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Harrell stars in win over Chiefs

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on August 30, 2012 – 9:04 pm

The Packers concluded their preseason with a 24-3 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs that left the Packers at 2-2 and their fans feeling a whole lot better about backup quarterback Graham Harrell.

Harrell rebounded from a slow start to the preseason by completing 13 of 15 passes for 223 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. He relieved Aaron Rodgers with the Chiefs leading, 3-0.

Rodgers and the Packers No. 1 offense played briefly, as Rodgers threw only two passes, completing one for five yards. Cedric Benson was the Packers starting running back and he rushed four times for 11 yards.

It was the Packers No. 2 offense that turned the game into the home team’s favor. Harrell teamed with second-year wide receiver Tori Gurley on a deep pass to the one-yard line, and Alex Green scored on a two-yard run.

Later in the second quarter, Green scored on a perfectly executed screen play that covered 17 yards and gave the Packers a 14-3 lead at halftime.

A 12-yard Harrell to Jarrett Boykin touchdown pass in the third quarter gave the Packers a comfortable 21-3 lead and capped Harrell’s night. He celebrated his performance with a fist pump following the touchdown pass to Boykin. It was a gesture that released a lot of frustration that had built up through the first three preseason games.

Several players considered to be on the roster bubble played well for the Packers, which will further complicate General Manager Ted Thompson’s decisions on Friday, when Thompson must reduce the roster from 75 to 53.

The rookie Boykin led the Packers with five receptions, but Gurley and Diondre Borel, holdovers from last year’s practice squad, each caught two passes and made moves on earning a roster spot.

Defensively, the Packers allowed more than 200 yards rushing, but they made two goal-line stands, one resulting in a Sam Shields interception, and pressured Chiefs quarterbacks. Erik Walden capped a great preseason with a sack.

 


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14 Responses to “Harrell stars in win over Chiefs”

  1. By animal lover on Aug 30, 2012 | Reply

    started off slow but the offense was impressive. The D had some nice moments but allowed way too many rushing yards! Tyler has gotten lots of carries but doesn’t gain yardage. What happened to Saine?

  2. By Robert E Grove on Aug 30, 2012 | Reply

    i cant wait for the season to start. i a lil worried about our defence tho. we have the best offence in the NFL but the D has steadily gotten worse over the last three years. i hope that the d can step it up when the REAL season starts.we are the best team in the NFL, lets hope we play like it

  3. By TJ on Aug 30, 2012 | Reply

    damn so thats what harrell just needed time in the pocket we need get some good secondary oline guys cut the lazy ass people harrell showed he can throw and move in the pocket today and big thumbs up for my boy alex green for finally getting back from that injury hope he replaces sharks i want sharks cut we dont need him i say keep speedy saine with us

  4. By Bill on Aug 30, 2012 | Reply

    Gotta keep that Boykin kid somehow! I still like Gurley
    as the 4th TE! (hernandez with pat’s is not a big TE) Borel as H-Back! Keep Otis to practice squad…
    Best wish & guidance to VP & Coach on heartfelt sad
    assignment of cut’s Fri… :-(

  5. By gbpfan4life on Aug 30, 2012 | Reply

    Harrell!, Really!, OK!. Looks like we can shut up now about him and go back to trusting what Mike and Ted saw in that kid. Jury still out on the starting defense. Chiefs first couple possessions exposed some softness against the run and pass, but, same as last year , the defense stepped up when needed. O-line run blocking has to improve to keep defenses honest, move short chains, and close out games. Overall, for this time of year, the pack looks like they know they are a good team ready to break out and contend once they fine tune their craft as the season progresses. Rest of league call 911, we’re coming!

  6. By gbp on Aug 30, 2012 | Reply

    I’ve learned to never question Ted and Mike, however Capers needs to keep the defense simple so the players know what they’re doing. Last year, too many times I’d see the defence calling out assignments while the other team was snapping the ball. I know Capers is a so-called genius, but the players on defence can’t read an offence or make adjustments that quick. Watch some film of last years defense and you’ll know what I’m saying.

  7. By Glen Tilot on Aug 30, 2012 | Reply

    I think Boykin and Gurley have earned roster spots because they both catch well and play special teams I don’t think Borel is as good a return man as Gurley and Boykin are on coverage. A trade involving James Jones seems likely as he barely did anything this preseason. I know Ted likes draft picks but we need help on the O-line. It’s the weakest spot on the team depth wise.

  8. By Bob Wassom on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Graham came through tonight like I knew he could. When he gets it going he’s as smooth as Aaron. He just needs more time to gain experience and if he can stay with the Packers he will gain it. Loved the way he played! Bob

  9. By bill1976alaska@gci.net on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Good point’s Glen! They mave have to trade Jones for O-lineman, maybe Borel also ? We’ll eventually need a back-up for Saturday, unless it will be Dietrich Smith, Sampson, or Draheim? Center is Captain of O-Line… Could be some trades for Draft picks also ? Well see what happens in about 12 hr. Thanks, Bill

  10. By zach cobb on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    that was an awsome game all cheifs out there we killed u number 12 on the cheifs he sucks man we won we got the pay back from the cheifs go pack go

  11. By Kenny on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    There is no payback in a Preseason game.

    Jones may be traded if the offered price is right. However, I don’t understand why so many people are clamoring for it. A player with his ability and age, signed to a multi-year deal at a reasonable price, is a commodity you should want to keep.

    If Jones is traded this WR corp will go from clearly the best in the league to maybe the best in the league. That’s a big difference.

    You have Driver pushing 40 years old. Jennings has had troubles with injuries the past couple of years. Cobb is still a little raw as a receiver and is more of a slot guy.

    The kid in Pittsburgh (Brown) got an 8 million a year extension for 5 years recently. How much do you think Jennings is going to want when his deal is up?

    It’s possible that the Packers can’t afford Jennings and Driver retires, or is cut, in the next couple of seasons.

    With Jones traded your WR corp would be Jordy and Cobb that are established. I think Boykin and Gurley both have upside, but if they were as good as any of the regulars, they would already be playing ahead of them.

  12. By Cupero Law on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    awesome blog, thank you and keep it up!

  13. By 2b,ornot2b on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Big questions remains at corner opposite Williams. Do we really want to see, “HE WENT TO JARED”,…….Bush, everytime a QB completes a pass on his side?. Since it appears Tramon has regained his old form, look for offenses to expose the other side early, and often, since whoever is holding down that spot will be unproven, or questionable. Our Super Bowl aspirations are riding on that corner to represent in this pass happy league. Go Pack!

  14. By Chilihag on Sep 2, 2012 | Reply

    I think Harrel did a great job and is going to be a good fit with the packers

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