By Lucy Rendler-Kaplan // @LUCYrk78
Look. Don’t get me wrong. I LOVE the Packers. I LOVE watching the Packers. I’d been counting down the days till I could watch them again.
I hate preseason. It just makes me too nervous. There’s too much on the line with starters playing. And now, with quarterback Aaron Rodgers playing Thursday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers, I’ll spend the next 24 hours praying to the football gods for no injuries.
It IS going to be an exciting game. Green Bay hasn’t hosted Pittsburgh during the preseason since 1996 (Packers won, natch). In fact, these two teams don’t play each other very often at all. Thursday night will only the fourth meeting between these two teams since 2013. Green Bay is 14-10-1 in the preseason against Pittsburgh.
With Rodgers playing, even for a few series, that means we won’t get to evaluate the three guys competing for his back-up as much. If you’ve followed my recaps, you know I’m not a huge Brett Hundley fan, so I’m going to keep my eye on DeShone Kizer Thursday night. Aaron Rodgers owns the pocket, and I’d love to see Kizer become a bit more comfortable playing in there.
I’m willing to bet that Green Bay ends up keeping two out of the three back up QBs, and Hundley is pretty much a lock for one of them. I have a hard time thinking the Packers would cut Kizer after trading free safety Damarious Randall for him, but we’ll see what sort of stats he puts up this week.
In Green Bay’s first preseason game against the Titans, the rookie receivers looked pretty good. Ok, most of them. Wide receiver J’Mon Moore had a tough time, but WRs Equanimeous St. Brown and Marquez Valdes-Scantling had nine receptions between them, and Valdes-Scantling even had a touchdown.
With all three of them competing for a roster spot at deep wide receiver, they’ll need to have even more impressive numbers Thursday night. I’m not sure Moore will make the final roster – he drops balls a lot. St. Brown is great a receiving passes and Valdes-Scantling is FAST, so they seem much more likely to take the spot.
The Green Bay Packers are set to take on the Pittsburgh Steelers in the friendly confines of Lambeau Field on Thursday, Aug. 16 at 7 pm CT.
Who are YOU most excited to watch? Tweet along with me @lucyrk78 during the game!
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