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The top-notch broadcast team includes CBS’s Kevin Harlan (play-by-play) alongside fellow CBS broadcaster Rich Gannon (analyst), with Lance Allan of WTMJ-TV serving as the sideline reporter. Allan will also host an informative half-hour pregame show featuring former Packers tackle Mark Tauscher

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Inactives

The following players will not play in Friday night’s preseason game between the Green Bay Packers and the Cleveland Browns:

Green Bay Packers Green Bay Packers
7 QB Brett Hundley
12 QB Aaron Rodgers
18 WR Randall Cobb
20 CB Makinton Dorleant
47 LB Jake Ryan
52 LB Clay Matthews
56 LB Julius Peppers
57 C Jacob Flores
58 LB Sam Barrington
60 DT Demetris Anderson
63 C Corey Linsley
68 T Kyle Murphy
72 T Josh James
77 LS Jesse Schmitt
83 WR Jeff Janis
85 TE Mitchell Henry
87 WR Jordy Nelson

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Packers vs. Browns: Final Thoughts

The Rock Report: Countdown to kickoff

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Injury report:Packers – LS Jesse Schmitt (broken hand) is out; QB Brett Hundley (ankle), WR Randall Cobb (calf), CB Makinton Dorleant (hamstring), ILB Jake Ryan (hamstring), C JC Tretter (illness), RB Brandon Burks (leg), C Jacob Flores (knee), LB Clay Matthews (ankle), OT Kyle Murphy (concussion), OT Josh James (hamstring), TE Mitchell Henry (groin) are questionable. Browns – WR Corey Coleman (hamstring) and WR Andrew Hawkins (hamstring), DE John Hughes (personal), TE Seth DeValve (hamstring) are out; WR Terrelle Pryor (calf), TE Gary Barnridge (hernia), CB Joe Haden (ankle) WR Josh Gordon (quadriceps), WR Dennis Parks (shoulder), CB Trey Caldwell (hamstring) and DL Nile Lawrence-Stample (shoulder) are questionable.

FIVE THINGS TO WATCH:

1. Front and center: If Don Barclay wants to win a job, he’s going to have to be Mr. Versatility. That means filling in at center most of the game Friday and performing well. With Corey Linsley (hamstring-PUP) out and Tretter and Flores questionable, the center snaps might all go to Barclay and Matt Rotheram. Barclay isn’t new to center but it’s a position he’ll have to function at if he wants to stick. Keep an eye on his shotgun snaps.

2. On lockdown: If the Packers cornerbacks don’t perform well, then something is wrong. The Browns are going to be without three top receivers and possibly a fourth. Sam Shields won’t play a lot but Damarious Randall, Quinten Rollins, LaDarius Gunter, Demetri Goodson and Robertson Daniel are probably all going to play a number of different spots. They need to be tight right out of the gate.

3. RGIII revisited: New Browns coach Hue Jackson intends to play starting quarterback Robert Griffin III quite a bit. Griffin faced the Packers in 2013 at Lambeau Field and threw for 320 yards and three touchdowns with one interception in a 38-20 loss. Most importantly he ran for 1 yard on four carries. Can the Packers keep him from breaking the pocket again?

4. Middle infield: With Ryan unlikely to play and Sam Barrington either held out or limited to a few plays, the Packers’ young linebackers are going to get a chance to show what they can do. A lot has been written about Blake Martinez, who will start, but keep an eye on Beniquez Brown and Derrick Mathews. Brown is a heady player who’s around the ball a lot and Mathews, a late edition to camp flies around like he’s shot out of a cannon.

5. The long road back: Wide receiver Davante Adams was supposed to play an entire half in Canton. Expect about the same this week. Adams is looking for redemption after a down year. He has been up and down during camp and needs to show he can put some separation between himself and his defender. He's making some contested catches, but can he get open down the field? He needs to show that he can, especially if Aaron Rodgers is playing.

This pic rolled during the interview. 

Really? That is some serious hops. Made even better by the D-bag that threw it. 

Crazy that Charles rebelled against the coach that saved his future. Lloyd Carr. Sound familiar?

Great, great, great interview. 

All I really hope for is that all the Packers beat them so bad that all the Cleveland players go home crying to their mommies!!!  Okay... not really, it's just pre-season so I really don't want to see that, maybe just making RGIII go crying to mom will suffice.

I am just looking forward to see if some of the young guys can step up and separate themselves.  It won't be as easy since there probably won't be a single QB playing for the Pack today that will be on the main roster on opening day.

Yeah true PHOE, but I still enjoy watching all the young guys battling for a career.   Like the 5 things article noted, one of these guys are playing for probably a PS spot.  I really would have liked to see Hundley!  Oh well.   It sounds like there are a few vets that are going to get some decent playing time too with hopes of redemption or even keeping their own roster spot.

It just gets down to Packer football.  Life is good!

Cheeze posted a story about Jerry Rice catching bricks dropped off a scaffold. My HS receivers coach coated a medicine ball in super glue and rolled it in gravel and made us catch it. You learned soft hands. 

If you can't catch a football with the gloves being used today you aren't trying. 

I think my receivers coach is prison by the way. 

ChilliJon posted:

Cheeze posted a story about Jerry Rice catching bricks dropped off a scaffold. My HS receivers coach coated a medicine ball in super glue and rolled it in gravel and made us catch it. You learned soft hands. 

If you can't catch a football with the gloves being used today you aren't trying. 

I think my receivers coach is prison by the way. 

Where does a guy buy a gallon of super glue?

ChilliJon posted:

Trying to follow this from CA sucks. Did Ginger just drop a punt in the end zone from the 39?????? 

No. "Q" couldn't quite stay off the goalline for a touchback. Looked like a really good punt

P.S. You need an android pad so you can stream the game

Cavetoad posted:

When streaming...

1) Never download anything.

2) Never pay.

3) Be patient.

4) Have great ad blocking and anti-virus.

5) find the little 'x' and close them when able.  They can be layered.  Watch for your pointer to change.

6) Your flash player is fine, see 1.

 

Boris posted:

For those of you having trouble streaming, the game is on NFL Network tonight at Midnight Lambeau Time (That's 10:00 PM for your West coast fans)

P.S. I'm in the chat room for the 2nd half

Do we still have to pee on you Boris?

*runs away guffawing*

I ended up sitting outside the hotel with a couple, watching the stream on my tablet and BSing.  Cocktails and beer were flowing, they were from Canton so we had a TON to chat about.

I ended up watching barely nothing of the 4th quarter though it was  in my lap.  The stories from these 2 were amazing and I will relate them sometime soon.

Tommy's pizza here is delicious!!

 

Boris posted:

For those of you having trouble streaming, the game is on NFL Network tonight at Midnight Lambeau Time (That's 10:00 PM for you West coast fans)

P.S. I'm in the chat room for the 2nd half

For some reason, Directv is not letting me see the game.  Might be because the previous game, AZ vs OAK, was available locally and the message didn't reset. 

Was watching the Olympics at the same time so my observations  of game are scant. 

-- defensive line looked to hold their ground, get pad level low, & not get turned. Lowry in particular looked more athletic than advertised, not just a "try hard guy", but showed some burst & penetration 
-- Just as announcers were talking about MM being interested in learning how Martinez was going to tackle, he missed a tackle which allowed Browns to run for a first down off tackle 
-- Pass pressure was there all night, even though RG3 completed his first couple passes, he got knocked down on every one, which may have contributed to him throwing the INT. 
-- Was it Randall that was beaten badly on the first play of game for a 50 yard gain? Not good since Browns have many of their top receivers not playing. 
-- Callahan looking better was in direct correlation to the Browns subbing out some starters.  
-- Starting o line was dominant, winning the LOS on nearly every play. 
-- Huge mental error by someone on safety left Browns NT unblocked! 
-- Cook looks like the real deal 
-- Abby took some physical shots near the head & came out OK 
-- Lacy looks better  
-- I think in real game, we would win easily even with Hundley at QB.

- ILB's looked good.  Martinez, Thomas and even Bradford.

- Ripkowski looked unsure. A lot of dancing and not a lot of hitting.

- Jones looked good at OLB.  We are really deep there and I think Jones and Perry are going to have good years.  If we can hold up against the run on early downs, this D could be really good with a dominate pass rush in front of a good secondary.

- So far I like Williams ahead of the D3 kid for practice squad QB.  He plays with confidence while the D3 kid seems a little timid.  Hopefully for her m he starts letting it go.

- Spriggs didn't embarrass himself.  As advertised he pass blocked well but was meh in the ground game.

- Perillo needs to be #3 TE.   If Janis goes on IR it might make room for a 4th TE.

Herschel posted:

I'm not sure how Barclay makes the roster minus a mass outbreak of leprosy among the starters and rookies.

Yep.  I think he's just camp insurance in case injuries hit hard.  Better to have him on the roster at the beginning than scrambling to find someone if it's a week before the season and they all of a sudden need an extra guy.  He also knows the system, knows how they like to practice and is more challenging competition for the young guys than an undrafted free agent. 

He'll stay with the Packers if they end up needing him, but most likely end up going to somewhere like Seattle.  He'll be an upgrade there.  Barclay should have a long journeyman career in the NFL like Barbre or Newhouse.    

Fedya posted:

He was hell bent on correcting the mistakes from the 2014 NFCCG, and look how that turned out.

Playoffs. Again. After again. After again. After again. After again. After again. After again.

Load up. Keep swinging. It's hard to win a super bowl.

This is a really good roster though. 

Packers may again rely on small college RB

Burks and yet another undrafted rookie from a second-tier conference, safety Kentrell Brice of Louisiana Tech (Conference USA), were as impressive as any of the team’s 24 rookies that played Friday night in the 17-11 exhibition victory over the Cleveland Browns at Lambeau Field.

Thought Burks did play well. I've never been all that impressed with Crockett and he may very well be a better option.

I don't know that anyone played horribly on the DL, but the Browns were rushing for 5+ yards/carry in the first half, and finished at 4.5 yds/carry. 
Most blitzes looked like AJ Hawk's. The was some pressure from pass rush, but it was mostly ineffective.
I'm just not ready to say this defense has 'turned the corner', but is much improved. I do remain a bit worried that some of the same tendencies remain from last year (rush defense, explosive plays, missed tackles).
I am excited for our LBs. I think Bradford is ready to play some ball, and Martinez and Fackrell look like the real deal. Position speed is much greater, and that's what we've been missing the last few years.

Same deal for Perillo and Abby on offense. I keep rooting for Janis as much as the next guy, but Abby has left him in his dust.  We really have an embarrassment of riches at TE and WR, and it's almost hard to imagine incorporating all of them into the playbook...until I think of last year and realize it can change in an instant.
Ditto for the OL; we really have some great depth developing. Spriggs debut was solid, I thought Walker can still hold his own at T, and Lane and Rotheram didn't embarrass themselves. Barclay.....well, he's Barclay. Not necessarily good; just good enough. But his experience still gives him an edge that's hard for the younger guys to overcome.
The most impressive thing about Burks to me? Blitz pick-up. That must be the very first thing they teach these guys!

Timmy! posted:

I'm just not ready to say this defense has 'turned the corner', but is much improved. I do remain a bit worried that some of the same tendencies remain from last year (rush defense, explosive plays, missed tackles).

CLE sucks, and that's probably an understatement. However, the Packers ran 80 OFF plays to 44 for CLE. Pretty dominant, even for a pre-season game.

Not impressed with #Packers Blake Martinez or Kyle Fackrell sacks vs CLE.. Can't just be excited because they got a sack, how'd they do it?!

LB Martinez ran a Fire X vs. screen... C Cam Erving popped him and then tried to leak out, leaving Martinez a free path to QB.

OLB Fackrell's sack was vs an RPO... Except Kessler decided to not hand it off, or throw the ball.. Leaving Fackrell with free shot at QB

 

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