The best, worst players from the Chiefs loss

The Green Bay Packers ended their preseason with a 17-10 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Quarterback Shane Buechele led the Chiefs with a pair of touchdown passes, despite the Packers getting more in total offense and time of possession. Green Bay scored just two of 10 drives, with the final drive ending on a fourth down by third-stringer Danny Etling at the Kansas City 19-yard line.

The Packers finished 1-2, but fortunately, preseason records don’t mean much. More importantly, Green Bay now has plenty of film to evaluate in order to get their roster to the top 53 players by the August 30 deadline.

General manager Brian Gutekunst will obviously have some tough decisions to make, but first, let’s look at the best and worst players from Thursday’s loss, according to Pro Football Focus.

Top 5 offense

  1. WR Samori Toure: 77.1

  2. C Josh Myers: 71.9

  3. OT Rasheed Walker: 71.4

  4. TE Tyler Davis: 71.2

  5. OT Caleb Jones: 71.1

Rookie Samori Touri finished his first preseason with an impressive six-play, 83-yard performance. The Packers’ seventh-round draft pick was the team’s leading receiver in the preseason, totaling nine receptions on 13 targets for 125 yards. Touri’s outing against the Chiefs was by far his best of the preseason and arguably the best of any Green Bay receiver in August. Meanwhile, sophomore center Josh Myers only appeared on 17 snaps but had an integral block on the team’s lone touchdown drive. His pancake to linebacker Jermaine Carter set up running back TJ Goodson for a 24-yard touchdown and was one of the highlight plays of the day. Also of note, Davis had a good game after a rough preseason.

Top 5 defense

  1. S De Vande Kroes: 87.9

  2. LB Quay Walker: 71.1

  3. LB Krys Barnes: 69.8

  4. OLB Kobe Jones: 66.7

  5. S Tariq Carpenter: 66.6

Not many stand out here, but Cross had the best performance in the preseason and could be a candidate for the practice squad. Meanwhile, Walker is starting to look more and more like a first-round pick. His hustle was on full display on his way to five tackles.

Down 5 offense

  1. TE Nate Becker: 43.4

  2. QB Jordan Love: 46.5

  3. WR Juwann Winfree: 48.4

  4. RB Dexter Williams: 48.7

  5. TE Alize Mack: 51.7

Both tight ends on the list were long shots to make the roster anyway. It’s interesting that PFF gave Love such a low grade seeing how he didn’t play that bad coming off the televs. He threw a bad interception just before halftime, but completed over 61 percent of his passes with one drop. Winfrey was targeted six times but had only one catch, and Williams allowed a sack on his only rep in pass protection, severely impacting his grade.

Defense 5 down

  1. LB Ty Summers: 28.1

  2. LB Isaiah McDuffie: 30.5

  3. DT TJ Slaton: 34.8

  4. CB Keisean Nixon: 39.8

  5. OLB Kingsley Enagbare: 46.8

Not a good look for Green Bay’s backup linebackers. Both graded out in poor coverage as they combined to allow three catches totaling 60 yards. McDuffie had a strong preseason with marked improvement, but Summers still looks like a special teamer hoping to sneak into the starting 53.


Jordan Love: 46.5

Danny Etling: 66.3

This was Love’s worst performance of the preseason, which is surprising considering he threw three picks against the San Francisco 49ers. Love failed to make a big shot against Kansas City after having at least one in his first two outings. Per PFF, he also struggled to throw under pressure, going 1-4 for a single yard. Meanwhile, Etling completed 76.9 percent of his passes, but only three of his 10 completions went for first downs.

Special teams

Did Green Bay’s special teams get any worse? Every Chiefs return seemed to go well, as the Packers lost five tackles before the season. Linebacker Ray Wilborn was responsible for two of those, but he wasn’t the lowest special teamer. That honor went to Sal Cannella, who was called to stop the return. As a whole, the Packers’ special teams have looked nothing short of inspired throughout the preseason. They still have a bunch of mistakes that need to be ironed out to avoid another dismal year.

This story originally appeared on Packers Wire

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