The Green Bay Packers didn’t play veteran starters and went 1-2 in the preseason, but the three exhibition games – a loss to the 49ers, a win to the Saints and a loss to the Chiefs – provided an ideal opportunity for a few players to play. to shine
Here are the 2022 Packers’ preseason stars:
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C Josh Myers
The jump into sophomore year looks very real for Myers, who played 70 snaps and was outstanding in the run game this preseason. His highlight came in the final when Myers let go of the upfield and knocked out a linebacker on the second level of Tyler Goodson’s touchdown run in Kansas City. Overall, Myers allowed no pass-protection pressure, finishing with the ninth-highest run-blocking grade of all NFL offensive linemen with at least 30 run-blocking snaps played during the preseason, according to Pro Football Focus.
OL Zach Tom
The fourth-rounder looked closely at both right tackle (75 snaps) and left guard (49) during three preseason games. Like Myers, Tom didn’t allow any pressure despite playing 75 pass-blocking snaps, and he finished with the fifth highest pass-blocking score, per PFF. The only blemish on his record was a holding penalty in the final. Will the Packers think he’s one of the top five for Week 1? Although Tom didn’t start in any of the three preseason games, his performance certainly looked starter-worthy.
WR Romeo Doubs
It wasn’t all perfect for Doubs, but the flashes are so bright that his potential for stardom is hard to ignore. The fourth-rounder ran 37 routes but was attacked 15 times – highlighting how easy he can make it seem to open, but also how much trust he earned from Jordan Love and Danny Etling. Doubs mixed three drops with two touchdowns and three contested catches. He’s fast and a smooth runner and throttle, and he has a ‘my ball’ mentality when he’s in the air.
LB Krys Barnes
Barnes won’t start as long as De’Vondre Campbell and Quay Walker are healthy, but the third-year linebacker seems perfectly capable of taking quality shots in no time and adding real value to special teams. He produced five tackles without a miss, a near-interception and one more tackle on special teams during 42 preseason snaps.
OT Caleb Jones
The 6-9, 370-pounder played 87 snaps on left tackle for the second team offensive line. He gave one press (hurry) and got no penalty. Jones is light-footed, but he can really move people while running. Could Jones Be The Packers’ Next Yosh Nijman? If his work over three preseason games is any indication, Jones has a future in the NFL, even if he will need time to put it all together.
S Micah Abernathy
Despite arriving at Green Bay in early August, Abernathy played the fourth most snaps on the team’s defense (111) and received the highest overall mark from PFF’s defense this preseason. His interception against the Saints was a highlight, but he also generally covered well, tackled into space and showed the ability to play in the penalty area or deep into free safety. Based on the games, Abernathy earns a spot on the 53-man roster. If nothing else, he beat Tariq Carpenter in the seventh round by a large margin.
CB Kiondre Thomas
A cornerback’s job is to avoid completions, and it’s hard to dispute what Thomas accomplished in over 121 snaps (65 in coverage). He was targeted seven times and allowed only one completion for eight yards, with two pass breakups. He added two stops against the run and three total tackles on special teams. It is now possible that he can remain as corner number 6.
QB Jordan Love: The stats don’t tell the true story of his preseason. He was up and down every now and then, but the flashes of legitimate fledgling talent started to get much more consistent this summer.
RB Tyler Goodson: His outburst and natural pass-catching ability became very apparent. The former Iowa star turned 36 touches in 167 yards in three games.
WR Samori Toure: His nine catches and 125 receiving yards led the team. There is legit divorce talent to discover here.
LB Isaiah McDuffie: The sophomore linebacker can fly around the field. His six stops led the team.
DL Jack Heflin: Like last summer, the “Trash Can Full of Dirt” just found ways to make disruptive plays.