Green Bay Packers: Three Takeaways from their 51-34 win over Pittsburgh Steelers

Official Reporter Green Bay Packers

By Lucy Rendler-Kaplan//@LUCYrk78

It’s always nice to end the home preseason games 2-0. What’s even nicer? Watching quarterback Aaron Rodgers return to Lambeau Field for the first time in almost a year. And because he’s Rodgers, it only took him one play to connect with tight end Jimmy Graham for an 8-yard score.

“Happy to get in, be productive and get out,” Rodgers said post-game. This may be the only time we’ll see Rodgers during the preseason and I’m more than OK with that. A healthy Aaron Rodgers is one of the biggest threats to opposing teams.

What else did we learn in Thursday’s game? Let’s take a look:

  • Green Bay might have a solid cornerback for the first time in a while this season. The Packers’ pass defense has been hurting, but with two offseason pickups, they may have a better chance this year. On Thursday, both free-agent addition defensive back Tramon Williams and rookie cornerback Josh Jackson returned interceptions for touchdowns.

  • Free safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix continues to struggle. At one point, he was one of my favorite players on the team. But his struggles from last season continued to plague him against the Steelers. Clinton-Dix gave up a 4-yard touchdown catch to Steelers receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster. It didn’t help that DB Morgan Burnett had a great game, leading me to wonder – did they give up the wrong guy?
  • The backup quarterback position is still a big competition. I was happier than I’ve been with Brett Hundley, but my personal pick, DeShone Kizer, also had a great game. Hundley went 6-of-9 for 77 yards and added a 10-yard touchdown run. Kizer threw an 82-yard touchdown pass to WR Jake Kumerow and a 1-yard touchdown pass to TE Robert Tonyan. People might disagree, but I think the Packers might just end up keeping them both.

 

What is happening at running back? The Packers are already plagued with injuries at that position, and then suddenly Akeem Judd retires? Currently still out are: Jamaal Williams (ankle), Aaron Jones (hamstring) and Devante Mays (hamstring).   Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Vince Williams twisted Jamaal Williams’s leg at the end of a play last Thursday night. In my opinion, it was a dirty play. 

Two new players have now been added to the running backs position: LeShun Daniels and Bronson Hill. I think we can expect both Daniels and Hill to play Friday night against the Oakland Raiders.

The Packers will be Hill’s ninth NFL team. He previously played for the Buffalo Bills, Chicago Bears, Miami Dolphins, New Orleans Saints, Cincinnati Bengals, Jacksonville Jaguars, Minnesota Vikings and Arizona Cardinals.

Daniels went undrafted out of Iowa in 2017. He spent time with the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Chargers before playing in four regular season games with the Washington Redskins last season, carrying three times for 14 yards.  

The Packers go on the road to play the Oakland Raiders in the third week of the preseason Friday night.

 

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