The Green Bay Packers' third preseason game is now in the books, and so we have our next batch of player evaluations. For the second time in as many weeks, the news is dominated by an injury to a major player, this time to star wideout Randall Cobb. While it does not appear as though the receiver will miss much time, we will henceforth keep this a Cobb-free zone.
Here are the players that boosted their stock the most during Saturday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles:
Rarely do No. 3 quarterbacks play the entire first half of the third preseason game, but that's precisely what Brett Hundley did with Aaron Rodgers and Scott Tolzien sitting out. Hundley completed 22 of his 31 passes for 315 yards and two touchdowns, but the numbers tell only part of the story. Hundley showed the confidence to attempt difficult throws and keep his composure under heavy pressure from the Philly defense. The Green Bay offense hasn't looked this strong under Hundley at any point previously, a testament to Mike McCarthy and the offensive staff's ability to develop young signal callers.
Hundley certainly didn't make it through the game without some rookie mistakes. He threw an ill-advised pass that Eagles safety Walter Thurmond picked off and ran back for a score. He also put unnecessary pressure on his offensive line by extended some plays when a throw away was in order. Still, for a player that looked like he needed a "redshirt" season only a few weeks ago, Hundley gave an impressive performance, effectively ending any discussion of whether the Packers might try to sneak him onto the practice squad.
Ty Montgomery, Myles White and Jeff Janis
The Packers got an extended look at their receiver depth Saturday once all the starters left the game. At this point, it's fair to wonder whether some accommodation is forthcoming in order to retain six wideouts on the 53-man roster.
Ty Montgomery, Myles White and Jeff Janis each flashed big play ability Saturday, with Montgomery in particular doing some of his damage against the Eagles No. 1 defense. The Packers need be careful not to overwork the rookie, as he could enter Week 1 as a starter on offense as well as the top returner on both kickoffs and punts. Still, Ted Thompson appears to have landed another quality pass catcher on Day 2 of the draft, a valuable asset for a Green Bay offense down one of their best players.
As for White and Janis, both have taken significant strides since this time last year. Though White will never intimidate opponents with his stature, his added muscle has paid dividends on the field, as his nine catches and 89 yards attest. Janis' route tree hasn't grown much based on how the Packers have used him this preseason, but he continues to make defenders look silly on drags, posts and fly-routes.
The race for the No. 3 running back job appears over barring a late injury. Rajion Neal had himself a night, averaging 5.8 yards per carry as well as flashing his utility as a receiver on his 36-yard touchdown reception. While the Packers have exploited Eddie Lacy as a pass catcher, an argument can be made for Neal as the team's best receiver out of the backfield.
But Neal also demonstrated his special teams acumen on a 36-yard return (the play was called back by a holding call away from the play). Alonzo Harris and John Crockett each bring something to the table, but probably not enough to displace Neal this late in the process.