The Green Bay Packers got some encouraging news on Sunday coming out of their preseason opener against the Houston Texans on Saturday. While quarterback Jordan Love’s day ended early after getting “dinged” a bit on a hit late in the first half, his shoulder evidently suffered no lasting damage.
That’s good news for a young player who needs all the training camp and preseason reps he can get. In his first game action, Love looked inconsistent, with one exceptional drive and a handful of duds in two quarters of action. The challenge for a young player like Love is of course to become more consistent and string together more series like the touchdown drive he led in the second quarter, and the best way to do it is with more reps. Unfortunately, this week might be a bit of a setback for him, which could mean a lot of Kurt Benkert on Saturday.
While we look back at Love’s game, we’ll also look back at other players who did or didn’t impress in their first game action of the summer. A pair of much-maligned 2018 draft picks show up in this analysis, one on the positive side and one on the negative. It’s do-or-die time for these two and many more on the Packers’ roster, which will be trimmed down from 90 to 85 players on Tuesday in the first stage of cuts.
Keep it here at APC for more analysis and news throughout the week as we move forward towards the second preseason game on Saturday.
MRI clean on Jordan Love's shoulder, but Green Bay Packers QB might be sidelined this week | ESPN
It was good news on Sunday that Love's shoulder did not suffer any structural damage. However, the Packers' medical staff may still keep him out of practice this week -- the team has joint practices against the Jets scheduled -- and then Saturday's preseason game.
Oren Burks gets off to fast start in Packers’ preseason opener | Packers.com
On the positive side, Oren Burks made a series of splash plays from the inside linebacker spot early on in Saturday's game. Moving more quickly and decisively was a focus for him this offseason, and he impressed (and stayed healthy) on Saturday.
Packers stock watch: WR Devin Funchess among the risers, CB Josh Jackson among fallers after preseason opener – The Athletic (subscription)
Funchess joined Burks and Kabion Ento as positives, while Jackson looks like he could be headed out of town via trade or the waiver wire.
FMIA: Aaron Rodgers Takes Zen Approach at Packers Training Camp - NBC Sports
Peter King headed to Packers camp last week and discusses his impressions of Rodgers' mindset, though there's one big quote here: "Last year at this time, I was looking at the season as my last year in Green Bay."
Packers GM shoots down idea of bringing back Clay Matthews | Packers Wire
Instead, Rodgers is back and he got the team to get Randall Cobb to rejoin him. But don't expect Matthews returning after spending last year out of football.
2021 NFL preseason, Week 1: What we learned from Saturday's games | NFL.com
Here's a good rundown of the ten games that took place on Saturday.
Billy Crystal Got Too Stoned During MRI, Asked Doctor for Taco Bell | Insider.com
I don't need to be stoned to want Taco Bell after sitting in an MRI machine for a half hour, so why is that part of this story even relevant?