The Green Bay Packers are set to take on the St. Louis Rams on the road for their second preseason game Saturday afternoon (3p.m. CDT). Unlike last week, tomorrow's game is under a dome (!) and weather conditions will not be a problem. As you prepare for it, we highlight five players you should keep an eye on during Saturday's showdown.
Mike McCarthy said Sherrod's last outing against the Tennessee Titans a week ago "might be the best he's played since he's been here." He in fact did perform well, but to be fair, it was against a Titans defense that is transitioning from the 4-3 to a 3-4. This week he could potentially line up against the Rams' stout first-team line that could pose a serious problem with Robert Quinn and Chris Long firing off the edge. Regardless, his progress will be watched with heavy eyes since he's the first backup for the Packers at both the tackle and guard position.
Adams flopped in his NFL debut after dropping two punts on special teams (one of them leading to a Shonn Greene 13-yard rushing touchdown right afterwards). Unlike last week, the team will be inside and won't have to worry about possible horrid field conditions. We'll see if McCarthy gives Adams another shot fielding punts again - which I think is likely - but he has to make up ground after last week's performance.
Against the Titans Pennel saw 23 snaps in relief of B.J. Raji and took over for him at nose tackle. He's been making his mark among the undrafted free agent rookies and had a solid game being credited with a solo stop and a few tackles. The coaching staff likes what they see from the Colorado State-Pueblo product in the wing behind Raji, and he'll be a player to keep an eye on once the second unit comes out Saturday.
He only had one reception last week, but boy did it remind a lot of people of the talent Bostick has that resembles Jermichael Finley. The trio of tight ends in the Packers' offense continues to each make their own individual impressions every so often, and I think Bostick is generating the most positive buzz so far within the offense. I don't think we can put a finger on who the favorite is right now to land the starting job, but he might be in the lead. Let's see if he can keep up his pace.
Janis was in uniform against Tennessee, but didn't play a single snap (that really wasn't a shock). After a good week of practice, he's likely to see his first reps on an NFL field in St. Louis. The battle for the No.5 wide receiver spot will be one of the main things to watch as we approach the final two weeks of camp. Chris Harper performed well last week, but his inconsistency showed. Myles White, Kevin Dorsey and Alex Gillett are in the mix with Janis, and he has a chance against St. Louis to finally make his mark on the team in game action.
Some other players of note who could be fun to look for are Carl Bradford (only 8 snaps last week, where has he been?), more of Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Sam Barrington and LaDarius Perkins. On the Rams' side, some players to be excited about is running back Tre Mason, and defensive back Lamarcus Joyner.
Who else are you going to be watching tomorrow against the Rams? Stay with us here on APC during and after the game for all updates and information.