After tomorrow night, the games start to count.
The Green Bay Packers are in final preparations for the preseason finale against the Kansas City Chiefs tomorrow and while fans are eager to get this one over with, this game has huge ramifications for the roster.
The Packers will need to make around 27 more cuts to get to the initial 53-man roster for the regular season and tomorrow’s contest will all but settle the roster battles still taking place. It also gives players like Jordan Love another chance to get precious reps before he is relegated to the bench behind Aaron Rodgers.
In the game of football, final impressions can go just as far or perhaps further than first impressions. A good game against Kansas City will show coaches how a player has grown and that could be enough to earn a roster spot.
For the Packers, the depth chart at running back will need to be settled with Kylin Hill officially out for the first four regular season games. Patrick Taylor and Tyler Goodson have both had good preseasons and this is the final chance for one of them to earn the third running back spot.
Defensively, the battle for the third safety position is going to be wide open after Vernon Scott was waived on an injury settlement. Micah Abernathy’s performance against the New Orleans Saints suddenly put him on the radar for a roster spot and an encore could seal the deal.
Players on the bubble can earn their jobs by performing on special teams and as we know, there’s nowhere to go but up for Green Bay in this regard.
There is a lot on the line tomorrow night.
The smart call. It also gives Love more development with additional in-game reps with the starting offensive line.
Tyler Davis, once hyped up as a secret weapon at tight end, will get one more chance to redeem himself though coaches remain solidly in his corner (publicly at least).
Rodgers hyping up Danny Etling on the broadcast as Etling broke his touchdown run is probably going to go down as the highlight of the preseason.
Rodgers’ leadership envelops the entire team, not just the offense. Devonte Wyatt would be wise to also look at Rashan Gary who was drafted higher and took time to emerge.
I owe Manti Te’o an apology, as do so many other people. The toll that incident took on him is sad and he was the victim in all this.