Thursday, August 23, 2012

Preseason Preview: Packers at Bengals

I have to admit, I'm getting bored of the preseason. I want to see the starters on the field and watch the Packers get a win that matters. I want to see the 2011 Green Bay Packers offense, and not the one that lost to the Giants. Only a couple more weeks to go.

In the meantime, there's a preseason game against the Bengals tonight, and there are still a couple questions to sort out on defense.

Who's going to be the nickel safety? I think these final two preseason games will make that decision for us.

Who's going to be the starting cornerback? It looks like it should be Davon House, if his shoulder is healed, or Jarrett Bush if it's not. But the Packers could surprise us, and in the meantime, we'll probably see a lot of Casey Hayward.

What role will Nick Perry play? His pass rushing skills are already the second best on the team, but we haven't seen much of him as a run defender. In pass protection, he looked lost in coverage on one long completion by the Browns. He's the starter, but he might be in a heavy rotation by the start of the regular season if he doesn't improve the rest of his game.

On offense, it's all about getting healthy and giving some more reps to Graham Harrell. The offensive line is back to full health, and once Greg Jennings and Jermichael Finley return to the field, the offense will be playing like it's 2011.

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