Live action begins tonight in Houston for the Green Bay Packers. This early in preseason, there’s always a couple dozen question marks. Will some of those questions be answered tonight? Let’s break it down by position group.
Who is Jordan Love?
I mean really… we’ve heard so much about him and still know so little. We know he had one great season at Utah St followed by an up and down year. We know that the ball looks great leaving his hands. We also know that he’s been slow to process from within the pocket.
But who is this guy when you throw him into the fire? Sure… it’s just preseason but this will already be more than we saw of him last year. I’m excited to get to know Jordan Love.
Will Kylin Hill secure the RB3 job tonight?
The hype train keeps chuggin’ for the Green Bay Packers’ 7th-rounder out of Miss St. I’ve been a fan of Hill’s play since 2019 and was ecstatic when the Packers selected him. He’s been one of the hottest names through training camp.
Whether he’s spotting Aaron Jones with the first team or returning kicks, Kylin Hill has been doing everything right. For me, he’s a notch ahead of Patrick Taylor and Dexter Williams. He can drive it home with a solid performance tonight – and he will get his opportunity.
Will anybody separate themselves as the sixth wide receiver?
I’ll be surprised if we see Davante Adams tonight. We’ll get a decent look at MVS, Lazard, Cobb, and Amari Rodgers but I’m more interested in the bottom of the depth chart.
Juwan Winfree has stood out in camp but was injured for Thursday’s practice. Malik Taylor has left his mark on special teams, which let’s be honest, that’s where the Packers are gonna get their money’s worth out of this roster spot. Devin Funchess has gotten attention for… other reasons, while the rest of the group has been fairly up and down. Will anybody separate themselves from the pack tonight?
Who steps up tonight on the Packers’ offensive line?
The Green Bay Packers know what they have in Billy Turner and Elgton Jenkins. Josh Myers has looked comfortable making calls but he won’t be snapping to Aaron Rodgers tonight, so they might pull him early. There are questions surrounding the rest of the OLine room.
Yosh Nijman is the odd man out after the Green Bay Packers added Dennis Kelly and three rookies to the unit. It could be over before it ever really started for Jake Hanson, as well. These two will need to show up big tonight to stay in contention. However the roster shakes out, this group will form the heart of a strong practice team.
How will Jace Sternberger be used tonight?
He’s out for the first two games this season but the 2019 third-rounder has been a camp darling this year. We hoped Sternberger would perform the way Robert Tonyan did last year but that’s clearly not how things played out.
Sternberger put on weight this offseason and seems to be developing as a blocker. He may see some snaps tonight in that H-Back role, with Josiah Deguara still limited.
What will the defensive line look like?
Joe Barry has been willing to move his talented pass rushers up and down the LOS. He had Aaron Donald to work with. The Green Bay Packers don’t have an Aaron Donald but they do have Kenny Clark, who’s a talented interior pass rusher in his own right.
With the addition of TJ Slaton, Barry may be more willing to move Clark around some, providing him more one-one-one opportunities.
Will the Packers be forced to keep five edge rushers?
With Rashan Gary, Za’Darius Smith, and Preston Smith, the Green Bay Packers have a great trio of edge rushers. Jonathan Garvin is a young, promising talent as well that’s’ pretty likely to make the roster. Then there’s Tipa Galeai – a UDFA from the 2020 class that the Packers really like.
Galeai spent last season on the practice squad but has had a good camp. If he shows up tonight, he has a chance to force the Packers’ hand.
Can Kamal Martin get back in the mix?
He’s dropped to the third team behind Ty Summers and Oren Burks. The Packers have tried him at OLB recently, similar to what they did with a struggling Burks last season, but he hasn’t had much success yet.
We’ll see plenty of Martin tonight, probably at both positions. Martin is still likely to make the team but he needs to show up in a big way if he wants to see meaningful reps this season.
Will Kabian Ento prove that he belongs?
Ento had a great family night, however, he’s had his fair share of lows throughout camp. The Packers like Ento and he had a shot to make the roster last season before getting injured. He needs to prove that he can be trusted against some new colors.
Will anybody lock up the third safety role tonight?
With Will Redmond injured for most of camp, a young trio has emerged to potentially take his spot. Second-year players Henry Black and Vernon Scott both saw reps at various times last season. UDFA Innis Gaines has also made a name for himself the past couple of weeks.
We’ll get a solid look at these three tonight and I expect all of them to show up. The big question is, can anybody separate from the pack?