Pregame warmup: Several young Packers looking for first pass reception

Posted by Mike Spofford on October 18, 2015 – 2:07 pm

If the Packers are going to add some new pass-catchers to their 2015 season statistics, today could be the day.

With WR Davante Adams (ankle) inactive for the third straight week, the Packers once again have WRs Jeff Janis and Jared Abbrederis active for today’s game against the Chargers at Lambeau Field. Neither young receiver has caught a pass yet this season, with Abbrederis still looking for the first pro catch of his career.

In addition, TE Justin Perillo was signed to the active roster from the practice squad this week. He and rookie Kennard Backman are the two tight ends backing up starter Richard Rodgers, and neither has an NFL catch to his credit, either.

Perhaps a memorable day is in store for one or more of many young players who will be in uniform today, if their duties expand beyond special teams and include some offensive snaps.

Third jerseys: The Packers are wearing their newest third jersey for the first time today, a re-creating of the uniform from the 1930s and ’40s. The distinguishing feature is the gold yoke across the shoulders.

Green Bay’s previous third jersey, which featured the gold circle on the front with the number inside, was good for the Packers, as they went 4-0 while wearing it, all at home. They beat San Francisco in 2010, St. Louis in 2011, Cleveland in 2013 and Philadelphia in 2014.

Stopping a trend: The Packers have lost their game heading into the bye week in each of the last two seasons, a trend they’d like to stop today. For more on that and how the post-bye schedule shapes up, check out this week’s “One Last Look.”

In the NFC North: The Packers’ closest pursuer in the division, the Minnesota Vikings, were beating the Kansas City Chiefs at the time of this posting. Should the Vikings hold on, they would improve to 3-2, meaning the Packers could stay two games ahead in the loss column (three in the win column) with a win of their own.

Elsewhere in the division, the Lions were hosting the Bears and looking for their first win. Detroit was leading at the time of posting, so a win would improve the Lions to 1-5 and drop the Bears to 2-4.

If the Bears were to win and the Vikings were to lose, Chicago would move into second place in the division.

TV map: Here is today’s TV map for the late-afternoon CBS broadcast window, courtesy of 506sports.com:

 


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