The Green Bay Packers lost an ugly game to the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday night, but among the ugliness and poor play, there were some bright spots on the Packers’ roster. This game saw the emergence of one of the Packers’ rookies, while a pair of playmakers on offense had solid games under difficult circumstances.
Here are three players who deserve recognition for good performances in the Packers’ 34-23 loss.
CB Kevin King
On a night that saw the Packers’ more veteran cornerbacks beaten early and often by the high-powered Falcons offense, there was a ray of sunshine in the gloomy secondary. That belonged to second-round draft pick Kevin King, who acquitted himself well against Julio Jones and company in his first extended regular season action.
Officially, King’s stat line showed three total tackles (two solo) and a pass breakup. However, a closer look at his coverage from Pro Football Focus shows that he did not allow a single reception on four passes into his coverage.
With his 6’3” frame and 4.41 speed, King is the one corner on the roster who has the size and speed to match up with a receiver like Jones. With Damarious Randall, Quinten Rollins, and Davon House struggling throughout the game, King played 46 snaps and gave Packers fans plenty of reason for optimism for his development moving forward.
WR Davante Adams
With Jordy Nelson leaving the game with a quad injury on the first offensive series and not returning, the Packers’ passing game had to shift its focus towards Adams on the boundary early on. He made that shift pay off, catching eight of ten targets for 99 yards and a highlight-reel touchdown on fourth and seven.
Adams was his usual exemplary self on slant routes, picking up multiple first downs on quick passes from Aaron Rodgers. However, it was that touchdown catch that everyone will remember, as Adams put a double-move on Robert Alford and laid out to haul in the football while narrowly staying in bounds — even tapping his foot on the pylon but keeping it in mid-air long enough to fall in the end zone. It was an excellent game for Adams, and is especially notable in light of Nelson’s injury.
RB Ty Montgomery
Although Montgomery did not get much action on the ground — he got just ten carries — he made his mark as a receiver out of the backfield as he caught six passes for 75 yards. Number 88 also scored two of the Packers’ three touchdowns, a one-yard run on the first series and a one-yard reception on a shovel pass that became Rodgers’ 300th career TD pass.
Ty did have an issue here and there in pass protection, but he also was alert in knowing when to disengage and make himself available to Aaron Rodgers for a check-down.
Montgomery moved the chains on five of his six receptions (including the touchdown) and totaled 110 yards from scrimmage on the day. This kind of performance (10-15 carries and 5-6 receptions with around 100 total yards) seems like the norm to expect from him moving forward.