Hey, the Green Bay Packers Showed Up In Week Two of the Preseason

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Green Bay Packers Johnny Jolly in preseason game 2

Green Bay Packers Johnny Jolly in preseason game 2

A week after getting shut out by the Arizona Cardinals in their preseason opener, the Green Bay Packers actually showed up and dispatched the St. Louis Rams by a score of 19-7.

The Packers first team offense and defense played into the second quarter and left with a 6-0 lead. That second-quarter lead could have been 9-0 if Giorgio Tavecchio had made his first field goal attempt.

Tavecchio didn’t do himself any favors in the kicking competition with Mason Crosby by missing that kick, after looking like the favorite through the first few weeks of camp. Crosby was 3-for-3 on the night, while Tavecchio was 1-for-2.

But on to more important things.

Aaron Rodgers was Aaron Rodgers — 10-for-12 for 134 yards, but he didn’t throw a touchdown for the second straight game.

Eddie Lacy — as advertised. Lacy had 8 carries for 40 yards in his first action with the Packers and it looks like his only competition for the starting job will be DuJuan Harris.

Jermichael Finley, everyone’s favorite tight end, was also impressive with four catches for 78 yards. Jarrett Boykin, who started alongside James Jones, didn’t hurt his chances of earning a bigger role on offense either, with two catches for 33 yards. One of those was an impressive 26-yard catch and run.

Even after last week’s turd of a performance, Graham Harrell was still the No. 2 quarterback. He went 5-for-10 for 44 yards, demonstrating his usual dink and dunk precision.

Johnathan Franklin was the No. 2 back and Alex Green was the No. 3. Neither were impressive. Both guys averaged an identical 3 yards per carry. James Starks was the fourth back a week after being the starter and ran three times for four yards.

Meanwhile, on the offensive line, Don Barclay and Marshall Newhouse alternated at right tackle, with Barclay starting.

DuJuan Harris, Randall Cobb, Casey Hayward and Tramon Williams were the notables not playing.

So, let’s talk about the guys fighting for a roster spot and playing time. Here’s who stood out.

Micah Hyde started at corner with Sam Shields and gave up a 57-yard reception to Chris Givens that put the Rams inside the Packers 10 in the first quarter, but they didn’t score after Sam Bradford mishandled the snap on 4th-and-goal. Although Hyde gave up the big play, he also had two tackles for loss, including a sack, and followed Jeremy Ross on punt returns, returning one for 13 yards in the second quarter. Hyde looks like a guy who’ll have a role when the season starts and just might be a find as a fifth-round pick.

Andy Mulumba continues to be a guy to keep an eye on. The undrafted free agent had three tackles and two for a loss, including a sack.

Jarrett Bush continues to be a special teams demon. We all know the Packers are loaded at corner, but how do you cut this guy?

Inside linebacker Robert Francois looks like the real deal. He had two tackles — both for loss. Francois just might be a future starter.

Johnny Jolly. Johnny Fuckin’ Jolly! Johnny Jolly looks like he’s back. After a three-year layoff for stupidity, Jolly looks like he has his legs back. He had a tipped pass in the third quarter — which is what he used to be known for — that led to a Jarrett Bush interception. Jolly added two tackles and picked a pass late in the third when the Rams were at the Green Bay 5. That came on a deflection by cornerback Loyce Means, a street free agent, who also maybe has a future.

Where the hell does Big Ted find these guys?

One of the things that remains interesting to us is the backup quarterback situation. You know what we think about Graham Harrell. Vince Young was the third quarterback and came in early in the third. He went 5-for-9 for 26 yards and ran once for seven yards.

Frankly, we’d like to see Young work with the No. 1 offense and see what he can do.

B.J. Coleman has fallen far. After getting second-team reps during Family Night, and performing terribly, he’s been the fourth guy the last two weeks. That being said, he made the most of his opportunity this week, going 8-of-13 for 86 yards and throwing the Packers only touchdown — to Jake Stoneburner.

Coleman’s problem has been making stupid decisions. He didn’t look like that guy on Saturday night.

And with that, two down, two to go.

About The Author

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.

49 Comments on "Hey, the Green Bay Packers Showed Up In Week Two of the Preseason"

  1. just a fan

    Agreed with you bring in VY 10 or 12 days ago.
    And he got learn the system and play with bottom of barrel players with a number 1reciver
    that ball caught in the end zone.

  2. Ivomitonvikingfans

    Micah Hyde has safety written all over him. That dude is slow. Nice hitter and seems to know what to do but is just going to get smoked by anyone with speed.
    The lack of redzone production is getting a little concerning. If they don’t score from 30 plus get ready for the Crosby Carnival Kicking Show.
    I am watching Seattle skull fuck Denver. There will be a lot of Bronco wives and girlfriends walking funny tomorrow. Will be interesting to see Friday goes.

  3. Cheese

    It makes me wonder how good Jolly would have been if he never left and played the three years he was gone?

    • Phatgzus

      So good the Packers may have been running a 4-3 base in ’10 (a scheme in which I think Raji could be dominant), amd im only half joking. So good we’d be saying Cullen who? Hopefully Jones or a Jones-Neal combo can be that dominant.

  4. Deepsky

    Jolly was awesome, making a couple huge plays. The fact that this guy makes game changing plays means the Packers must keep him.

  5. Jolly makes the team – unless he gets hurt, there’s no way that TT is going to cut hi, which means they are going to have to carry an extra guy at that position. Muluma looks like a keeper. I hope that Hyde turns out to have been a steal in the 5th, but I agree with the comment about him being more of an S than a CB due to his speed (or lack thereof). We have a bunch of young guys at TE that look like they have potential, so I suspect that Williams is done – he had his chance, and he didn’t do enough with it. I would really like to see Perry be more of a force, but that may come with a bit more game experience. Lacy looks like he could be a monster – Franklin, I’m not so sure because he seems to play “small”, if that makes sense. I like Boykin – he seems tough, and willing to take a hit. Overall I think we have a great squad going in to this year, and the only real weakness (as we are all aware) is that there is no real back-up for #12….

    • TyKo Steamboat

      Smart comments up here. I agree with everything.

      Good takes on Jolly & Hyde.

      Personally, i though Jolly would just be a practice squad guy. I can’t believe what i saw.

      Still not sure about our MLB depth still.

    • Phatgzus

      Hyde definitely seems to fit the play style and size to be a safety, Jennings and McMillain would be wise to watch their backs; I could also see him as a Nickel corner (hayward’s not the Incredible Flash himself), though he probably won’t be covering any burners.
      Mulumba definitely is flashing some skill, he and the Jolly green giant rancher might make Pickett, Wilson, or even The Maharaji Meal expendable.
      I think Williams and his teddy may be catching the next plane out of here as well, considering we have 7 TEs and at least 2 of them can run routes and catch better than he, and probably all of them are better blockers.
      It would be nice to see Perry dismantling people, but I’m not expecting it yet, he was just beginning to acclimatize to the game speed and duties of his new position when he got injured last year; around the halfway point of the season I think/hope he’ll start busting some skulls.
      Lacy seems to be as advertised, that is to say a facsimile of Trent Richardson: Steven Jackson 2.0-a sadistic bruiser who can catch the ball, but also has a dash of elusiveness (sugar, spice, everything nice, and a Mack truckload of Chemical X).
      Ive like Boykin since the last few games last season and he’s making me like him even more. I think he could become a fantastic possession receiver, maybe the next Donald “Quickie” Driver (gazing wide-eyed at the stars, I know, but hey, what can I say, I’m a Rocket Man, hopefully I won’t become a Major Tom).
      Between White and Walker, Dorsey and/or Johnson may be lucky to even make the PS.
      Bakhtiari, solid game, even with the sack (it did ce from a talented pass rusher), great experience; I did notice Lacy’s best runs were to the right side, it’ll be interesting how he holds up in run blocking as well as keeping A-Rodge alive and bipedal.
      BJ Coleman and Mason Crosby: respectively, there is hope
      for you yet and congratulations, you haven’t lost your job, yet, but let’s see you perform on grass, outdoors, with wind, the elements, and whatnot, and even then I still want Dan
      Carpenter to be signed.
      Giorgio Tavecchio, your window of opportunity is shrinking, it’s about your size now, that is to say Munchkinish; shortly it’ll be the size of one in a Lewis Carroll magic mushroom fun

      • Phatgzus

        Geez, scratch the Mulamba preempting Raji, Pickett, or Wilson guff, didn’t realize hes an OLB, that’s deserving of a “Jane, you ignorant slut”; oh well, it’s always good to have more depth at the sackmaker position. I do, however, stand by the belief that if Jolly manages to consistently perform at or near this level he will make one of the above expendable, my vote’s for Wilson, but it may well be Pickett; hopefully not, he’s seriously underrated, maybe even more important than Jenkins was.

        • Abe Frohman

          Jane, you miserably ignorant slut….. as requested.

          Agree with all your comments. Would love to see Jolly make the roster. If someone has to go, to me that guy is Wilson.

    • Phatgzus

      Oh, and Graham Cracker (in every sense of the word) Harrell, youve just convinced Tim Rattay that he can make a successful comeback to the NFL, seriously, if John Skelton witnesses your last few performances, his only reaction would be to shake his head in disbelieving pity.

  6. TyKo Steamboat

    Ed Lacy looks like the real deal. I saw a sweet spin move in the open field on 2 separate plays & 1 play where he bulled-over 6 Rams before going down. I am finally excited about having a Brandon Jacobs/Trent Richardson type of back. A hammer. It also helped Rodgers later in the 1st half with some sweet play-action.

    Finley looks good. Better than last year. He looks strong & he ran smooth routes. Hate all you want. I want to be the 1st on here to say i believe he will have a great year. (Like 75 catches, 14 TD’s type year) He has kept his mouth shut too lately. Loven it.

    • Phatgzus

      Lacy-that dude can romp.
      Finley-definitely looked good, mountain morning crisp routes and he actually caught the ball; he still seems to be shying away from contact a bit though, on one of his big plays I thought he could have lowered his shoulder into the safety and gained a few extra yards, I may be wrong, but as long as he continues to get open and catch the ball I’m not too concerned.

    • PF4L

      Well, as far as Finley goes, you can probably love it for 1 season. If he doesn’t perform, he’s gone,(unless he takes a pay cut). If he “finally” performs, he’ll want the world. 14 td’s in one season seems like a lofty wish, considering he has 17tds in 5 seasons.

      • TyKo Steamboat

        Ok PF4L…14 TD’s is prolly just wishful. Maybe more like 11. But 75 catches is very doable.

        5 catches per game x 16 games would be 80.
        So 75-85 seems about right to me (assuming he stays healthy).

  7. Kyle

    Eddie Lacy looked like a beast against the Rams. He even made the debut of his famous spin move. There is no doubt that he will be the starter unless DuJuan Harris really makes an impression when he comes back. Something tells me Starks and Green are nothing more than trade stock at this point. And Jonathan Franklin has potential but he needs a lot of work.

    • Phatgzus

      I think he and Dujuan may share a somewhat equal amount of work, it definitely seems they would make a devastating combo, Lacy with a ton of power and a bit of elusiveness and Harris with a good deal of speed and elusiveness and a dollop of power.

  8. FITZCORE1252

    Lacy. His presence alone froze the Rams on Finley’s 37 yarder, I watched it a couple times… Play action could be redic this year.

    As for the lack of TD’s by the starters, not worried a bit… For several different reasons.

    Like I’ve been saying, JJ will make the 53, he may have cemented it tonight.

    Bakhtiari had a nice game, the sack is a good thing for him to experience… Knock him down a peg.

    Run D was all around stellar, hope to see that carry over to week one.


  9. Phatgzus

    1) According to the Toll Taker Jolly has made the 53-man roster.

    2) The Rams couldn’t cover TEs even if they were John Madden and Mike Ditka in all their geriatric glory.

    3) I. Pead has to be one of the better abbreviated names in sports, what a pity that he and Mr. Freely got divorced.

    • Phatgzus

      4) Ross seems to have the return job locked up, or damn near, he almost broke another long return again and on that play took a big hit without fumbling.

  10. Deepsky

    Having a runner like Lacy will greatly improve the Packers against the 49ers. Last year, all the games the 49ers lost or tied were when they gave up at least 100 yards rushing. That’s why teams like the Rams and Vikings beat them. On the flip side, the 49ers won every game where they didn’t give up 100 yards rushing.

  11. PF4L

    Exactly…Except for starters, pre-season games are nothing more than auditions. You can’t put too much stock in beating 3rd stringers and some players who wont make it in the NFL. With that said, I loved Coleman’s roll-out bullet to Stoneburner, I had to check twice to make sure it wasn’t #12 throwing that dart. NICE. Good to see Jolly making plays. Would have been nice if Jolly was motivated to have lost about 30 lbs to make his comeback. Look at the pic above…..Can’t the Packers equipment guy find some pants that can fit that beast?…lol

    • the real russ letlow

      yea, and his shirt is always un-tucked, and looks a little tight too…….maybe he is one of those guys you just can’t get a good fit on. He does have an odd shape to him……….

  12. TyKo Steamboat

    Watching the replay, my focus was all on the lines.

    Bahktiari played pretty decent. Good foot work. I also liked how T.J. Lang was forcing guys down the field & he is actually pretty fast for an O-Lineman.

    One more thing…One of Crosby’s FGs made was a partial block. For the big leg power this guy has, it’s enough he pushes everything to the left…he kicks the lowest line-drives in the NFL. I’m sick of this crap. Just get Dan Carpenter already & end this garbage.
    There was an obvious kicking competition last night & it looks as though the head case is gonna be our guy again.

  13. GBslacker

    Saw the Packers D trying to tackle a guy’s shoulder pads, or throwing a shoulder into an opponent…
    …these guy’s just can’t wrap up to save their lives.

    I just don’t know about Harrell…
    …every close-up looks like his feathered, vibrating underwear is turned to “high”

    • Phatgzus

      The D-linemen are all solid tacklers (as 320-lb men should be), all the starting LBs (including Neal and even Hawk) are solid-great tacklers, Burnett is a solid tackler, as is Heyward, however, the rest of the defensive backfield does appear to be quite inept at making squared-up, head-on-head solo tackles.

      • Phatgzus

        Jolly looks like a lumpy pear ad Raji looks like a Granny Smith apple, together they are some sort of fruit bowl of doom.

      • PF4L

        I don’t know if i’d call BJ Raji a solid tackler. He had 16 solo tackles last season, 16 tackles, 0 forced fumbles, 0 sacks………………..2010 stats = 29 solo tackles, 6.5 sacks, 0 forced fumbles, 0 sacks. Contract extension?….I don’t think so. He made 5.4 million last season…Not sure his agent wanted to knock on TT’s door asking for a raise.

        • Phatgzus

          I didn’t say word one about a contract extension, in point if fact I even suggested that if Jolly can somewhat consistently play like he has in the past 2 games, Raji, Pickett, or Wilson would be expendable. I would lIke to see them keep Raji and Pick and perhaps switch their positions, I think Raji’s bettered suited to play outside than inside where he gets double teamed nearly every play, he just seems to be better at pass rushing than occupying blocks, which is the main job of a 3-4 tackle, not making tackles, but freeing up LBs. Yes, he didn’t have any sacks last year but I can remember almost a dozen plays off the top of my head where he was in the backfield or collapsing the pocket when the QB was sacked or getting rid of the ball. As for tackles, admittedly they are low, but I don’t attribute that to poor tackling skills so much as limited playing time (to keep him fresh) and an inability to hold his lane vs. double teams. He’s no Haloti Ngata and I’ve never contended he was, in fact I’ve expounded on that point before. He’s an above average to good NT but I truly believe he would be a very formidable gap disrupter in a 4-3 scheme.

  14. Skinny

    Sir Edwin Lacy will be crowned the new king of Packer monarchs, coronation festivities will begin September thee 8th at 3:25 in thee afternoon.

  15. Rich

    Harrell’s usual “dink and dunk” performance? Why don’t you grow up and get a real job. All that “dink and dunk” BS cliche commentinting on tech proud cuts is 5 years old. Do some real analysis that talks about real performance including dropped balls. You’re a pathetic writer and really need to find something else to do.

  16. Iltarion

    Haha… Great fun watching Eddie Lacy spin past and rumble through defenders.

    Liked what I saw from Franklin as well. Nice burst and some shiftiness. He and Lacy are the future, and the future is now.

    Micah Hyde might be a bigger steal than Lacy. A 5th round pick? He looks ready to play right now. He was making plays all over the field. Yeah, he got burned by one of the fastest WRs in football and a perfect pass. It happens. One series later he knocked down a pass intended for speedster Tavon Austin. Great play.

    Nate Palmer was also making plays. And Robert Francois, you just made the team, again.

    Tougher test for Bakhtiari this week, and next. Good experience.

    Harrell’s five incompletions included 4 drops, including Tyrone Walker twice on 3rd down, and a perfect 25 yard pass to DJ Williams that he also dropped. At times it seems like Harrell is cursed.

    Walker nearly dropped his way right of the team, and DJ Williams probably did.

    • Phatgzus

      Lacy may be the most physical Packer back mine peepers have ever witnessed.
      Call me Francois did indeed look good, then again he never has looked bad as far as I can recollect.
      Harrel was alright, had a nice pass into triple coverage for a first down but also overthrew Franklin on a screen pass when there was no pressure and the Governor had a convoy of 3 linemen ready to lay waste to some LBs. He also threw a pass behind Walker and at his knees which Walker dropped (not his falt). In fairness Walker should have had that sideline pass, though he wouldn’t have reached the 1st down marker. Harrell does seem to have at least 3 dropped passes each outing, though that tends to happen when you play with rookie or 2nd-year backups and DJ “2 left feet for hands” Williams. He needs to seriously consider renouncing the Church of the YOTTO if he wants to stay on the team especially when there’s 6 others at his position who can either catch or block better (or both) than he can (here’s lookin’ at you Stoneburner, awesome name btw).
      As for Walker, I think he’ll make the roster or at least the PS if he gets beat out by that one feller White. Based on McCarthy’s and Jones’ comments after the AZ game they’re impressed with his skill set, he was getting open vs. The Rams, just had a drop or 2, and even Cobb drops passes, he’ll Brandon Marshall Was top 5 in that stat 2 years ago.
      Hyde definitely seems like the real deal doesn’t he, shut down the burner Austin for 28 yards on 4 catches, including a goalline stop (he did slip and get beat on what should have been an easy TD), had 2 tackles for a loss including a sack on the Dom Capers Special, but in the words of the ever mortal Flow Rida, he needs to get low, low, low, low when he tackles. That long pass wasn’t entirely his fault, McMillain said he blew his over-the-top coverage on the play.
      Nice to see the D consistently get pressure with only 3-5 men rushes and completely dominate the line of scrimmage for almost the entire game. Johnny Jolly, welcome back.

  17. FITZCORE1252

    “Jolly looks like a lumpy pear ad Raji looks like a Granny Smith apple, together they are some sort of fruit bowl of doom.”

    The seahacks have the legion of boom, we have the fruitbowl of doom… I like it!

    But dude, c’mon man… I’m not the grammar cops here, but you need to spell one of our best young defenders name right… “Hayward”.

    • Phatgzus

      Yup, fucked that one up good; threw down an “ad” instead of “and” and called Mulumba a DT as well, must be starting to lose it, this space dementia’s a bitch.

  18. Abe Frohman

    I’m not sure what to make of Hyde. He’s got the size of a safety. Is physical. Yet we talk about his lack of speed for a corner. So, was I the only one that was surprised that even though he got beat on that long pass to Givens the he still made the tackle? That play showed great make up speed.

    Given our depth at CB, I would rather see him at safety.

  19. Abe Frohman

    Don’t know much about Rian Lindell, but he kicked in Buffalo at 83% for the last 10 years. Pick up the phone, Ted. Giorgio and Crossbar don’t inspire much confidence.

    • Phatgzus

      Lindell or Carpenter, either or, though I think Carpenter has a better leg, Lindell would be cheaper.

  20. I say cut Harrell…cut Young because he is GOING to have a meltdown at some point which might take the team with him…put added pressure on B.J. to step it up… pick up Aaron’s brother …anything..but I hope we get rid of Young.

  21. Tucson Packer

    Um, nobody commented on Jolly’s spin move after his INT? Lord almighty I about set off fireworks.

    Micah= Give him some time people! I saw some awesome potential and solid execution.

    Bahktiari also needs some time to grow into his new shoes. I don’t care how good you are at your job, always takes awhile to get comfortable in a new office. Especially with, to David, a new boss and new co-workers.

    Eddie Lacy…. Eddie Lacy….EDDIE LACY!!!

    Mulumba, One of the most exciting prospects if only just for the name since maybe Frank Zombo. Obviously Mulumba has some serious talent so that doesn’t hurt ither.

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