Last week the Packers saw their first game action of the year against Phillip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Both coaches and fans got their first extended looks at many of the rookies and free agent pickups, as well as a brief look at some of the Packers veterans. While the Packers never led at any point and added more players to an already lengthy injury report, the match-up gave coaches valuable insights as to where the team can improve.
Maybe Packer fans are spoiled by Aaron Rodgers, but many observers agree QB Graham Harrell was average in his first extended action as the #2 QB. Harrell has shown improvement in nearly every area since last season and despite a shaky start against the Chargers, Harrell’s confidence grew as the game progressed. Harrell finished the night completing 14 of 25 passes for 129 yards and a touchdown. Read the full story here.
Unless surgery reveals linebacker Desmond Bishop’s hamstring injury isn’t quite as bad as the initial tests show, the linebacker’s season is probably over. Bishop was arguably the Packers’ best defensive player last season and will be a hard loss to overcome should he be place on IR. Read the full story here.
In addition to Bishop, cornerback Davon House’s hot start to training camp has hit a snag after he dislocated his left shoulder against the Chargers. House was injured much of the 2011-2012 season and will now miss between two and three weeks while his shoulder heals. With House on the sidelines, rookie cornerback Casey Hayward saw increased reps with the first-team defense and will look to take control of the battle for the #2 cornerback position. Read the full story here.
A new face arrived at Monday’s practice, eager to shore up an injury-riddled backfield. Due to a rule contained in the new CBA, Benson has been unable to participate in full contact drills and will have to wait until after the team’s game with the Browns to show the coaches he still has some gas in the tank. Read the full story here.