Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers continued his preseason of minimal minutes, this time not playing a single snap in the Packers preseason finale against the Kansas City Chiefs. Like most other teams in their final preseason games, the Packers rested their first stringers, or only allowed them to play one series. With the first stringers getting the night off, that meant it was the backups’ time to shine and prove why they deserved to be on the Packers 53 man roster.
Earlier in the week, the Packers released quarterback Graham Harrell after he struggled during the first three preseason games. With Harrell gone, it meant that Vince Young was in the driver’s seat for the backup quarterback position and he now had a chance to revive his once promising career. Against the Chiefs, Young and presumed third string quarterback B.J. Coleman did not have their best games. Young went 14 for 30 for 144 yards, only leading one scoring drive, which came on a Mason Crosby 48 yard field goal. Coleman had issues under center as he completed only two of his seven passes for 19 yards and threw one interception.
Crosby, who before the preseason was fighting for his job, seemed to slam the door on any current thoughts about him not being the Packers kicker for the 2013 season. After going 15 for 16 during this week’s practice, Crosby finished his great week by making that 48 yard field goal against the Chiefs. With that make, Crosby finished the preseason six for six and ran his competition out of Green Bay. If Crosby can keep this kicking groove going, Packers fans won’t be on edge every time he lines up for a field goal attempt.
The best news of the night for the Packers was cornerback Tramon Williams starting his first game of the preseason after nursing a bruised knee for the past three weeks. Williams already appears to be in midseason form as he picked off Chiefs quarterback Chase Daniel on the first play of the game. For what it’s worth, the Chiefs did win the game 30-8. Now the Packers attention shifts to the San Francisco 49ers for their regular season opener. This will be the third time in 12 months that these two teams have faced each other, and the second straight year they play each other in the season opener. Finally, it’s time to get serious…the regular season is upon us.