The best, worst players from the preseason beat the Saints

The Green Bay Packers took an early lead on a Jordan Love touchdown pass to Romeo Doubs, then held off Friday’s 20-10 victory over the New Orleans Saints on a 51-yard touchdown run by quarterback Danny Etling. Results at this time of year don’t really matter. The process applies, especially for players fighting for roster spots.

Based on grades from Pro Football Focus, here are the best and worst players from the Packers’ preseason win over the Saints:

Top 5 offense

1. OT Zach Tom: 84.5
2. QB Jordan Love: 82.6
3. TE Sal Cannella: 82.6
4. TE Nate Becker: 80.6
5. QB Danny Etling: 78.6

For the second week in a row, Tom placed himself in the top five offensive players. After finishing second last week, he is in first place coming out of this game. Tom played 40 snaps at right tackle and didn’t let up on the pressure. Love had three “big shots” but was once again hurt by four drops. Received elite rank from clean pockets. More about him here. Cannella (five snaps, one catch for 13 yards) and Becker (nine snaps, excellent block grade) made the most of their limited snaps, while Etling got a big boost from his 51-yard touchdown run.

Top 5 defense

1. OLB Ladarius Hamilton: 87.5
2. S Micah Abernathy: 82.9
3. CB Kyontre Thomas: 82.5
4. S De’Vante Cross: 74.7
5. LB Quay Walker: 71.5

Hamilton had the best run defense grade (one stop) and the second-best run defense grade (two pressures). Abernathy made two splash plays (interception, tackle for loss) and was excellent in coverage. Thomas didn’t give up a catch over four targets and had two stops in the run game. Cross had stops in the passing game and was strong in coverage. Even though Isaiah McDuffie posted a team-high four stops, Walker was graded higher because he was better against the run and in coverage.

Down 5 offense

1. TE Tyler Davis: 25.2
2. TE Alize Mack: 39.9
3. G Sean Ryan: 42.2
4. WR Samori Toure: 44.6
5. RB Dexter Williams: 46.5

Davis finishes late in the overall offensive rating for the second straight week. He had a fumble that caused a turnover and a penalty and received tremendous marks as a blocker over 24 breakaways. Rhyan was hurt by a bad pass blocking grade and Toure’s big drop killed his overall grade.

Defense 5 down

1. DL Jonathan Ford: 26.8
2. DL Devonte Wyatt: 29.7
3. LB Ray Wilborn: 46.2
4. LB Ty Summers: 46.8
5. OLB Tipa Galeai: 49.3

Ford played two very low-scoring games this season. The run defense grade was poor over 29 snaps. Rough start for Wyatt, the Packers’ second of two first-round picks. He played 26 snaps and did nothing more than record a single tackle. Wilborn tackled well and did well in coverage, but was tough on the job in the run game. Summers lost a tackle. Galeai had three pressures, but fell short in coverage on the Saints’ touchdown and struggled against the run.


Jordan Love: 82.6
Danny Etling: 78.8

Love was outstanding in 27 returns, especially from clean pockets. Four drops robbed him of about 75 yards. He played on time, shot decisively and didn’t have a turnover game. In play-action, Love completed four of six passes for 52 yards and an elite grade. Etling only threw one pass, but earned a strong grade due to his rushing production (51-yard touchdown).

Special teams

Kabion Ento, who played 11 snaps, earned the top special teams rating. Tipa Galeai and Shawn Davis missed tackles covering kicks and Kingsley Enagbare had a penalty. Ramiz Ahmed earned a high mark after scoring both goals and extra points.


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This story originally appeared on Packers Wire

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