Saturday's preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles was a mess for two of the Green Bay Packers' three units, but there was plenty of reasons to be encouraged about the reserves on offense. With a nice performance from Brett Hundley and three young wideouts starting to step up, the coaching staff and fans should be feeling a bit better about the offense sans Jordy Nelson than they did 48 hours ago.
Now the challenge is to sustain that good play over the short week ahead, as the team has one open practice (today) and one closed practice (Wednesday) before the final preseason game on Thursday against the New Orleans Saints.
Here are your daily links for this fine Monday.
Rajion Neal gains some separation in RB competition | Packers.com
Neal won't say that he's confident that he has won the job, but his ability to catch passes out of the backfield is far better than that shown by Alonzo Harris or John Crockett.
Packers' Casey Hayward fails to impress at cornerback | JSOnline
Bob McGinn is back, this time skewering Hayward for his ordinary play so far in training camp. The words "blah," "ordinary," and "tends to play small."
Injuries 'emotionally tolling' as they pile up | Packersnews.com
Though the Packers' missed practice numbers are up from last year, they're still loads better than they were in 2013. Still, it's the high-profile players who have been injured this season that are concerning more than anything.
Green Bay Packers protected Davante Adams after Randall Cobb's injury | ESPN.com
Did you notice that Adams didn't play another snap after Cobb got hurt? Instead, Myles White got the most snaps of any receiver with 65, and Jeff Janis was second with 45.
Myles from Tomorrowland | ESPN Wisconsin
In those 65 snaps, White arguably helped himself out more on Saturday night than anyone else.
Chips Report from Packers 39-26 preseason loss vs. Eagles | 247sports.com
If you missed Saturday's game, the cow chips pretty much tell the story - the Packers committed eight penalties on special teams, which made that unit as frustrating as the starting defense.
Adorable 10-year-old interviewer isn't afraid to ask the NFL tough questions, melt hearts - SBNation.com
Enough with the small talk. Isabella wants to talk about 3-4 defenses!