The Green Bay Packers’ coaches and veterans have made it clear that they are not excited about playing in a fifth preseason game this year. The veterans were hardly thrilled about another week of training camp and another meaningless contest, with some of them taking to Twitter to voice their frustrations.
Of course, from development and player evaluation perspectives, this is a nice opportunity for the Packers to see what they have with some of their young players. That’s another sixty minutes of live football that Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy can use to evaluate the bottom of the roster.
With that in mind, it would be no surprise if the Packers did not play any of their veteran starters in Sunday’s game. However, their opponent is not going to bench all of their starters this weekend in Canton, according to their head coach:
Colts coach Chuck Pagano said everybody, including Andrew Luck will play in Sunday's... https://t.co/sNGKWTaQdk pic.twitter.com/sEmqHqU8x9— Mike Wells (@MikeWellsNFL) August 1, 2016
That should read “in Sunday’s preseason game against Green Bay,” for the record.
Personally, I would be surprised if we see Aaron Rodgers, Josh Sitton, or Julius Peppers take a single snap this weekend. With those players having nothing to prove and plenty of young players on the 90-man roster looking to demonstrate that they belong on a regular-season roster, the coaching staff should and likely will give playing time to the youngsters instead of to long-tenured Packers.