A former coaching colleague of mine would end every week of practice by announcing (in a very pronounced southern Indiana drawl) “Well boys, the hay’s in the barn” to our seventh grade football team.
The general disinterest 12- and 13-year old boys have in anything an adult has to say made the metaphor fall a bit flat, but his point rang true: we’ve done the work and it’s time to take stock of whether that work was worth anything.
For the 90 players trying to make the Packers’ roster, the hay is in the barn. Training camp is over. The four preseason games are history. Everything each of them could do to make an impression is done, and now the only thing they can do is wait for the cuts to come in and hope that work is enough.
We’ll soon find out.
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If you were hoping for home run performances from DeShone Kizer and Tim Boyle to solidify the decision to move on from Brett Hundley, you didn’t get it Thursday night. While both had their moments, Kizer and Boyle were uneven throughout, leaving the Packers with more potential than productivity behind Aaron Rodgers.
Davis was praised at length by head coach Mike McCarthy this week, but that praise didn’t materialize into a big performance on Thursday. While his speed has always been electrifying, his on-field performance has left something to be desired. It’ll be interesting to see which way Brian Gutekunst goes with his receiver group.
Less than 10 months after tearing his ACL, Bulaga has cleared his final hurdle, getting a cameo appearance in the final preseason game. His brief stint caps a remarkable comeback and gives the Packers a dependable option on the right side of an offensive line whose performance this preseason has been anything but stellar.
Beyond Clay Matthews and Nick Perry, the Packers have no proven options at outside linebacker. Reggie Gilbert’s rise has been impressive, but with Kyler Fackrell and Vince Biegel making up the rest of the top OLB backups, there’s just not much there. Zach Kruse argues the Packers should look outside the organization for more help.
Facing his first cutdown weekend, Gutekunst’s roster-building philosophy will be on full display. Who will he cut? Who will he keep? Will he look for new options from around the league? The answers to these questions may teach us quite a bit about how Gutekunst will handle the GM job going forward.