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Green Bay Packers Preseason 2014: 5 Takeaways From Week 2 Win

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Green Bay Packers Preseason 2014: 5 Takeaways From Week 2 Win

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The Green Bay Packers showed some marked improvements from last Saturday as they defeated the St. Louis Rams on August 16. While there are still some significant concerns and position battles to be solved, the team looked very well put together. Here are five key lessons learned from week two's win.

5. The Second QB Job is Still Up For Grabs

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5. The Second QB Job is Still Up For Grabs

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Earlier in the offseason, many were sure that Matt Flynn would be Aaron Rodgers' backup, but after Week 1 it was clear that Scott Tolzien had made a good case for the job. Week two produced much of the same as Tolzien went 10-for-15 with a touchdown called back and Flynn went 2-for-3 and threw a touchdown to rookie wide receiver Jeff Janis. Neither quarterback has the No. 2 position locked down yet.

4. Depth among the Running Backs

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4. Depth among the Running Backs

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Six running backs carried the ball for the Packers against the Rams. Last week's early hero James Starks only ran for nine yards on four carries, but overall the backs ran for a total of 120 yards. Eddie Lacy, Michael Hill and Dujuan Harris ran for over four yards per carry, while the speedy LaDarius Perkins ran for 25 yards on seven carries. Nobody had a stunning performance against the Rams, but the group can clearly play.

3. Many Capable Receivers

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3. Many Capable Receivers

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Throughout the game fourteen different players caught passes. Andrew Quarless and Brandon Bostick caught from the tight end position. Eddie Lacy, Michael Hill and Ladarius Perkins are the running backs with receptions, and nine wide receivers made catches, including Randall Cobb and Jarrett Boykin for three each and crazy-fast former Div-II receiver Jeff Janis with a 34-yard touchdown reception from Matt Flynn.

2. Penalties

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2. Penalties

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While penalties were a problem last week, it got worse in Week 2. The Pack were issued 12 flags for a total of 95 yards. Most of these were for illegal use of hands and holding by offensive linemen, which reflects some inability for young players to adapt to the new rules. A total of 95 yards is simply too much. While a holding or use of hands penalty is preferable to a sack, the O-line will need to modify play to nullify these penalties.

1. Young Players on Defense Continue to Show Promise

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1. Young Players on Defense Continue to Show Promise

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Green Bay Packers
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The St. Louis Rams are by no means the best offense in the NFL, but holding them to seven points is a great feat. Several young players on this defense showed their worth in Week 2. First rounder Ha Ha Clinton Dix got two tackles and a sack. The 2013 draft pick Josh Boyd played very well against the run. Undrafted rookie out of Toledo Jayrone Elliott had a great day as well, racking up three sacks and one forced fumble.

Chris Langton is a writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Langtron57, “Like” him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google.