Davante Adams targeted; Quinten Rollins shows well

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on August 13, 2015 – 8:02 pm

150813-ask-vic-halfNick from Seattle, WA

Vic, the first team red zone offense did not look good.

The first team red zone offense was throw the ball for Davante Adams. Nearly all of the first quarter offense was throw the ball for Adams. It appeared to me Adams was under the microscope, especially when Malcolm Butler was in the game.

Daryl from Springfield, MO

I really want to see the ball run in when we are close to the goal line.

You’re not getting it. It’s about evaluation.

Sean from Saint Paul, MN

I think I’d take an improved red zone offense against good defenses over improved special teams.

You’re not getting it either.

Lucas from São Paulo, Brazil

Vic, what are your thoughts on the Packers going for many fourth downs in the first quarter?

The more plays you can run, the more tape you’ll have to evaluate players.

Joel from Omaha, NE

Vic, where was the breakdown on the Jonas Gray touchdown and the 2-point conversion?

On the touchdown run, I saw Nate Palmer get caught inside and cut. On the 2-point conversion, the Packers’ whole right side was absent. I don’t know what happened other than they were influenced in the other direction.

Rudy from Phoenix, AZ

Vic, I noticed Andrew Quarless got the start over Richard Rodgers. Did that surprise you at all? Are the Packers possibly expecting a Quarless suspension, so they want to give Quarless as much time as possible with Aaron Rodgers before the regular season?

Maybe they wanted to evaluate him with Aaron Rodgers and the first team offense. Everything in preseason games is about evaluation. If you want to evaluate a receiver, the best way to do so is with Rodgers throwing him the ball. Maybe next week Richard Rodgers will be the starter so they can get a read on where he is in his development. Don’t read too much into who’s starting. Try to get a feel for who’s under the microscope.

Doug from St. Germain, WI

Vic, you aren’t kidding about never having enough linebackers. The Packers came into this game thin at LB and now Hubbard went down. They’re already having issues with containment.

Linebacker is the dominant position in a 3-4 defense. I’d like to see some splash plays from that position in the second half. That’s the expectation that goes with that position.

Jacob from Green Bay, WI

Jayrone Elliott is again making a case for why he deserves to be on the roster. He’s picking up where he left off last August.

If Clay Matthews is going to play inside, there’s a big opportunity for somebody to get pass-rush time on the outside. If Elliott does in this preseason what he did last summer, he can become that pass rusher.

Tom from Wauwatosa, WI

Nice to see Janis catch a touchdown pass. What caught your eye in the first half?

Quinten Rollins’ consecutive pass defenses. That’s exactly what I wanted to see in this game. I think Rollins is the real deal.

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