New Orleans (0-3) closes its preseason slate at Green Bay tonight (Thursday night), and then preparations start for the season opener at Arizona on September 13. “In all phases, we’re the best”. It’s make or break for a handful of these guys. Lacy has 20 touchdowns in the last two years and he will be a workhorse once again for the Pack. We might also see a good year from the Middle Border’s New Richmond; player-wise, Zach Turner from Stanley/Boyd, Rice Lake’s Isaiah Secrest, and the North offensive combo of Adam LaRock and Lukas Lanners should be names highlighted in the game recaps.
James Jones demonstrated this preseason he still has something left in the tank, but the veteran wide receiver will not stick around with the Giants. Drew Brees has some new, risky toys to play with in 2015.
Snead may no longer have to worry, and neither should Coleman. Cornerback Kyle Wilson had an interception but was called for two penalties.
Defensive back Jean Fanor led the team in total tackles with seven. He’s been replaced by rookie T.J. Clemmings.
“You wouldn’t expect him to be an overpowering blocker just by looking at him, but he plays with leverage and he knows how to use his body”, Fontenot said. With little depth in the pass rush department with the departure of Junior Galette and placement of Anthony Spencer on injured reserve, Tull could be safe. But the Packer offense came alive after rookie Brett Hundley entered in the second quarter.
Five-time Pro Bowl pick Haloti Ngata was acquired to fill in for Suh, and returners defensive end Ziggy Ansah, linebacker DeAndre Levy and safety Glover Quin give the Lions the semblance of another quality group. “The reality is, until you start playing the real games is when it shows up”.
Elliott was in Ryan Griffin’s face so quickly that the quarterback had to fling a short dump-off pass to Opurum while backing up. That’s the 3-4 defense, installed to help a once-proud unit try to fix some of the many flaws exposed in recent years. Still need to work on things that happened during the game, but you just have to improve each and every day. “Here, it’s, like, ‘Nah, not good enough.’ That’s just how we’re trained”. It’s still too early to tell where this team places, especially in the NFC South.
The rosters on Thursday will look a lot different than they did during their last meeting, due in large part to both injuries and starters resting ahead of the season. I wouldn’t say this organization is in trouble just yet, but only time will tell.