Green Bay Packers Preseason Game One Standouts

Jordan Love and Romeo Doubs look to strengthen their connection in the Green Bay Packers’ first preseason game.

The Green Bay Packers started their quest for the franchise’s elusive fifth Lombardi Trophy last night with a 21-28 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. The Packers season was ended by San Fran last year after a series of horrific special teams blunders and an inability to move the ball on offense in the NFC Divisional Playoff Round. But that was the past, and now fans look to the future and promise that the preseason provides. Most of the Packers biggest names sat out of the opening preseason contest, as is traditional under head coach Matt LaFleur. This provided an opportunity for a number of young players who are looking to make the team and help contribute. If you didn’t spend your Friday night watching all sixty minutes of the game, I’ve got you covered! Here are the Green Bay Packers preseason Game 1 players that made a statement with their performance.

QB Jordan Love 

The third-year quarterback played three-quarters of the first Green Bay Packers preseason game, throwing two touchdowns and three interceptions. Just looking at those five passes, it was obvious that Love requires more experience to sharpen his skills and learn from his mistakes. Love went for 176 yards on 13/24 attempts for a 54% completion percentage. Playing with the young second team of skill position players, there were a few drops on catchable passes by Love. The young QB did have some off-target throws, the worst of which came on Love’s third interception of the day. Matt LaFleur did comment that the pick came on a play in which two Packer receivers ran the wrong routes, but in that case, Love must live to fight another day and not turn the ball over. The first pick was hard to blame on Love, and the ball bounced straight off TE Tyler Davis’ hands and straight up into the air in the red zone. This stalled Green Bay’s promising drive. The second interception came on a near catch by Doubs that was corralled by the 49er defender as the two tumbled to the ground. It’s permissible to forgive Love for the tipped ball bad luck interceptions, but Love must improve on the placement of his throws. Love’s best-placed ball came on a 33-yard touchdown pass to training camp hero Romeo Doubs (more on him later). Love wasn’t able to connect with Doubs on the pair’s first deep shot, but was on point on their touchdown just two plays later. The score came on fourth down, showing some nice poise from Love. The third-year QB looked strong in the poise department all night, delivering a few nice completions on third and fourth down. Love’s second TD came on a fourth and four during the two-minute drill to end the first half, as Love found WR Danny Davis who made a nice move to secure the catch and extend the ball to cross the goal line. On the ground, Love showed his athletic prowess and speed running the ball four times for 24 yards. Overall, Love looked confident in his ability and had some well-thrown passes. The interceptions certainly show his inexperience, but that’s what the preseason is for. 

WR Romeo Doubs

With the departure of Davante Adams, the Packers drafted three receivers in the NFL Draft to help replace Adams’s production. Those picks were Christian Watson, Romeo Doubs, and Samori Toure. Watson started camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list, and did not play in this game. Doubs and Toure did play, and both were impressive. Drafted out of Nevada, Doubs has turned heads during Packers camp with his ability to run past defenders and by making consistent catches. Even famously curmudgeon towards rookies Aaron Rodgers has touted Doubs ability, a high level of praise. Doubs was targeted seven times in San Fran, catching three balls including the touchdown. Love clearly felt trust in targeting Doubs, a connection that could be an important pairing in the Packers future. The rookie wideout did have one clear drop on a nice play from Love, but we’ll chalk that one up to first-game nerves. In the very next play, Doubs made a great hand catch to make up for it. Doubs also showed a willingness to block as a receiver, which is a requisite for LaFleur’s offense. Doubs looks to carve out a spot in the Packers offense this season, where targets are more available than ever. 

WR/KR Amari Rodgers 

After a tough rookie season last season, Amari Rodgers flashed the play-making ability that made him an appealing prospect here in the first Green Bay Packers preseason game. The first big play came on Rodgers second kick return of the game. The speedy Rodgers was able to gain the edge and brought the ball out to the fifty-yard line on an impressive return. New special teams coach Rich Bisaccia tried out multiple returners in his quest to shore up the Packers miserable special teams unit, but Rodgers seems to be the front runner for both punt and kick returner. 

Adding to his nice return, Rodgers once again used his quick feet to turn a pass from third-string QB Danny Etling into a run up the sideline score. Rodgers, like Doubs, hopes to use the positive momentum from his impressive training camps and performances in the preseason to gain Aaron Rodgers and Matt LaFleur’s trust heading into the regular season. 

OLB Kingsley Enagbare 

This was not a banner night for the Packers‘ defense, especially in the secondary as the unit allowed two long touchdowns on blown coverages. The first unit defense will look to One of the bright spots was rookie OLB Kingsley Enagbare, who was the Packers’ fifth-round pick out of South Carolina. The young pass-rusher showed his combination of speed and strength by compiling a sack and a tackle for loss. Enagbare will compete for the third edge rusher spot behind Preston Smith and rising star Rashan Gary. 

The Packers will return to the friendly confines of Lambeau Field for their second preseason next Friday for a contest with the New Orleans Saints. Check back here for Green Bay Packers coverage all season long. 

Written by Joel Kananen

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