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Green Bay Packers: First half thoughts

After one half into the 2014 preseason, the Green Bay Packers made it back to the locker room at LP Stadium a lot wet and with a slim 7-6 lead over the Tennessee Titans.

We all know the score makes no difference in anything, but it’s watching the personnel who are trying to make this team that’s most fun.

Head Coach Mike McCarthy said this week that he wanted players to jump out at him. Well, given the conditions, it’s difficult to jump out at all, but there were a few players who did make a difference.

First of all, you’ve got to be impressed with James Starks, who didn’t waste any time in picking up where he left off last year. He carried the Packers down the field on their opening drive nearly by himself, scoring from 22 yards out to give the Packers a 7-0 lead. Kicker Mason Crosby converted the experimental “long” extra point from 33 yards.

However, another player who didn’t fare so well in the first half was Davante Adams. He muffed the first of two punts he attempted handling in the rain. Though he was able to regain possession of that first one, the second punt he attempted didn’t go so well. He muffed that punt as well, but that one was recovered by Tennessee who scored on the next play.

However, the Titans’ missed extra point kept the Packers in the lead.

Others who stood out in the first half were safety Micah Hyde, who seemed to be all over the field. Our hats also go out to Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, who showed he had closing speed on coverage, as well as the ability to crowd the line of scrimmage and take on the run game.

We could also say that Scott Tolzien also looked comfortable during his short time on the field in the first half. We hope for at least another quarter from the former Wisconsin Badger.

So it’s on to the second half of this game.


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