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NFL Preseason Final Cuts: Packers 24, Rams 10

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Packers 53-Man Roster Final Cuts

Lambeau Field welcomed the Los Angeles Rams to Wisconsin in typical Green Bay fashion. The Packers dominated the Rams as both starting quarterbacks were left on the sideline. While deploying a trio of quarterbacks led by Brett Hundley, the Packers focused their offensive efforts on the ground game. The defense continued to show signs of improvement, with more big plays being produced from the secondary. With final cuts around the corner, this week will help coaches carve out their 53-man roster for week one.

Packers Handle Visiting Rams In Preseason Finale

Green Bay held control for the majority of the game. A sharp defensive tone helped establish a 14-3 lead at halftime. The defense kept the Rams in check, as they were only able to produce 210 total net yards in their effort. Following a balanced offensive attack, a quick reacting defense led the Packers to their third preseason victory.

Back Up Quarterbacks

None of the Packers quarterbacks made too much noise against the Rams Thursday night. Hundley did not complete a pass past 10 yards down the field (via Pro Football Focus). Regardless of inconsistent play this preseason, Hundley has locked up the second-string position behind Aaron Rodgers. His experience topples that of Joe Callahan and Taysom Hill.

However, Taysom Hill had a solid showing in his limited time on the field. Hill produced a touchdown through the air while completing all four of his attempts. Additionally, he added another 19 yards on the ground. Callahan played a series as well. Unfortunately, he had a short showing, though he completed both of his passes for nine yards. With final cuts on the horizon, Hill seems to be the frontrunner for the number three spot. Callahan did not produce a touchdown in the preseason, while Hill had two through the air, adding another on the ground. Hill also completed 70 percent of his passes to Callahan’s 61.9 percent.

Running Backs

Ty Montgomery has established himself as the leader of the Green Bay backfield. It appears that another back has finally got his feet under him this preseason as well. Aaron Jones put together another strong showing against the Rams. He broke free for a 24-yard rush, his second 20 plus yard rush in consecutive weeks. Jones added a receiving touchdown to the stat book as well. Additionally, he is the only running back behind Montgomery to average over three yards-per-carry (5.5 ypc via Packers).

Other Packers rookie running backs continued to struggle. Many thought Jamaal Williams would lead the rookies but has averaged under 2.5 yards-per-carry without taking a rush farther than six yards. Devante Mays struggled against the Rams as well, posting just 18 yards on his six carries.


Defense has been strong during the 2017 preseason and continued that trend against the Rams. On the ground, the Packers allowed just 67 yards on 24 rushes. Adding two interceptions did not hurt the secondary’s look either.

Donatello Brown closed out an impressive preseason with another strong performance. Just 7 out of 19 passes thrown his way were completed. This preseason, Brown allowed just 57 yards total paired with a passer rating of 23.4 when thrown on. Making a case for the roster is not easy, but Brown may have found a way in prior to final cuts week one.

Ladarius Gunter ended his preseason on a strong note. Gunter was a presence early, wrapping up Dan Orlovsky and throwing him down for a sack. In a later drive, Gunter showed his quick hand as he grabbed a tipped ball for an interception.

Going forward, it will be important for the young players to build on this positive momentum. Those that make the final cuts will look to contribute and develop as week one kicks off next week.