Thursday, August 28, 2014

Final Preseason Preview: Chiefs at Packers

The only starter who needs watching is the newest one: C Corey Lindsey, who won't even have a chance to play with QB Aaron Rodgers in a game before the regular season opener. Since the only other center on the roster is Garth Gerhart, who I don't expect to make the cut (maybe the practice squad, again) and the backup, backup plan is starting guard Josh Sitton, it's not likely that Lindsey will do anything to lose the job.
I've seen players have great final preseason games and still find themselves released by the end of the weekend. I expect GM Ted Thompson already knows who he wants to keep. But, as special teams coach Shawn Slocum said, he hasn't set his special teams unit so there could be tweaks to the roster, and a last minute trade or waiver claim from another team is very possible.

I still think the Packers keep both Matt Flynn and Scott Tolzien on the 53-man roster. They need three quarterbacks, even if they'd like to stash one on the practice squad, and there's no one else to choose from. Maybe they could add a QB from another team to the practice squad after the final cuts, but that sounds like an unnecessary risk just so they can keep a 10th linebacker. Though Tolzien is still eligible for the practice squad, I think he'd be claimed if the Packers released him, so it's not possible to stash him there.

So I don't expect to watch any final roster battles, but I hope to watch Flynn and Tolzien succeed against the Chiefs' backups and the backup front seven dominate on defense. It could be an entertaining game against a Chiefs team with solid depth.

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