While many of you took in the first night of FBS college football, the rest of us watched the Green Bay Packers' fourth and final preseason game. With a few exceptions, the team wisely kept the starters out, allowing for extending looks at the players competing for the final spots on the 53-man roster and the practice squad.
Here are the players that boosted their stock the most during Thursday night's game against the New Orleans Saints:
Barring a series of injuries, Thursday marks the last time Brett Hundley receives any extended playing time during the 2015 season. For the second game in a row, the rookie quarterback performed well, completing nearly 70 percent of his passes for 236 yards and four touchdowns. Hundley can't take credit for every touchdown; around 65 yards of his 77-yard throw to Larry Pinkard came after the catch. Still, the UCLA product made mostly smart decisions and often looked like the best player on the field.
For a player criticized during the draft process for his pocket awareness, Hundley continues to look comfortable and poised in the face of pressure. On multiple occasions, Hundley sensed the pressure coming from his blindside and climbed the ladder to safety. No one should make lasting judgment from a preseason game or games, but Hundley's improvement from the time he showed up at rookie minicamp to Thursday suggests a promising future if he continues on his current trajectory.
Jeff Janis scored his weekly touchdown and Pinkard delivered a breakaway score, but the Packers' most consistent wideout Thursday was once again Myles White. He caught four of his five targets for 46 yards and two touchdowns, both coming on fourth down.
At this point, it seems like White is either going to start the 2015 on Green Bay's 53-man roster or on someone else's. He has done too much this preseason to simply pass through waivers. The Packers know this, the question is if they think the physically limited White has more to offer their team than, say, Jared Abbrederis.
The stat line for fourth-round pick Jake Ryan only shows two tackles, but the rookie linebacker consistently applied pressure on the quarterback and was in position to make plays if one of his teammates hadn't. His speed and athleticism clearly manifest in his play, and his instincts aren't too shabby either.
Once again, the Packers played Ryan at both outside and inside linebacker. So far, the rookie looks a little more comfortable when lined up in the former, but he should become better acclimated to the middle of Dom Capers' defense in time.