The Green Bay Packers beat the New Orleans Saints by a final score of 20-10 on Friday night at Lambeau Field.
Here’s who improved their stock the most during the Packers’ preseason win over the Saints:
QB Jordan Love: For perhaps the first time in his three-year NFL career, Love looked like a legitimate first-round pick. He made long throws down the field, looked confident under pressure, extended plays with his feet and protected the ball. The drops hurt him on the stat page, but this was a terrific performance.
LB Isaiah McDuffie: His speed helped him kill two drives with tackles in the open field on third down. He also brought some heat on two blitzes. In all, four of his tackles were “stops,” or what PFF describes as a failure for the offense. McDuffie, a core contributor specialist, looks like a 53-man roster lock. In fact, he might be the No. 3 linebacker behind the two starters.
OT Zach Tom: He played 40 snaps at right tackle and was once again solid, especially in pass protection. He is undefeated for pressure this entire preseason. On Friday night, his work in the run game was especially good. The rookie is definitely one of the top five forwards in Week 1.
CB Kiondre Thomas: He didn’t give up a catch despite facing four targets over 30 coverage snaps. Late in the game, he drew an offensive pass interference penalty and was in coverage on a pair of fumbles. Thomas also made two stops against the run and played 12 snaps on special teams. He makes a real run at the No. 6 corner spot.
S Micah Abernathy: The Packers are desperate at safety due to injuries, and the former USFLer put his name on everyone’s radar with two plays. He made a diving interception in coverage against Taysom Hill, and picked off a screen pass and cut the running back for a 5-yard loss. The Packers also had him on the field for 13 special teams snaps.
RB Tyler Goodson: His burst of outside zone runs continues to jump off the screen. Goodson also forced two missed tackles, including one on a spin move to complete a 15-yard drive in the first half, and caught a 10-yard pass.
TEs Nate Becker/Sal Cannella: Becker looked comfortable as a blocker, while Cannella’s catch-and-run (breaking two tackles) for 13 yards was a standout play. Tyler Davis is really struggling, so he opens up a spot at tight end.
LS Jack Coco: His eight snaps – four on punts, two on field goals and two on extra points – hit their mark without a problem.
K Ramiz Ahmed: The freshman kicker made field goals of 25 yards and 45 yards and connected on both extra point attempts.
LT Caleb Jones: At no point this preseason did he look out of place at left tackle. He moves well for a guy his size and can be a monster in the game. On Friday night, the pass protection was much improved. The Packers might have something here.
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This story originally appeared on Packers Wire