Packers: Three key players in final preseason game vs. Chiefs

Green Bay Packers, Christian Watson (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers, Christian Watson (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images) /

The Green Bay Packers will face the Kansas City Chiefs in their final regular season tune-up game of the preseason.

A lot of players like rookie receiver Romeo Doubs, rookie edge-rusher J.J. Enagbare, and rookie linebacker Quay Walker have established themselves as key contributors for this team.

There are still some players fighting for roster spots. There are players who figure to become key contributors but haven’t played a down yet in the preseason. We will see a lot of those players tonight due to the fact that there will be no starters taking the field.

So, who are the key players to watch on Thursday night when the team takes the field for the last time before Week 1 in Minnesota?

S Micah Abernathy

Abernathy had an impressive performance against the New Orleans Saints last Friday. He made four tackles, registered one pass break-up, and made an incredible diving interception.

With safety Vernon Scott being waived earlier this week, Abernathy has a real chance to make the 53-man roster as the No. 3 safety. Another solid performance against Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs offense could solidify his future for the time being in Green Bay.

WR Christian Watson

Watson was the Packers’ big selection in the second round of April’s draft out of North Dakota State. The playmaker stands at 6-4 but runs a 4.3. That combo of size and speed is rare.

He is an elite athlete and might very well be the most talented skill-position prospect that the franchise has ever drafted. He is yet to play this preseason due to a knee injury, however.

Watson has been in the ear of Aaron Rodgers trying to learn as much as he can even if he hasn’t always been fully participating in practice. If Watson is given the green light by Green Bay’s team doctors, he should suit up for the first time with his teammates.

The Florida native is going to have to be a big-time contributor for the team this season, and fans could get a glimpse of him for the first time on Thursday night.

RB Tyler Goodson

In this moment, Goodson is closer to becoming an impactful offensive piece than a practice squad player. The former Iowa star has been an emerging player in the preseason for the Packers.

He has averaged over 4.5 yards per touch this preseason. In the NFL, that is not too shabby. He’s been the team’s leading rusher through two games, as well.

The competition for the No. 3 running back role behind Aaron Jones and A.J. Dillon is between Goodson and Patrick Taylor. If Goodson puts together a third consecutive strong performance against another well-coached team, he will be a lock to make the Packers’ final roster and possibly an important contributor out of the backfield.