Packers: Preseason over, on to the Real Thing

The preseason is over.

The Green Bay Packers lost to the Kansas City Chiefs 33-21 Thursday night.

But more importantly — again — the preseason is over.

Roster cutdown await on Saturday afternoon. (3:00 PM Central)

  • Five quick takeaways from last night’s preseason finale:
    • Aaron Jones is electric. We know he’s out two games, but we don’t know what kind of impact he’ll have when he comes back. I like Jamaal Williams, but every time Jones gets a chance to play, he reminds you that he’s the best “home run threat” in the Packers’ backfield.
    • Robert Tonyan may be the No. 3 TE. Tonyan has been consistent all summer, and put together a strong showing Thursday night. While Jimmy Graham and Mercedes Lewis are locks to make the team at tight end, Lance Kendricks has been quiet. Tonyan could make the cut over Kendricks, or they could keep both because of Kendricks’ versatility.
    • JK Scott can punt in games, too. What more analysis do you need? The rookie been unbelievable all summer in practice, and it finally transferred to a preseason game setting, averaging 52 yards per punt on four kicks.
    • Jaire Alexander isn’t afraid to get physical. When the Packers picked Alexander, much was made about his size. He’s smaller than the cornerbacks the Packers have drafted recently. While we already knew he had ball skills, Alexander made a nice play on a bubble screen behind the line of scrimmage. From a guy you’d think will be the team’s top slot cornerback, that’s important.
    • Reggie Gilbert got the night off. What? A guy who didn’t play is one of your “takeaways” from the game? Yep. It’s pretty telling that Gilbert, who hasn’t been reported to have any type of injury, was given the night off because the Packers have seen enough of him to know they need him for the real thing. It also says something about their depth (or lack thereof) at outside linebacker.

“Air it Out” (9-11 AM) with Marques, Bill & Rookie.

10:45 Friday Fish Fry (Village Green Golf Course & Restaurant)

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