Other than the news that they've finally signed their 1st round pick, DE Aaron Maybin, and WR Terrell Owens has a reality TV show that I'm avoiding, I have no idea what's going on this preseason for the Buffalo Bills. This preview is all about what to watch for the Green Bay Packers.
- C Scott Wells and RT Allen Barbre. Buffalo's defensive line is good, 7th against the run although only 28th against the pass, according to Football Outsiders. Wells might have a challenge if he has to go against former Pro Bowl DT Marcus Stroud. These two are the likely starters at their respective position, but they have to prove it during the preseason games.
- WR James Jones and WR Jordy Nelson. For what it's worth, Jones seems to have made more noise in training camp. He also had 3 catches in the first preseason game. Nelson has been very quiet this preseason. I put Nelson ahead at the start of the preseason for the No. 3 WR spot, but Jones is probably ahead at this point.
- DT B.J. Raji. He should play, so we'll finally get to see him in action.
- LB A.J. Hawk. We've been discussing the bust label this week, and Greg Bedard's been looking at the salary cap implications to cut or trade him. Will he still be the starting middle LB in this game, or will he make way for LB Desmond Bishop?
- LB Brady Poppinga. I love his hustle, but he often seems a step behind each play. The first preseason game was no different. But LB Clay Matthews and LB Jeremy Thompson won't play, so Poppinga should start and get another chance.
- How awful will the backup QBs play? It took QB Aaron Rodgers two full seasons to get used to the offense. He was bad whenever he got a chance to play in 2005 and 2006. So that's the timeline for QB Brian Brohm and QB Matt Flynn. If they look bad next preseason, then you'll know. But right now, there still learning. Obviously that doesn't help if either is needed this season. Which is probably why some in the Packers' front office wanted them to sign QB Michael Vick.