Saturday, August 11, 2007

Pack vs Steelers Tonight

This should be an interesting game for a few reasons. First, let's see if there are is anything resembling a running game. With the continued absence of Vernand Morency, the youngsters will get some extended playing time, particularly Brandon Jackson. Secondly, it will be an opportunity to see what kind of receiving corps might develop. Look for second-year receiver Greg Jennings to continue his emergence. And watch for rookie James Jones to show in game conditions what he has shown in practice: that he could be a legitimate #3 receiver. And what about Bubba? Yeah, what about him? Hope to see some sign of life there. Also, let's watch how that young O-line is continuing to develop. Oh yeah, let's see how that backup (i.e., heir apparent) QB, Aaron Rodgers, is coming along, too, shall we?

On defense, keep an eye on the D-line and the fine young group of players assembled there. Over the next few games, the starters will show themselves. The linebacking corps? Let's just hope no one gets hurt...this is a good young group. As for the D-backs, LOTS of competition there, with some good possibilities to make an impact over the course of the season.

Finally, special teams...let's be honest, they can't be worse than last year. If Shaun Bodiford is able to show in a full contact game what he did in the Family Night scrimmage perhaps the Packers have finally found their return man. Let's hope so. We could sure use one! As for the kicking game, it's basically a toss up right now between incumbent Dave Rayner and rookie Mason Crosby. We'll see what happens tonight in game conditions.

Only a couple hours until kickoff. Will do a post-game wrap-up, as it might be difficult if not impossible for those outside the Packers' broadcast area to hear, let alone see, any of the game. That's why we're here: we live to serve.