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Rams At Packers: Preseason Points Of Emphasis

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Rams At Packers: Preseason Week 4

Lambeau Field will welcome in the Los Angeles Rams as the final opponent of the Packers’ preseason schedule. Growth has been seen for Green Bay at various levels throughout these early matchups. However, the team looks for improvement heading into their final contest. Few players have yet to reach the field and will look to get their feet under them prior to week one. Others will be working hard to showcase their skill in an attempt to make the final roster. The Packers have a few lingering preseason points of emphasis as a team and will look to build on them Thursday night.

Preseason Points Of Emphasis: Punt Returner

Green Bay will have a lot of decision-making to do following their final preseason game. As a result of an up and down performance from Trevor Davis, the question of who will be punt returning is still up in the air. The second-year receiver aims to lock down the job with a solid performance this week. Following a muffed punt in Washington, Davis has shown consistency and speed when returning. He sees his lanes very well and does a good job splitting seams. If Davis were to show unstable signs, then the Packers would turn to veteran Randall Cobb. Though he has made plays as a receiver, a solid night returning punts could assure Davis a spot on the roster.

Preseason Points Of Emphasis: Running Backs

Green Bay’s running back core is headlined by Ty Montgomery, then becomes a wash on the depth chart. This has been a main focus for the team this preseason but has been yielding little positive results. After taking three running backs in the 2017 NFL Draft, the Packers have reaped little reward for the venture. Jamaal Williams, Devante Mays, and Aaron Jones have carried the ball a combined 39 times for 112 yards. That is just 2.9 yards-per-carry and without Jones’ 28-yard rush last week, that average drops to 2.2 yards. Look for one of these players to solidify a roster spot come Thursday night.

Preseason Points Of Emphasis: Defense (Defensive Backs)

The defense has been lackluster at best in the Aaron Rodgers era. Last season saw the defensive backs consistently torched. The team must force more turnovers, but find the biggest hole to be in the yardage given up. Davon House is healthy enough to get his first taste of preseason play. Kevin King has shown great strides on the outside in his first year. He will need to show more going forward, but could still end up as a starter. Cornerback Josh Hawkins will look to lock down a roster spot as well. Hawkins has been consistent in coverage as well as a sure tackler. However, the defense will not have the likes of Vince Biegel, as he continues to rehab. Dean Lowry returns to the defensive line for the first time since injuring his knee in Washington.

In Conclusion

Packers returning from injury will look to get into form quickly. Meanwhile, the new draft picks will scratch and claw for position on the depth chart to close the preseason. Ultimately, every player will hope to make the 53 man cut and have their chance to shine come week one.