green or James Starks will get cut this weekend. In my opinion, Green is miles ahead of Starks in the competition and the Packers have even cut Starks’ playing time in the preseason down to nothing the last two games. It is evident that Starks is on his way out. It’s just a matter of time before the Packers make it official. Watch for Green to get a lot of carries Thursday night along with Franklin and for Starks to continue to be phased out in Green Bay.
2.) Will Micah Hyde continue to impress?
Micah Hyde has arguably been the most impressive player in Packers’ training camp in 2013. Hyde has pushed Davon House and Jarrett Bush way down the depth chart and is sitting right up there with Sam Shields, Casey Hayward and Tramon Williams. Hyde has by far played the most downs of any Packer in the preseason and that shouldn’t change Thursday night. Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy may have found another late round gem in Hyde.
1.) Franklin’s time to shine
As Hyde has been the most impressive Packer this offseason, rookie fourth round pick Johnathan Franklin has been the most disappointing. Franklin was suppose to be the starting running back in Green Bay, according to many scouts after the draft. However, that hasn’t come to fruition.