By Tyler Ruby on August 12, 2014
The Green Bay Packers are entering the 2014 season as favorites in the NFC, but they still have some issues to work out before their opening game against the Seattle Seahawks. Here are the five things you should watch for in their Week 2 preseason matchup against the St. Louis Rams.
I wouldn't be worried about Aaron Rodgers. He is the best player on the team, and come Week 1, he will be ready. However, it would be good to see Rodgers out on the field to help gain a rapport with the younger receivers and tight ends. While it may only be for a series or two, every snap should be important.
It's all about the quarterback, right? Well, the Packers have a battle going on between Scott Tolzien and Matt Flynn to win the backup quarterback job. Tolzien outplayed Flynn in Week 1 against the Tennessee Titans, and I wonder if Tolzien earned more playing time with that performance.
The Packers drafted Ha Ha Clinton-Dix to fill a serious void in their secondary, but Micah Hyde may be the better option this season opposite of Morgan Burnett. Hyde got better with each passing game last season, and with Hyde starting, it allows Clinton-Dix to move down to cover a slot receiver. Either way, the Packers seem to have excellent depth in the secondary.
The Packers will have their fourth starting center in four years, and unless things go horribly wrong, J.C. Tretter should get the starting job this year. He has been impressive in training camp and in the first preseason game, so I would expect to see Tretter put a stranglehold on this job over Corey Linsley.
I have no idea who will earn the tight end starting job. Brandon Bostick, Richard Rodgers and Andrew Quarless all bring different things to the table, but there isn't one clear favorite yet. However, if I had to put my money on one, it would be Bostick. He is a matchup nightmare, and that's what tight ends are required to provide nowadays in the NFL.
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