The Green Bay Packers preseason ended with a 17-10 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. But more importantly, this was the last chance for several players to earn a roster spot.
Here’s a closer look at the players who improved their stock in Kansas City.
It was an impressive night on offense for the undrafted rookie, who caught all five passes for 26 yards and averaged 4.0 yards per rush on seven attempts, including a 24-yard touchdown run. However, Goodson dropped a kickoff and also struggled to hold pass protection – two factors that will define the third running back role.
Once Kansas City’s starting defense was off the field, the Packers’ offensive line did a good job of opening up running lanes, and Patrick Taylor benefited just as Goodson did. Taylor totaled 34 yards on just seven carries and caught all three targets for 17 yards.
Many of us thought Juwann Winfree was going to be the Packers’ seventh wide receiver before this game, and he still might very well be. But Samori Toure made that discussion a little more interesting with his performance on Thursday night. Toure caught six of his eight targets for 83 yards, including four that went for first downs, and forced two missed tackles, according to PFF.
Quay Walker looked ready for the regular season against the Chiefs. During Kansas City’s first two possessions, there weren’t many plays that ended without Walker in the middle of it. He finished with five total tackles – second most on the team – three of which were solo.
We haven’t seen or heard much from seventh-round rookie Rasheed Walker this summer as he’s missed some time with an injury. But he stepped in at right tackle with the backup offensive line and didn’t give up a single pressure on 33 pass breakups. He also opened up a long running lane for Taylor on an 11-yard run.
Before the preseason, we heard a lot about the ups and downs from Jack Coco at long-snapper. However, in those three games, he was one of the few consistent presences on the special teams unit. During his tenure at Georgia Teach, Coco only made a handful of field goal attempts, but that wasn’t as evident when we watched him punt.
Do the Packers keep a sixth interior defensive lineman? Well, Jack Heflin went on to further complicate this decision. In just 19 run-blocking snaps, Heflin recorded five solo tackles, two of which were for loss or no gain, and also forced a fumble.
Abernathy again had a lot of running on both defense and special teams as he played most of the game. He finished with six tackles and nearly forced another interception. Depending on how the numbers shake out at safety, Abernathy may not be on the starting roster, but he has put himself in position to be called up if Dallin Leavitt is placed on IR.
One catch for 16 yards isn’t a huge night, by any means, but it was much improved for Tyler Davis, who has dealt with drops, digs and missed blocks this preseason. Earlier in the week, Matt LaFleur reported that the Packers are still very confident in Davis. He then had his most productive summer internship.
Matt LaFleur made sure to get the ball into Amari Rodgers’ hands in a variety of ways as he had the gadget role in this offense, lining up all over the formation. As a ball carrier, Rodgers totaled 17 yards on three carries. As a pass rusher, he caught all four passes for 39 yards, including a contested one over the middle, something he has struggled with this preseason. We also saw Rodgers with a decent kickoff return to open the game when there weren’t many blocks.
Throughout his career, Pat O’Donnell was not known as a prolific player. But he provides stability to this Packers’ special teams unit, including at receiver, and he’s very familiar with punting in the cold coming from Chicago. Against the Chiefs, however, O’Donnell let it fly, averaging 56.3 yards per kick on six attempts, including a long 69 when backed up near his own end zone.
It was an up-and-down performance from Jordan Love, which included a few missed opportunities downfield and an interception, but once the offensive line gave him some time, we once again saw a confident player in the pocket letting the ball rip into some tight ends windows. . As expected, consistency will need to improve, but overall, it was another encouraging performance from Love, who is much improved from a year ago.
With De’Vondre Campbell and Quay Walker out, Krys Barnes’ role will be reduced, but he will provide a solid presence off the bench at what has become a position of strength for the Packers. Against the Chiefs, Barnes had three tackles, including one in the open field, as well as a pass breakup in coverage.
This story originally appeared on Packers Wire