Now that two games are in the books, Packers personnel evaluators can work with a serviceable sample size. Back to back wins means that plenty of Packers have been able to make an impression. Well, some better than others. For instance, the emphasis placed on tackling was evident from game one to game two. This improvement is encouraging, but not satisfactory. Coaches will continue to bring out the tackling donuts until this is a non-issue. Also, the offensive line groups collectively allowed fives sacks yet again. To accompany poor pass protection, the running game has yet to look applicable. Some specific individuals have gone through tough moments and need to rebound in the final two games.
OLB Kyler Fackrell
The size and strength put on by last year’s third round pick has not resulted in a rise in play. Battling offensive tackles to control the edge was supposed to be a point of emphasis. However, he has yet to record a single tackle in preseason despite playing 34 total snaps. Fackrell will continue to get overlooked on special teams if he fails to add anything to the second team defense.
Literally Any Running Back
Everyone knew the running game would be a focal point during camp. Four weeks in and the tension surrounding the position has not lightened one bit. Ty Montgomery was out of action this week nursing a leg injury. As a result, the Packers fourth string quarterback Taysom Hill was the leading rusher for the second straight week. His 20-yard scamper to score a touchdown and win the game is the best run any Packer has had so far. It appears no one wants to win the job as the outright back-up to Montgomery or even attempt to take any of his carries.
WR Trevor Davis
After his scoring punt return vs Philadelphia, most believed Davis was a near lock to make the 53-man roster. Now it is fair to say that his status as the full-time return man has experienced a setback. Less than two minutes into the game at Washington, Davis muffed a punt return that led to a field goal. He never had another decent look at a return, but his counterpart Max McCaffrey returned a punt for 17 yards to set up the game-winning drive. If Davis plans on being around for the opening of the season, he will have to get more work done as a receiver. He has one pass catch this preseason for 12 yards. This is alarming considering he has played the third most snaps among all Packer receivers.
Next, the Packers are off to face Denver this Saturday. After that the Rams will visit Green Bay before the 2017 season is finally underway. The players listed above can do a lot to help themselves between now and then. Both on the practice field, and under the bright lights.
___________________Brandon Carwile was a cheese head at birth. His dad grew up attending games at Lambeau and passed on the legacy. Brandon graduated from Longwood University in 2016 with a degree in mass media. He has covered the Packers for over a year and currently works with packerstalk.com. Find him on twitter at @BShmee.