The Green Bay Packers allowed a pair of touchdown passes to Matt Bushman and lost to the Kansas City Chiefs in the preseason finale by a final score of 17-10 Thursday night at Arrowhead Stadium.
It was over when…
… Danny Etling’s fourth pass to Samori Touré fell incomplete from the Kansas City 19-yard line and the Packers were down seven points with less than a minute left.
– WR Amari Rodgers: He turned a missed kickoff return into a good play by forcing a missed tackle, and his seven touches on offense gained 56 yards.
– LB Quay Walker: The Packers’ first pick was all over the field in the first quarter. His size and speed can be a terribly effective combination while chasing side-to-side plays.
–P Pat O’Donnell: He’s averaged 56.3 yards on his six punts, with a long 69. It’s possible he ran over his coverage on a few of the longer returns.
19.7: The Chiefs averaged 19.7 yards per punt return on six returns. The Packers returned a punt for zero yards.
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– Rookie Quay Walker was involved in five tackles over the first two defensive series, including an impressive third save forcing a punt. He was flying around the pitch and seemed comfortable in pass coverage.
– Undrafted rookie Tyler Goodson started at running back and was an even mix from top to bottom. He burst through a hole and circled around a tackle for a 24-yard touchdown and caught a 13-yard pass out of the backfield, but he also dropped a kickoff return and had the look a little shaky in the pro pass. Goodson’s talent is obvious, but the Packers want someone they can rely on in the third phase and passing game.
– Jordan Love was up and down. He was a bit shaky at first but eventually settled in, leading scoring drives from 83 yards and 75 yards. For a while he was decisive and precise. But Love also had trouble throwing downfield, missing a handful of big plays and throwing an interception.
–The Packers found easy ways to pass the ball to Amari Rodgers, who produced an 11-yard run on a transfer from the backfield and a 15-yard catch to convert on third down. He rushed three times for 17 yards and caught four passes for 39 yards. He’ll likely be the No. 1 returner and have gimmicky value on the Packers’ offense.
–Rookie Samori Toure caught six passes for a team-best 83 yards, including 19 yards and 23 yards from Love on a scored drive and a 22 yards from Danny Etling. He made a strong push for a spot on the roster.
– Tariq Carpenter can really hit and tackle but he looks lost in coverage. Perhaps his best place to move forward is at linebacker. The rookie was completely out of position on the Chiefs’ first touchdown.
– Special teams averaged 14.0 yards per kickoff return while giving up a 45-yard kickoff return and 35, 20 and 17-yard punt returns. The third phase, despite new coaches and assistants, hasn’t been good enough this pre-season.
Summer is over and the football that matters is coming. The Packers have final roster cuts coming up on Tuesday, and then the Minnesota regular season against the Vikings arrives on Sunday, September 11.