The Green Bay Packers had some impressive moments on both sides of the ball against the Texans last week – Oren Burks looked like a new player and Devin Funchess proved that he belongs. There were, however, some disappointing performances. These three players need to bounce back tonight against the Jets.
Not that he’s at risk of losing a roster spot but Lucas Patrick is in a heated battle for a starting gig at guard. He spent most of practice this past week with the second team following a poor performance against the Texans. Things will only become more difficult for him to retain a starting role when Elgton Jenkins inevitably returns to his natural position at LG.
Among the four guards that had snaps against the Texans – Royce Newman, Jon Runyan Jr, Ben Braden, and Patrick, it’s reasonable to suggest that Patrick had the worst night.
Patrick’s negatives didn’t exactly stand out – which can be considered a positive – and he only allowed one pressure in his 18 pass blocking reps. He embarrassed himself as a run blocker, however, generating little to no push on his one-one-one opportunities. His lack of practical strength has been evident for awhile now.
That hasn’t been as much of an issue in the Packers’ zone-heavy scheme but in man/gap reps, it’s much more obvious. Patrick needs to showcase his pass-blocking technique and take advantage of every zone rep that he can.
Lucas Patrick will get another opportunity tonight to prove that he’s capable of starting, though there’s plenty of young talent nipping at his heels.
We’ve been waiting for Ka’Dar Hollman to turn it on since the Green Bay Packers selected him in the sixth round in 2019. Coming out of Toledo, Hollman was a freak athlete with a 9.23 RAS but he was very raw.
Fast forward two years and we’re still looking at the same player. Given the recent acquisitions of Dominique Martin and Isaac Yiadom, it’s become clear that the Packers don’t have much faith in Hollman’s ability to provide depth at the cornerback position. It doesn’t help that Hollman has clearly been passed by Kabian Ento.
The Packers played around with Hollman at slot and safety last year but he didn’t catch on at either position. He returned to outside corner for camp this season but continued to struggle. Hollman was only on the field for 20 snaps last Saturday. He’ll need to take advantage of every opportunity that he gets tonight.
It’s time for Ka’Dar Hollman to shape up or ship out.
Even with Randy Ramsey on IR, this is a tight battle at outside linebacker for the Green Bay Packers. Za’Darius Smith, Preston Smith, and Rashan Gary are all locks to make the team this season, potentially leaving just one spot available. Delontae Scott and Chauncey Rivers saw snaps at edge rusher but that last spot is probably reserved for either Jonathan Garvin or Tipa Galeai.
Galeai has had a decent camp, showing improvements against the run and providing a spark off the edge. He also factors in heavily on special teams, which can all too often be the determining factor in making the final 53.
Garvin doesn’t factor in as much on special teams and didn’t play particularly well on Saturday night. He had a relatively soft edge and missed a tackle that he shouldn’t have. He was a bit of a non-factor as a pass rusher as well.
Jonathan Garvin has the talent to provide depth as an edge defender. He just needs to prove it in some live ball if he wants to sure up a spot on the active roster.