The Packers take on the Jets at Lambeau field for their second preseason game today. The two teams have been meeting in open practices this week in preparation for this weekend’s contest. Just being a preseason game, there is not much on the line, but these games can still reveal plenty. If you are the betting on preseason type, might want to get your betrivers code ready.
For fans than missed the first preseason game against the Texans, this week’s game will be televised nationally on the NFL Network. This would have been a prime opportunity to see Jordan Love get some snaps under center. Of course, after last week’s shoulder injury, Love will sit out and Kurt Benkert will see plenty of action in an attempt to impress to make the roster.
Although the outcome of the game means nothing, there is still much to watch for. With the uncertainty at cornerback, Eric Stokes and Kevin King should see significant playing time. There are also battles at wide receiver and across the offensive line.
Kickoff is at 3:25 PM Central time. In addition to being telecast on the NFL Network, NBC 4 in Milwaukee, NBC 26 in Green Bay, and ABC 27 in Madison will broadcast the action.
Here are a few players worth paying attention to:
Kurt Benkert (Quarterback)
With a good chance to start and see the bulk of the action, Benkert could push for the third-string role with a strong performance. Watch for his decision making, ability to read the defense, and how well he takes care of the ball. Even if Benkert doesn’t perform well against the Jets, he’s likely to make the practice squad.
Patrick Taylor (Running Back)
With Aaron Jones and A.J. Dillon getting nicked up during training camp, the Packers could keep four running backs on the roster. That puts Taylor in the running to at least make the squad as a kick returner
Equanimeous St. Brown (Wide Receiver)
Much like at running back, injuries at the wide receiver position could open the door for St. Brown. After returning from injury, he’s been a primary target among the second unit. St. Brown must shine over these next two weeks in all phases, including run-blocking and special teams.
Lucas Patrick (Guard)
After a less than stellar game against the Texans playing with the second unit, Patrick needs to play significantly better against the Jets. Jon Runyan, Ben Braden, and rookie Royce Newman could beat out Patrick, which wouldn’t be the worst thing for the Packers, particularly financially.
Yosh Nijman (Offensive Tackle)
After seeing 54 plays against the Texans, Nijman is expected to get another solid look anchoring the left side of the line against the Jets. The door could open for Nijman to make the opening day roster if David Bakhtiari isn’t ready to return. It will take a strong outing, however, to keep Nijman in the running for one of precious few roster openings.