Brian Gutekunst didn’t commit to anyone being safe for the final 53 spots on the Green Bay Packers‘ roster this season when addressing the subject after Tuesday’s training camp practice. “Wide open” were the words the Packers general manager used to describe the race for positioning on the depth chart as the preseason rolls into its second week.
Staring down a 6:30 p.m. kickoff at the Baltimore Ravens, the Packers have some positions well figured. Davante Adams is the lead receiver (duh). Aaron Rodgers is the starting quarterback (double duh). A healthy Aaron Jones is expected to take most of the handoffs out of the backfield and could be poised for a breakout season.
But even with Packers first-year head coach Matt LaFleur opting to play his starters for “a quarter or so” Thursday night, the second night under the lights this preseason is more about the on-the-bubble and almost-there players contending for playing time in the regular season.
The opportunity to shine is there for a number of them with injuries gnawing away at the Packers’ depth. Here are five players to keep on eye on during Thursday night’s second preseason matchup:
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The continued development of Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Equanimeous St. Brown has not worked in Moore’s favor as he seems to be regressing — or stuck in the same place, at the very least. The 2018 fourth-round pick out of Missouri caught two of his three targets in his rookie season but struggled in terms of reliability with a pattern of drops in practice. Two more drops, including one for a touchdown, didn’t help his cause in the preseason opener against the Houston Texans.
It’s do-or-die time for Moore in terms of his career in Green Bay. A conservative receiver list for the 53-man roster doesn’t currently include him in a group of six with Trevor Davis, Allen Lazard and Darrius Shepherd all taking positive steps. If he wants to prevent the Packers from moving on from him, he will need to outshine the rest of his competitors …read more