10 Green Bay Packers to Watch in Preseason Week 3

10 Green Bay Packers to Watch in Preseason Week 3

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The Green Bay Packers are gearing up for the third preseason game, which will be the most important one for players who are trying to clinch a spot on the 53-man roster. Even though some of the players on this list are locked to make the team, it’s still important to watch how they perform. Here’s a look at 10 Packers to watch during preseason Week 3.

10. Andrew Quarless, TE

Andrew Quarless, TE
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10. Andrew Quarless, TE

Andrew Quarless, TE
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Andrew Quarless is the favorite to start at tight end for the Packers this season. However, the competition at the position is some of the strongest in camp. For that reason, Quarless will have to put forth a top-notch effort in the third preseason game if he wants to secure the starting job.

9. Brandon Bostick, TE

Brandon Bostick, TE
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9. Brandon Bostick, TE

Brandon Bostick, TE
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Brandon Bostick is someone who is gunning for Quarless’ job as the starting tight end. He is by far the best blocking tight end and he has shown a tremendous amount of potential on offense. In fact, I believe Bostick is the most talented tight end the Packers have on the current roster. He’s someone fans will definitely want to keep an eye on because he could put on quite the show.

8. Jeff Janis, WR

Jeff Janis, WR
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8. Jeff Janis, WR

Jeff Janis, WR
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Jeff Janis has been stellar in training camp, which he followed up nicely with a great performance in this past week’s preseason game against the Rams. Despite hauling in just one catch, it went for 34 yards and a touchdown. With the No. 5 and No. 6 wide receiver spots up for grabs on the depth chart, the assumption is Janis will make the team. Still, he’s worth keeping an eye just to make sure he’s what the Packers want.

7. Mike Pennel, DT

Mike Pennel, DT
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7. Mike Pennel, DT

Mike Pennel, DT
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Green Bay’s coaching staff, head coach Mike McCarthy in particular, are huge fans of defensive tackle Mike Pennel. It’s easy to see why after watching him dominate in training camp. Pennel has had decent preseason performances in which he has recorded two tackles and one sack. The reality is he’s definitely on the roster bubble, which is why he’s someone who fans should watch in preseason Week 3.

6. Myles White, WR

Myles White, WR
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6. Myles White, WR

Myles White, WR
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Speaking of roster bubble players, Myles White continues to squander his opportunity to make the team as a wide receiver. Despite given the inside track heading into training camp, White has allowed other receivers to step up their level of play so much that he’s unlikely to make the team. If the Packers do indeed keep six wide receivers, White could clinch a roster spot. However, it appears very unlikely at this point.

5. LaDarius Perkins, RB

LaDarius Perkins, RB
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5. LaDarius Perkins, RB

LaDarius Perkins, RB
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If the Packers keep only four running backs, there’s a good chance LaDarius Perkins will be the odd man out. It’s rather unfortunate because he has shown so much promise in camp and the preseason. In two games, he’s recorded 17 rushing attempts for 43 yards. Green Bay is expected to give him a decent amount of carries this weekend to see what he does with his back against the wall. For that reason, he’s someone to keep an eye on.

4. Sam Barrington, ILB

Sam Barrington, ILB
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4. Sam Barrington, ILB

Sam Barrington, ILB
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Sam Barrington continues to prove that he deserves to be a backup inside linebacker for the Packers. The position is in dire need of depth. Even though Barrington has shown some struggles here and there, he’s still talented enough where Green Bay has to keep him. With that said, he must prove that the Packers should use a roster spot on him by dominating against the Raiders in the third preseason game.

3. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, FS

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, FS
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3. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, FS

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, FS
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Micah Hyde remains the favorite to start at free safety, which means first-round draft pick Ha Ha Clinton-Dix must do something this weekend to separate himself from Hyde. It’s true that Clinton-Dix has come up with some big-time plays in the first two preseason games, but he needs to string together consistent performances. As usual, he’s someone fans must watch.

2. Nick Perry, OLB

Nick Perry, OLB
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2. Nick Perry, OLB

Nick Perry, OLB
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With Julius Peppers to start at outside linebacker, Nick Perry is now fighting for a backup position. Many people believe he will get cut, but that’s absolutely ridiculous. Even though he hasn’t met expectations, he’s still a very solid backup for the Packers, which will be important in 2014. The reason fans should want to watch Perry this weekend is to gain confidence in him.

1. Matt Flynn, QB

Matt Flynn, QB
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1. Matt Flynn, QB

Matt Flynn, QB
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There are rumors circulating that the Packers will only keep two quarterbacks on the roster, with Scott Tolzien earning the backup job. That means that Matt Flynn will be the odd man out. For that reason, Flynn must be lights out against the Raiders to prove that he deserves to be the No. 2 quarterback on the depth chart.


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