Another preseason slate was kicked off for the Green Bay Packers, as they held their annual Family Night Scrimmage. With Jordan Love leading the quarterbacks in the net toss and plenty of rookies busting out, the vibes of the night were pretty high.
While the practice style of Family Night is always easy going and doesn’t necessarily showcase a lot, there were plenty of ‘highlight’ takeaways worthy of discussion.
QB Room Establishes Pecking Order
Love showcased plenty of impressive moments, even if he did start out slow, missing a few throws. Leading the QBs through drills, Love was impressive in the simulated drive portion of practice, especially during the two-minute drill.
Having ended practice on a high note was a great way to sum up how Saturday went for Love, and it certainly was noticed by the coaching staff. But while Love was on full display, the growth made by a rookie backup was pretty important too.
Penn State QB Sean Clifford has put on some impressive tape during training camp and seems to have earned the inside track to the QB2 role. With Danny Etling having just been released, Clifford seems to be impressing the staff enough to move forward with him.
Musgrave Is On The Fast Track
When the Packers drafted two tight ends back in April, it was expected that they would eventually take over the starting role. But to have Luke Musgrave slide into that TE1 role before the regular season of his rookie year starts is impressive.
Musgrave’s speed was the biggest factor of his game that has surprised the most so far through camp, and filling the role of a field-splitting tight end is exactly what this team has been missing.
Along with fellow rookie Tucker Kraft, Musgrave has a huge opportunity ahead of him, and he showcased his skills during the two-minute drill. Catching a ball from Love on the first play of the drive, Musgrave turned in a gain of over 30 yards down the seam to kickstart the drive.
On the final play of the drive (that resulted in a TD), Musgrave earned attention from both safeties as he went down the middle of the field, leaving single coverage on the boundary for a score. If this is a sign of things to come, Musgrave will have a huge role moving forward.
Kicking Game Received Needed Boost
With Mason Crosby still a free agent and the kicking game unsettled for the Packers, rookie kicker Anders Carlson has been a bit rough during training camp so far. With inconsistencies aplenty, Carlson was on his game on Saturday.
Carlson has a TON of leg but his accuracy issues have been his main issue, which has made his spot as the lone kicker a bit rocky. But Saturday was a solid showing for Carlson, only missing one of his nine kicks on the night.
Plenty of kicks over 50 yards look easy for Carlson to make, but with the winter elements being a major issue up in Green Bay, his accuracy is going to have to improve.뿓뿓뿓
Mike Johrendt has been an avid fan of the Packers ever since he can remember. He is now a writer at PackersTalk and you can follow him on Twitter at @MJohrendt23