Aaron Rodgers nearly perfect as Packers lead Rams, 7-0

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on August 16, 2014 – 3:40 pm

Packers QB Aaron RodgersST. LOUIS–Any questions about Aaron Rodgers’ regular-season readiness were answered on the Packers’ opening drive of the game. Rodgers drove the Packers 86 yards in 12 plays. He was six of six for 47 yards and a touchdown in the drive, and the Packers led the Rams, 7-0, after one quarter of play at the Edward Jones Dome on Saturday.

Eddie Lacy opened the game with a 13-yard run. From the no-huddle offense, Rodgers went to work in his first action of the preseason. He scrambled for a first down at the Packers 45-yard line and then pitched a completion to Jarrett Boykin that carried across midfield.

Rodgers pitched a 9-yard completion to Randall Cobb to the Rams 33, and then Rodgers dumped the ball to Lacy for 18 yards to the Rams 15. Lacy circled left end for seven yards to the Rams eight. The Packers faced third-and-one from the Rams 6-yard line; Lacy converted.

On second down, Rodgers slid to his right and found Cobb in the back of the end zone for a touchdown and a 7-0 lead following Mason Crosby’s PAT kick.

Rams quarterback Sam Bradford moved his offense across midfield with a couple of pass completions. Two runs lost three yards and Bradford faced third-and-13. A short completion forced fourth-and-3 at the Packers 43. Bradford converted with 5-yard completion, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix in coverage.

The Packers allowed no more yardage, swarming to the ball to force a Rams punt. The Packers took possession at their 7-yard line with 3:02 to play in the first quarter.

Rodgers went right back to work, hitting Cobb for 21 yards and a first down. A quick pitch to Brandon Bostick gained nine yards, as Bostick bounced off two tacklers.

Still in the no-huddle, Rodgers pitched a completion to Boykin for eight yards and a first down. Rodgers then found Andrew Quarless down the right sideline for 35 yards to the Rams 12-yard line. That play ended the quarter.

Rodgers finished the quarter having completed 10 of 12 passes for 121 yards and one touchdown.





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Cobb, Matthews and Bush are Saturday’s captains

Posted by Duke Bobber on August 16, 2014 – 11:00 am

As per team tradition, the Packers select game captains each week.  Today’s captains will be WR Randall Cobb (offense), LB Clay Matthews (defense) and CB Jarrett Bush (special teams).

As per team tradition, the Packers select game captains each week.  Today’s captains will be WR Randall Cobb (offense), LB Clay Matthews (defense) and CB Jarrett Bush (special teams).

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Packers-Rams post-game quotes

Posted by Duke Bobber on August 18, 2013 – 12:54 am

Green Bay Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy

(On injuries)
“(TE) Matthew Mulligan had an arm injury and did not return. That is all I have to report at this time.”

(On the game)
“As far as an overview of the game, I thought that the football team took a step forward tonight. We obviously still have a lot to work on. I thought the offense moved the football. We need to focus on getting the ball in the end zone this week. We took care of the football, we had the one fumble on the ground during the fourth quarter but it was reversed. Defensively, I felt good about our defense, particularly on the third downs and their ability to keep them out of the end zone. On special teams we were able to get a number of kicks for both Mason (Crosby) and Giorgio (Tavecchio) so that we can continue that evaluation. I feel like the productivity and the opportunity on a number of different fronts gives us the chance to evaluate and move into preseason week number three. Overall, I think like I said to start off, we took a step forward but we still have a lot of work to do.”

(On the play and interception of DT Johnny Jolly)
“You go back to his play in college and when he played in the earlier years for us, he is a very instinctive football player. I don’t know the specific statistics of how many batted balls he has had in his career. With his hand-eye coordination, for him to make a play like that in that particular defense, he is the perfect guy for a role like that. It was obviously a big play to keep them out of the end zone. It speaks a lot to Johnny Jolly’s case to make our football team. When I talk about the team taking a step forward, I think Johnny taking a step. We are starting to see the player that was here a few years back. I am very happy for his individual success here tonight.”

(On the play of RB Eddie Lacy)
“If you go back to his college film and his ability to not waste any steps, that is something that I have always looked for in a runner, particularly a good north and south and with his body type. We wanted to give him some opportunities. We visited with him before the game. I wanted to make sure that he was all the way back from his injury and I think that was evident tonight. He clearly took advantage of his opportunities.”

(On the play of QB B.J. Coleman)
“B.J. did a good job. He had a couple of plays that he wished he could get back, but I thought that he saw pressure from their defense and did a couple of things at the line of scrimmage. He needs to settle down still a little bit more, but he improved today.”

(On watching the kickers in a live game time situation)
“It is a kicking competition and it is important for both of them to improve off of film. The opportunity did not present itself last week and frankly I think that it was important to get them the opportunity. I think the way the game was played will reflect that. We will continue to let those guys battle it out. We will try to kick to them as much as we can on the six-day week as we lead up to Seattle.”

(On the #2 quarterback selection and evaluations)
“You can say that at the quarterback position, on the cornerback position, you can say that at the right tackle position. This is the time that the individual that the guy who will be in that position to jump forward. This what usually happens in the second or third preseason week.”

(On QB Graham Harrell)
“I thought he was better this week than he was last week, but I thought that his ability on some things that we had really been stressing with Graham – his play out of the pocket, his transition from in-pocket to the out of pocket phase and I thought he did a good job.

(On the play of QB Aaron Rodgers)
“I thought that Aaron was very sharp. I took the ball out of his hands in a couple of situation that I wouldn’t do on a normal Sunday. I thought he was sharp and kept us in key plays.”

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers

(On his performance tonight)
“It was okay. It was frustrating not getting in the end zone. But, I’m going to highlight a couple of guys I thought that played really well. On our side of the ball, Jermichael (Finley) was awesome. He’s had a great spring, summer and camp and I’m excited about his progress moving forward and the role he’s going to play in our offense. We need to find more ways to get him the ball, Eddie Lacey as well. Eddie was in there working with the first group. He did a nice job being on the same page as a rookie and ran the ball really well.”

(On Eddie Lacy being a quality running back)
“I think we’ve had quality running backs here in the past. It’s just a matter of doing a better job of scheme that fits our personnel and the game up front and making the most of the athleticism we have with those guys. And then we have a back that has very good patience in Eddie. But there are six guys who have run the ball really well in camp. I think it’s a fun competition to watch and we’ll see what happens moving forward, but Eddie had a good night.”

(On his other observations tonight)
“I like our team. We’re a young team with a lot of energy that’s exciting to see the guys and their personality. I felt there was more life on the sideline tonight. We actually scored some points tonight and the defense was playing great. One moment that sticks out more than any tonight was Johnny Jolly having an interception. I was jumping up and down running down the sidelines and I know James Jones was doing the same thing. There were probably 25 guys on the field congratulating him and that just says a lot about his presence, his personality, the way the guys feel about him and how happy were are to have him back and he played great tonight.”

Packers RB Eddie Lacy

(On his performance tonight)
“I felt good tonight. It was my first night out there with the number one offense in a real live situation and I felt as though I did a good job tonight.”

(On the Green Bay offense)
“We came out and played a lot more physical in this game. We didn’t like the way things went in the last game and we wanted to come out and be different and take a step in the right direction and we did that tonight.”

(On getting an opportunity to play)
“I was just happy to be out there and to be a part of what we’re building here this season. I did make a couple of great runs, but the offensive line did a great job and I made good reads. But I’m just out here to contribute and the coaches are going to play who they want to play.”

(On his comfort level playing tonight)
“I was nervous at first, but after the first hit I got a lot more comfortable and then just let the game come to me.”

(On if he brings something extra to the Green Bay offense)
“I’ll watch it on tape and see how things went out there. But for me I thought I did a great job and I hope to continue to do the same thing.”

Packers LB Clay Matthews

(On his thoughts regarding the team’s performance)
“I definitely think we took a step in the right direction. We aim to win every game around here. Obviously, preseason is a little different, but with that being said, we came out (last week) and defensively, we gave up a few too many points and had a letdown. But tonight, I thought we took a step in the right direction with the victory. We had a goal-line stand, so I think we did some things out there. We definitely took a step in the right direction.”

(On coming up with key stops in the red zone)
“Last week, we didn’t do so well in certain situations, but this week we gave up a deep ball down to the five-yard line and we were able to keep them out so we feel good about that. We improved on the areas from last week where we had some letdowns, so that’s what’s important right now. We have two more games, obviously. The Week 3 matchup is our biggest as far as seeing where your team is at, so we’ll see. I know I continue to say it, but we took a step in the right direction.”

(On his thoughts on the offense’s performance)
“We saw that last week. Aaron (Rodgers) played limited snaps last week and I know we had the ball at the goal line and we were unable to punch it in. It’s unfortunate, but ultimately they looked good. They looked real good. We know with Aaron in charge it’s going to be for defenses to not allow them to put points on the board, so anytime you’ve got him back there with the offense we have, it should be a good day for us.”

Packers TE Jermichael Finley

(On how it felt to have so many balls coming his way today)
“It felt good. It comes out from the chemistry that I have with ‘12’ (QB Aaron Rodgers). It’s started off pretty good.”

(On how he can maintain that level of chemistry with Rodgers)
“Catch the ball and run your routes.”

(On if it was part of the game plan to funnel the ball to Finley today)
“No. That’s just how it’s been going lately and I guess everything’s coming ten-fold.”

(On how much of his success is due to an increased focus on maintaining a vision of the whole field)
“I would say all of it. You’ve got to look out and see what you’ve got and ‘12’ has put it on me the last couple weekends, so we got hot.”

(On if yards after the catch is a focus for him this year)
“Yeah, that’s one of my focuses. I mean, that’s how I want to be. I want to catch it and do something after it, so I’ve been working on that, and it’s coming. It’s all coming into place, so we’ll see what we’ve got for the next two preseason games.”

(On his thoughts on where the offense is after being able to move the ball consistently tonight)
“I think that’s one aspect of our game on the offensive side that we need to do, which is finish. We need to be able to put points on the board and keep driving the ball like we are, but when we get in the red zone, we need to make it count.”

Packers LB A.J. Hawk

(On where the Packers are as a defensive unit right now)
“We’re definitely not where we want to be, but going from last week to this week, we improved a bit. It was good to have a lot of different situations tonight. We got down there on the goal line and had a couple of good goal line stands. We were happy to get off the field there and stop them on fourth down. Overall, we would have loved the shutout, but it’s tough to get shutouts in the NFL, we know that much. We’re a work in progress, for sure.”

(On if it’s difficult to gauge a unit’s progress in preseason games)
“A little bit, but when you’ve been around and you judge your preseason, it’s still football. That’s the great thing about football. This isn’t like other sports. You can’t go out there like a preseason basketball game and just loaf around the field. If you’re on the field, you’re playing hard. Everybody is, so I think you get a good gauge of where you’re at.”

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Coleman TD pass caps Packers 19-7 win

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on August 17, 2013 – 10:18 pm

Packers QB Aaron RodgersST. LOUIS-Aaron Rodgers threw for 134 yards in a little more than a quarter of action, but it was backup quarterback B.J. Coleman who led the Packers’ only touchdown drive of the preseason to date, in a 19-7 win over the St. Louis Rams on Saturday night at the Edward Jones Dome.

Coleman became the fourth Packers quarterback to play in the game when he replaced Vince Young early in the fourth quarter. Coleman then led a 13-play, 75-yard drive he capped with a 9-yard touchdown pass to rookie tight end Jake Stoneburner. Coleman was quarterbacking an offense of third-team reserves against wholesale Rams substitutions on defense.

The Packers held a 12-0 lead heading into the fourth quarter, as Mason Crosby kicked three field goals and Giorgio Tavecchio kicked one.

Coleman might have rejoined the battle for the backup quarterback job with his performance on Saturday. He completed eight of 13 passes for 86 yards. Graham Harrell was five of 10 for 44 and Young was five of nine for 26.

The game was dominated by the Packers defense, which made two goal-line stands, but the Packers lost their shutout bid in the final minute of the game when the Rams engineered a garbage-time touchdown drive.

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Packers hold 12-0 lead after three quarters

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on August 17, 2013 – 9:23 pm

Packers LB Andy Mulumba

ST. LOUIS–Defense continued to be the Packers’ strong suit through three quarters of Saturday’s game. The visitors held a 12-0 lead following Mason Crosby’s third field goal of the game.

A Jarrett Bush interception of a pass tipped by Johnny Jolly left the Packers at the Rams 29-yard line early in the third quarter. Vince Young, who replaced Graham Harrell at quarterback, missed wide receiver Myles White at the goal line on the first play following the interception. Two plays later, Young found White in the back of the end zone, but White was ruled not to have gotten his feet down in bounds. Another pass to White failed to move the chains, and Crosby came on to kick a 30-yard field goal that was partially blocked.

Rookie linebacker Andy Mulumba poured in on quarterback Kellen Clemens for the Packers’ first sack of the game and the Packers stopped another Rams possession, but a Rams punt was accidentally touched by Packers rookie Brandon Smith and the Rams recovered at the Packers 10-yard line with about eight minutes to play in the third quarter.

That’s when the Packers defense got tough again; remember all those skirmishes in training camp? On third-and-goal from the 5-yard line, defensive line Johnny Jolly intercepted a Clemens pass that skipped through the hands of cornerback Loyce Means, killing another Rams drive near the goal line.

Field position was clearly in the Rams’ favor when the Packers began a drive at their 1-yard line, but Young converted a third-and-one play with a naked bootleg run, and the Packers had breathing room. Young showed signs of growth in the Packers offense, in just his second week with the team.

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Packers-Rams halftime quotes

Posted by Duke Bobber on August 17, 2013 – 9:19 pm

GREEN BAY PACKERS vs. ST. LOUIS RAMS, Aug. 17, 2013, at St. Louis

(on his impression of the team in the first half) “Well, I thought the defense did a heck of a job keeping them out of the end zone. Real impressed with our defense being able to do it on third down. One thing missing from the game is we need to take the football away, either from our coverage units or defensively. So offense, put the ball in the end zone. First downs, taking care of the football, we’re doing that. I think we’ve had a solid first half.”

(on Eddie Lacy’s first-half performance) “Yeah, you know it’s great to have Eddie back healthy. You know that’s number one. He felt good out there and did some good things. So obviously we wanted to look at the run game tonight. I feel good about the way it was blocked and we’ll take a look at the video.”

(on moving the ball but only coming away with six points) “Yeah, it was frustrating missing on those third-and-ones, but there were a lot of positives. Jermichael (Finley) carried over what he has been doing in practice. He’s big and athletic and he’s playing very fast right now. He’s going to be a big weapon for us. Jarrett (Boykin) stepped up and made a nice catch. We’ve just got to finish off those drives off with touchdowns.”

(on how the offensive line handled the test of coming into a road environment) “The noise wasn’t like a regular-season game, but I thought they did a good job. David (Bakhtiari) is going to have a tough test every week on that side. (Robert) Quinn is soon to be one of the premier pass rushers in the league and I think he did a pretty good job on him. He obviously let him beat him inside on the one, but I thought the tempo was good, the protection for the most part was good, and we moved the ball well.”

(on Lacy’s performance) “Eddie is a talented guy. He just needs to stay healthy and get more opportunities. He’s a big-time player with a bright future in front of him if he can stay in the moment and not get content and continue to do the things he is doing. He’s very gifted.”

(on the first-team offense) “We felt good out there. We got the running game going early and then that opened up the passing game. We’re feeling good right now.”

(on the rhythm he is in with Rodgers) “That just comes with talking off the field, just getting things right. We talk a lot and we’ve just got that chemistry going. I feel like we have got it but there are always things to work on and always things to improve on.”

(on the frustration of only coming away with six points) “Yeah, the first group will go in and we’ll dissect the series we had. We’ve got to finish and put the ball in the end zone.”

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Packers defense pitching shutout in St. Louis

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on August 17, 2013 – 8:33 pm

Packers K Mason CrosbyST. LOUIS–Aaron Rodgers completed 10 of 12 passes for 134 yards in a little more than a quarter of work, and the Packers held a 9-0 lead over the St. Louis Rams at halftime of Saturday’s preseason game at the Edward Jones Dome.

A 33-yard pass from Rodgers to Jermichael Finley got the Packers rolling early in the second quarter. Eddie Lacy followed with a powerful run of 11 yards. On third-and-five from the Rams 21, Rodgers was sacked by Robert Quinn. Mason Crosby was then good from 48 yards, his second field goal of the game, which gave him an early lead in his competition with Giorgio Tavecchio.

Cornerback Davon House atoned for having been beaten a couple of times in the Packers’ preseason opener last week by knocking away a pass while in tight coverage on a third-down play. That play helped give the Packers the ball at their 35 following a Rams punt. At that point, Rodgers was replaced at quarterback by Graham Harrell with 9:38 to play in the first half.

Harrell avoided an interception on his first play when the Rams were flagged for pass interference. Tight end D.J. Williams didn’t help Harrell’s cause by dropping a perfectly thrown deep pass up the seam. A play later, tight end Brandon Bostick hauled in a 13-yard dart by Harrell. A drop by wide receiver Tyrone Walker, his first of two, didn’t help matters, and Harrell’s first series ended with a Tim Masthay punt.

The Packers went to a mixture of ones and twos on defense midway through the second quarter, but there was no falloff in the defense’s play. Rookie cornerback Micah Hyde got credit for another pass defensed and continued his strong play. Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein missed wide to the right from 50 yards and the Packers defense continued to pitch a shutout.

Green Bay scored its third field goal of the game when Tavecchio hit from 38 yards with two seconds left on the first-half clock.

Lacy carried eight times for 40 yards and displayed his power running style on a 15-yard run in the first quarter. Finley led the Packers in receiving in the first half with four catches for 78 yards. Rodgers threw wide of Finley on a pass that offered touchdown potential on the Packers’ first drive of the game.

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Fourth-down stops help Packers hold 3-0 lead

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on August 17, 2013 – 7:41 pm

RB Eddie Lacy

ST. LOUIS–The Packers offense moved the ball but had to settle for a Mason Crosby field goal and a 3-0 lead over the St. Louis Rams after one quarter of play at the Edward Jones Dome on Saturday night.

The Packers offense exploded out of their one-game funk with a game-opening drive that featured the power running of rookie Edddie Lacy and the precision passing of Aaron Rodgers. Lacy followed a 25-yard pass from Rodgers to tight end Jermichael Finley by running through several defenders for 15 yards and a first down at the Rams 22-yard line.

On third-and-one at the 13, Lacy carried around left end for what was a gain of seven yards, but the play was nullified by a holding penalty against Finley. The Packers had to settle for a field goal attempt by Crosby, who split the uprights from 34 yards.

Rookie cornerback Micah Hyde helped stall the Rams’ promising first drive of the game by nailing running back Isaiah Pead for a 6-yard loss. The Rams failed on a fourth-and-five play, turning the ball over to the Packers at their 36-yard line.

Rodgers went right to work on his second series of the game by completing a 26-yard pass to wide receiver Jarrett Boykin, who broke two tackles on the play. On second-and-one, Rodgers missed a wide open Finley up the seam, and on third-and-one Lacy was tackled for a 2-yard loss, as the Rams defensive line penetrated into the backfield to disrupt the flow of the play. Kicker Giorgio Tacvecchio then missed on a 49-yard field goal attempt, wide to the left.

The Rams took possession at their 39-yard line and on the first play from scrimmage quarterback Sam Bradford hit wide receiver Chris Givens in stride with a 57-yard bomb. Givens had beaten Hyde, who was in single coverage.

Hyde recovered to make a nice stop on a second-and-goal pass completion at the 2-yard line, and the Packers defensive line forced a fourth-and-goal play by stopping Pead at the 1-yard line on third down. Bradford fumbled the snap from center on fourth down and the Packers retained their 3-0 lead.

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Sideline Pass: Behind-the-scenes photos from #GBvsSTL

Posted by Duke Bobber on August 17, 2013 – 7:21 pm

Packers players, coaches and staff deplane at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport Friday afternoon

The team arrives at Edward Jones Dome on Saturday

DT B.J. Raji on the sidelines before Saturday night’s game

The offensive and defensive lines in pregame warmups

The Packers head into the locker room before kickoff

RB Eddie Lacy looks to get his first NFL game action Saturday night

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Packers-Rams scratches

Posted by Duke Bobber on August 17, 2013 – 5:46 pm

The following players have been ruled out for tonight’s Green Bay Packers-St. Louis Rams preseason game at Edward Jones Dome.

Green Bay PackersGreen Bay Packers
16 WR Kevin Dorsey
17 WR Charles Johnson
18 WR Randall Cobb
26 RB DuJuan Harris
28 S Sean Richardson
29 CB Casey Hayward
38 CB Tramon Williams
73 T JC Tretter
75 T Bryan Bulaga
78 T Derek Sherrod
81 TE Andrew Quarless
82 TE Ryan Taylor
87 WR Jordy Nelson
95 DE Datone Jones
99 DE Jerel Worthy

St. Louis Rams
27 S Matt Giordano
30 RB Zac Stacy
54 LB Jabara Williams
57 LB Sammy Brown
64o OL Sean Hooey
76 T Rodger Saffold
97 DE Eugene Sims


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