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Late rally by Titans deals Packers 20-16 loss

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on August 9, 2014 – 9:56 pm

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NASHVILLE–The Tennessee Titans went 80 yards in five plays to score the game-winning touchdown in a 20-16 win over the Packers at LP Field on Saturday night.

Packers undrafted rookie linebacker Korey Jones intercepted a Zach Mettenberger pass with 8:33 to play and Mason Crosby kicked a 32-yard field goal that gave the Packers a 16-13 lead, but Mettenberger roared back with two big completions that moved the ball from the Titans’ 20 to inside the Packers’ 10.

Titans running back Jackie Battle ran seven yards for a touchdown with 5:02 to play, and the Titans had their first lead of the night.

Pass interference against the Titans on a Chase Rettig pass for Alex Gillett moved the ball 41 yards to the Titans 43. On third-and-10, Rettig found rookie tight end Justin Perillo for a first down at the Titans’ 32. LaDarius Perkins gained eight yards to the 24, second-and-one, with 1:56 to play.

The Packers faced a third-and-one with the clock ticking. Perkins was stopped for no gain, fourth-and-one. Rettig’s pass for Kevin Dorsey was incomplete.

The fourth quarter was the only quarter of the game not played in rain, but the quarter was dominated by the depths of each team’s roster.

Starting quarterback Matt Flynn completed five of 10 passes for 49 yards. His replacement, Scott Tolzien, was eight of 12 for 124 yards.

Running back James Starks rushed six times for 49 yards and rookie Rajion Neal gained 39 yards on five carries.

The Packers take an 0-1 record to St. Louis for game two of the preseason next Saturday.

 


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Packers, Titans tied 13-13 after three quarters

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on August 9, 2014 – 9:17 pm

Packers TE Andrew Quarless

NASHVILLE–The Packers went 79 yards in seven plays on their first possession of the second half, but the Titans followed with a touchdown drive that left the teams tied, 13-13, following three quarters of play at rainy LP Field.

Quarterbacking an offense featuring second- and third-stringers, Scott Tolzien pitched a 17-yard pass to Chris Harper, and rookie running back Rajion Neal followed with a 15-yard run. Two plays later, Tolzien found Harper for 38 yards down the left sideline to the Titans 20-yard line.

On second-and-two, Neal scored on a 12-yard run and the Packers had a 13-6 lead with 7:59 to play in the third quarter. The Packers went for two points and failed when Tolzien’s pass for Harper fell short of its mark.

Tennessee’s biggest play of the second half was a pass interference penalty against Green Bay’s Demetri Goodson that put the Titans at the Packers 43. Quarterback Charlie Whitehurst followed with an 18-yard strike to the Packers 25. On consecutive carries, rookie running back Bishop Sankey moved the ball to the Packers 8-yard line.

On third-and-five from the 5-yard line, Whitehurst pitched to Sankey, who was all alone in the right flat. The Titans’ PAT kick was low and wobbly, but it tied the game at 13-13 with 2:32 to play in the third quarter.

Tolzien roared back with a sharp pass to Alex Gillett that gained 21 yards and then Tolzien converted a third-and-five with a completion to Kevin Dorsey at the Titans 39. Another completion to Dorsey left the Packers at the Titans’ 33 as the quarter came to an end.

 

 

 

 


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Ask Vic Halftime: Scheme has nothing to do with it

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on August 9, 2014 – 8:26 pm

ask-vic-half-cenex-600-REVISEWilliam from Ahoskie, NC
Vic, I’m 31, 150 pounds soaking wet, and possess maybe average speed. However, I can call for a fair catch and field it cleanly every time. Will you put in a good word for me with Ted. I’ll except the league minimum.

Big, fast, angry men are running at you, yelling terrible things at you as you look up into the sky. Sure, you’d catch it.

Tyler from Menomonie, WI
Football doesn’t stop. No matter the conditions, the show must always go on. Have you ever been part of a game that has been called off? Who called it off?

It was the 1976 College All-Star Game. The skies opened up and there was lightning and thunder and everybody left and nobody came back, including the teams and the fans. It would be the last-ever College All-Star Game.

Teg from San Luis Obispo, CA
Vic, do you think the mixture of the short dump-off passes and runs up the middle we have seen in the first half of the Titans preseason game will be a trend throughout the regular season in setting up the deep ball play-action for Nelson/Cobb? I see virtually nothing for the TE game other than run/pass protection on the offensive line.

Never, ever consider scheme in a preseason game. Coaches do everything they can not to do in a preseason game what they will do in a regular season game.

Dylan from Wilkes Barre, PA
Vic, the run game has jumped out so far, but what individual on defense has done it most for you?

It’s Clay Matthews. I was encouraged by what I saw.

Randy from Eagle, WI
I am having a hard time seeing with the rain. Who’s looking sharp, Vic?

James Starks was outstanding. He’s picked up right where he left off last season. He was about to go to Pittsburgh for a free-agent visit when the Packers signed him to a new contract. Remember that. I think re-signing Starks is real big.

Jason from Syracuse, NY
What are your impressions now of moving the PAT back, after seeing the first half of the game?

It might have merit.

Ben from London, Ontario
How badly do you think those muffed punts are gonna hurt Adams?

They won’t help. A coach must have confidence in his return man to catch the ball. It’s that simple. Catching the ball cleanly and securing it in the rain would’ve been a perfect way for Adams to gain his coach’s trust.

Anne from Auburndale, WI
Vic, as the camera pans around the stadium for this first preseason game, I have to wonder how many people showed for the game? I see the rain is heavy, but there are a lot of empty seats out there.

LP Field is half full; that’s a kind assessment. Anne, this isn’t Green Bay. This is the real world. A lot of teams don’t have the history, tradition, fan base and championship-season hopes the Packers have. The Titans franchise lost its founder and owner, Bud Adams, and it’s trying to get back to where it was in the Steve McNair years. Nashville is a good town. Pro football prospered here once before and it’ll prosper again.

Jason fronm Friesland, WI
Vic, are you dry?

I’m dry, but I wouldn’t be dry if I was sitting a few feet to my left. That position has been vacated and a bucket now sits on the desk top to collect water dripping from above.

 

 


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Packers take 7-6 lead into halftime vs. Titans

Posted by Mike Spofford on August 9, 2014 – 8:25 pm

Packers QB Matt FlynnNASHVILLE — The rain stopped and started again in the second quarter at LP Field in Nashville, but the score didn’t change as the Packers took a 7-6 lead into halftime on Saturday night.

The Packers had good field position at the 50 after a shanked punt, but QB Matt Flynn fumbled the snap on first down and the drive went nowhere.

On their next possession, the Packers moved inside the Titans’ 35-yard line following a 23-yard catch-and-run by TE Brandon Bostick, but an offensive pass interference penalty on WR Jarrett Boykin on the next snap stalled things, leading to another punt.

Tennessee had one potential scoring drive, converting a third-and-2 with a scramble and throw by QB Charlie Whitehurst to RB Bishop Sankey for a 23-yard gain. That put the Titans at the Green Bay 25. But a sack by CB Jarrett Bush on a slot blitz pushed the Titans out of field goal range, and they were forced to punt in the final minute of the half.

Scott Tolzien came in for the final Packers series, and he moved the offense across midfield but was sacked on the final play of the half.


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Packers cling to 7-6 lead following one quarter in Nashville

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on August 9, 2014 – 7:41 pm

Packers RB James StarksNASHVILLE–A missed extra point attempt by the Titans was the difference in a 7-6 score following one quarter of play at LP Field on Saturday night.

DuJuan Harris returned the opening kickoff 40 yards and the Packers started at their 36. Matt Flynn was the starting quarterback and James Starks the starting running back, as Aaron Rodgers, Eddie Lacy and Jordy Nelson were given the night off. The game began in a heavy rain that began during pregame.

Flynn completed a pass to rookie tight end Richard Rodgers that gained 10 yards and a first down at the Titans 38. The Packers faced third-and-three and James Starks exploded off left tackle for 11 yards to the Titans 20. Starks followed that run with a 20-yard touchdown burst up the middle and the Packers had a 7-0 lead with 10:34 to play in the first quarter. Mason Crosby’s PAT kick was from the 15, which is an experimental spot in the preseason.

The Packers defense forced a three-and-out and the Packers offense was back in business at its 22. Coach Mike McCarthy began substituting reserves into the lineup on the Packers’ second possession. The Packers failed to move the ball.

A new-emphasis holding penalty on Casey Hayward allowed the Titans their initial first down. The defensive starters remained in the game through the Titans’ second possession, which concluded with another punt, but it was fumbled away by rookie Davante Adams and the Titans recovered at the Packers’ 13. It was the second time Adams mishandled a punt.

Titans running back Shonn Greene scored on the next play, but the Titans kicker missed the point-after attempt and the Packers clung to a 7-6 lead with 4:22 to play in the first quarter.

Harris rushed for 11 yards and a first down on the Packers’ next possession, but the drive stalled and the Packers were forced to punt.

 

 

 


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Pregame warmup: Aaron Rodgers, Eddie Lacy, Jordy Nelson healthy scratches

Posted by Mike Spofford on August 9, 2014 – 5:44 pm

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NASHVILLE — Another (pre)season is about to begin, and against a familiar August foe.

The Packers are at LP Field in Nashville to take on the Tennessee Titans tonight. The two teams haven’t met in the preseason since 2009, but that last meeting finished a string of eight consecutive years the Packers and Titans went head-to-head in August.

Here’s the latest on tonight’s matchup:

Starters sitting: For the Packers, QB Aaron Rodgers, RB Eddie Lacy and WR Jordy Nelson will not play. They are healthy scratches. Replacing them in the starting lineup are QB Matt Flynn, RB James Starks and WR Jarrett Boykin.

Injury update: Seven players on the Packers roster did not make the trip to Nashville due to injuries. They are S Tanner Miller, S Morgan Burnett, TE Colt Lyerla, OL Don Barclay, WR Jared Abbrederis, DL Letroy Guion and DL Jerel Worthy. The injuries to Barclay and Abbrederis are season-ending.

Burnett’s absence puts a significant spotlight on the safety position, as converted CB Micah Hyde will get his first game action at safety, and first-round draft pick Ha Ha Clinton-Dix will make his pro debut. Reserve safeties Sean Richardson and Chris Banjo also have earned praise from the coaching staff during camp, making safety one of the most competitive positions on the roster.

For a rundown on key storylines and players to watch tonight, check out packers.com’s companion preview stories on the offense and defense.

Hot weather: Temperatures at kickoff are expected to be in the mid-80s, which is higher than the Packers have had for any of their training camp practices thus far. There are also scattered thunderstorms in the area, with precipitation chances of around 50 percent during the game.

On the road again: Next week, the Packers will be back on the road for a Saturday afternoon preseason game in St. Louis. Green Bay will then play its final two preseason contests at home, against Oakland and Kansas City.

Send in your questions: Vic Ketchman will write “Ask Vic Halftime” tonight, so send in your questions by clicking here.

 

 

 


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Mike McCarthy wants ‘players to jump out’ on Saturday

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on August 7, 2014 – 1:36 pm

140807-banjo-300GREEN BAY–Coach Mike McCarthy wants to be impressed on Saturday night.

“I’m looking for players to jump out. I want someone to jump out and do what they’re supposed to do and with energy and efficiency so you say I want to give that player more opportunity,” McCarthy said on Thursday when asked about Saturday’s preseason opener in Nashville against the Titans.

Safety is one of those positions where competition will be featured, and McCarthy praised two safeties from the deeper reaches of that competition.

“Sean Richardson has had a helluva training camp. Sean has done a lot of good things. You could say the same thing about Chris Banjo,” McCarthy said, adding, “I look at Morgan Burnett as a starter.”

Burnett has been sidelined by an oblique injury and is one of seven players that won’t make the trip to Nashville. McCarthy said he plans to play young reserves throughout the fourth quarter, to aid General Manager Ted Thompson in his personnel evaluations.

“We want to make sure we’re getting as much information and creating as much opportunity as possible for these guys,” McCarthy said.

The coach is also excited for the opportunity the game will afford him.

“I’m excited to go call a game. It’s awesome to call a football game in the NFL. I have to get back into the rhythm,” he said.

Packers.com has provided a full report following locker room interviews.


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Mike McCarthy confirms Don Barclay has torn ACL

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on August 6, 2014 – 2:32 pm

140806-sherrod-300GREEN BAY–Coach Mike McCarthy confirmed tackle Don Barclay sustained a torn ACL in Tuesday’s practice.

The news of Barclay’s injury, which likely has ended his season, shines a bright light on Derek Sherrod. He was a first-round pick in 2011 but suffered a broken leg late in his rookie season that left him in a two-year recovery mode. Now, Sherrod is back, and just in time.

How does he compare today to before his injury?

“That’s a great question. He’s definitely different. He’s definitely stronger. As far as the movement, that’s better asked of him,” McCarthy said.

Sherrod worked at left and right tackle on Wednesday and might do the same on Saturday night in Tennessee, when the Packers open the preseason against the Titans.

Packers.com has provided a full practice report following locker room interviews.


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Jeff Janis excites crowd with one-handed touchdown catch

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on August 6, 2014 – 1:02 pm

140806-janis-300GREEN BAY–Add Jeff Janis to the competition at wide receiver.

The rookie from Saginaw Valley State beat cornerback Sam Shields to make a one-handed touchdown catch of a Scott Tolzien pass in the back-left corner of the end zone in Wednesday’s practice. Janis, a seventh-round draft pick, had missed the first week of training camp with an illness and was in his first day of full participation on Wednesday. His catch got the loudest cheer to that point in practice.

Another rookie wide receiver, second-round pick Davante Adams, immediately followed Janis’ catch with a one-handed grab of a Matt Flynn touchdown pass.

Those were the highlight plays of the first half of practice on a warm, sunny day at Ray Nitschke Field.

Rookie tight end Richard Rodgers and second-year linebacker Nate Palmer engaged in a spirited post-play exchange early in practice, and Derek Sherrod was working at both tackle positions, seemingly as Don Barclay’s replacement at right tackle. Barclay sustained a knee injury on Tuesday and was not present at practice on Wednesday. Sherrod turned in solid pass-blocking efforts at both tackle spots against impressive rookie linebacker Jayrone Elliott.

Safety Morgan Burnett (oblique) did not practice.

Packers.com will provide a report during Coach Mike McCarthy’s press conference.

 


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Ted Thompson happy to welcome Brett Favre back to Green Bay

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on August 6, 2014 – 11:03 am

140806-thompson-300GREEN BAY–Count Ted Thompson among Packers fans happy to welcome Brett Favre back to Lambeau Field.

“I think it’s great. It feels comfortable that we now have a plan and we’re going to do things a certain way,” the Packers general manager said on Wednesday.

“What he’s done for this place is remarkable. I was here in ’92 when Ron (Wolf) acquired Brett. We sort of grew up with the Packers. We’re happy all of that other stuff has been put aside and let’s go forward with the relationship.”

Thompson met with reporters in his weekly training camp press conference. He deferred comment on tackle Don Barclay’s knee injury to Coach Mike McCarthy and his post-practice press conference later in the day.

“Guys go down and other guys step up,” Thompson said.

Saturday marks the Packers’ preseason opener and Thompson will get his best look to date at his draft crop.

“Try to ascertain if the game is too big for them,” he said of what he’ll try to learn this Saturday. “Sometimes it will be in the first game but won’t be in the second game. Hopefully you make the right decisions at the end. It’s a very difficult process at the end. As you get closer, it gets harder. You can’t pull for a partricular player. It has to play itself out.”

Half jokingly, Thompson told reporters: “You guys are almost always wrong. If you were close, I’d give you credit. I’ve seen young guys read the newspaper and get all depressed. I feel bad for the guys that have to read that.

“They wrote that about me when I was with the Houston Oilers in 1975.”

Packers.com will provide a training camp look in from today’s practice, which was to begin at 11:45 a.m.

 


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