On Thursday, the Green Bay Packers kicked off their preseason with a 24-9 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. The final score matters little, however, as the coaches care far more about the game film they can devour over the next 24 hours. With nearly a full 90-man roster participating in the preseason opener, the team has plenty of good and bad performances to consider.
Last night, we covered the players who had the strongest performances. We continue with those that had the roughest outings in the stock down report.
If Clay Matthews had managed to wrap up on an otherwise sure sack of Carson Wentz, Kevin King's poor pass coverage probably goes unnoticed. Instead, the rookie cornerback lost track of his assignment -- fellow rookie Mack Hollins -- resulting in a catch with room to run. Hollis ended up taking it all the way, breaking a King tackle in the process. King gave up another long completion, allowing Bryce Treggs to get behind him for a 38-yard gain. A lot can change for a player as physically talented as King in a short amount of time. Right now, however, it feels difficult to envision King starting at corner when the Packers kick off the regular season on Sept. 10.
Ty Montgomery didn't look as decisive or quick on his runs Thursday as he had during the second half of the 2016 season. Further confounding matters, he fumbled in the open field. The Packers' coaching staff expressed concerns with his pass protection during training camp. If ball security also becomes an issue, the door could open for another running back to steal the top job.
The Packers knew they drafted a long-term project when they selected Jason Spriggs a year ago. The Indiana offensive tackle possessed all the athleticism in the world, but he lacked strength and required considerable work on his blocking technique. While he looks bigger than he did as a rookie, those problems remain evident in his play. Spriggs gave up multiple pressures during his stint at left tackle Thursday, including a sack of Brett Hundley. That kind of performance looks bad in any context, but it reflects more poorly of Spriggs when it comes against backups.