In the preseason finale the Packers ran over the Rams 24-10. We knew of where most position battles were taking place before tonight’s game. Now, it is more obvious some of those spots are secure. Running back and corner were positions of emphasis for Mike McCarthy this week. Outside linebacker was up there as well as each position had eminent standouts tonight.
Hundley was much more composed in the pocket as he both threw and ran for a touchdown. Taysom Hill was next in relief and may be a member of the Packers practice squad by week’s end. Pending another team does not give him a shot. Hill scored in every game he saw action, including this one. His game winning touchdown scramble to beat the Redskins was one the best plays of the Packers preseason.
It is entirely possible the Packers will have three running backs on the final 53. Aaron Jones has distinguished himself as the Packers purest back-up to Ty Montgomery. Jones can catch and run the ball. He led all backs in rushing yards even though he was second in carries behind the fourth rounder Jamaal Williams. Subsequently, the Green Bay front office will decide between Devante Mays or Williams as the third guy.
This will not come as much of a surprise, but corner Ladarius Gunter is now a lock to make the final roster. Before this game he was having the best preseason of all Packer corners. It is hard to fathom before training camp people were wondering if he would stand-out in a crowded secondary. Some wondered if he would last. Gunter capped off an impressive training camp when a first quarter sack was immediately followed by an impressive interception. Perhaps now is the perfect time to say he proved critics wrong.
Outside linebacker is still a position of worry for the Packers. The signing of veteran Ahmad Brooks will remedy some issues in physicality, but depth is still a question mark. Because of this, second year man Reggie Gilbert may get a shot to add insurance. At times he is out of position in run stoppage, but his ability to get in the quarterback’s face is special. His multiple QB hurries in the first half were complimentary of the two sacks he had in the past two games.
Finally, the Packers can turn their attention toward the regular season opener. That is if they have not already begun game planning to take on a playoff team in the Seattle Seahawks. Keep an eye out on Saturday for the Packers release of the final roster by 3 p.m. CT. Then we will know who will be a part of one of the more talented teams in Packers history.
___________________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.