Friday, September 3, 2010

The Bucky Five: A Case for a Shorter Preseason

1. Farewell, Jason Chery - Really, the only reason I was interested in the Packers final preseason game was to see if we did in fact have our new kick returner in Jason Chery, and it doesn't appear that we do. He does have a nice quickness and fluidness to him, but I just don't think he did enough to earn a spot on the 53. Of course, fumbling (twice!) on your first return opportunity doesn't help matters much either. I'm rooting for the kid, but I think that final spot is going to end up going to someone else.

2. Another Term for Bush - It looks like Jarrett Bush will be a member of your Green Bay Packers for another season, as he certainly didn't do anything to hurt his cause. And actually, with an interception and a couple of nice hits, he really didn't look too bad. Of course, we all know about his history of how he's not exactly the greatest cornerback in the league, but I think we should give him the benefit of the doubt here and hope that he can live up to the very little of expectations we have for him this season.

3. Flynn to Win - I still think that this team is toast if Rodgers misses a few games with an injury, but at least we know that Matt Flynn is capable of backing him up for a bit. Remember when we were starting Rodgers and then our backups were a rookie Matt Flynn and a rookie Brian Brohm? I feel a lot better about the backup situation now. In the Packers 17-13 loss to the Chiefs on Thursday night, Flynn was 23 for 37 and threw for 304 yards in three quarters of action. He didn't find the end zone, but he didn't throw any picks either, and it was a good night for Flynn. I actually thought that Graham Harrell would get more time, but I think the Packers were playing him as little as possible so that no other scouts would get a decent look at him, because it appears he's destined for the practice squad.

4. House of Swain - Speaking of Flynn, how much did he get paid by Brett Swain to look at him during every drop back? Swain had a decent night, grabbing six catches for 130 yards, but I still think he missed a few that he should have reeled in. Ultimately, I think he roster spot is going to go to a tight end, but we'll have to see on that one. I think the Brett Swain decision will be one of the more interesting choices that we see Thompson and McCarthy make.

5. Hayden won HOH - Forgive me for checking out Big Brother while the Packers game was on, but this game was not a banner game for the NFL. I did see a lot of discussion on the Twitter machine about how the sloppiness of this game was a ploy by the NFL to get fans on board for an 18-game season, which I still think is a bad idea. Even though the NFL tries to pass off these preseason games as entertainment, we as fans have to realize that is not the case and we should not be shelling out money to watch this garbage. But these four games are important and they are needed, so that when the real 16 games do come around our team has the right squad ready for the season. I still think an 18 game season is a horrible idea, no matter how dull this preseason finale may have been.

1 comments:

Darkschner said...

So if not swain or chery then who? Are you thinking packers are only going to keep 4 receivers... and 5 tight ends?

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