Tonight the Green Bay Packers host the Oakland Raiders, 7 p.m., at Lambeau Field, where the Packers play their first game of the 2014 preseason – the first of two straight to finish out the games that don’t count.
So, with that in mind, here are some quick thoughts about what I’m most excited about seeing tonight.
• With it being the third preseason game, it will be interesting to see just how long Coach Mike McCarthy keeps his starters on the field. We already know pretty much how the first offensive unit will perform. Unless they go out and lay an egg on their first couple of possessions, he may try to establish some continuity on the field and keep the first-stringers on the field through the first half. If they go out and rip it up the first couple of series, you may see Matt Flynn and Scott Tolzien earlier than anticipated.
• How will Jayrone Elliott perform tonight and will he be put on the field to play with first-stringers to see how he matches up against better competition?
• Who will step forward among the tight ends tonight? Will Richard Rodgers step up his game tonight? What about Jake Stoneburner and Ryan Taylor. Do they rise or fall?
• Will Jeff Janis get more time on the field? And which other wide receivers will shine tonight?
• Will Julius Peppers take another step and show that he’s more comfortable in his new role with the Packers? Who among the outside linebackers will rise and who will fall tonight – this group is being called the deepest Dom Capers has worked with during his time in Green Bay.
So as the clock winds down toward the start of this game, we hope for a couple of things: A Packers win, even though it doesn’t count; and that the Packers leave the field tonight without any major injuries.
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