Pete Dougherty and Aaron Nagler give their first thoughts after watching the Packers beat the Eagles 24-9 in their preseason opener. (Aug. 10, 2017) USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin
Welcome to your Morning Buzz, rounding up news and views regarding the Green Bay Packers from around the web and here at PackersNews.com. Grab a strong cup of coffee and get caught up on everything you need to know about the Packers after their 24-9 preseason victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday night.
We’ll start with Ryan Wood’s overview of the contest, with much of the focus on the play of Brett Hundley and the quarterbacks.
Hundley has played few competitive snaps since his rookie season. A sprained ankle wiped out his preseason showcase last August. With quarterback Aaron Rodgers watching from the sideline, Hundley played the entire first half Thursday.
It was an imperfect debut, but Hundley overcame a barrage of sloppy play from the Packers offense to post a solid start. He completed only 8-of-15 passes for 90 yards, but those numbers were deceiving. Four of Hundley’s incompletions were dropped.
Twice in the second quarter, Hundley threw strikes to complete third-down slants: one to tight end Martellus Bennett for 13 yards, and another to Geronimo Allison for 10.
Hundley’s touchdown wasn’t the only time he showed poise. One of his best plays was a 4-yard run in the second quarter. With the Packers in field-goal range on third down, Hundley shed Eagles linebacker Chris Long’s sack after he came unblocked on a blitz.
Trevor Davis gets the Thumbs Up in Michael Cohen’s Camp Insider.
Michael and Tom Silverstein go over last night’s game in this morning’s podcast:
Rookie cornerback Kevin King got a lot of work Thursday night and certainly took his lumps, but Pete Dougherty highlights why that will be a good thing in the long run.
I took reader questions via Facebook Live after the game:
Elsewhere, Trevor Davis had the play of the night:
Lombardi Ave. has a stock report after the first preseason game:
ACME Packing Company looks at a sloppy affair from the Packers:
Chris Simms is not a fan of the Packers’ roster outside Aaron Rodgers:
Pretty significant date in Packers history:
The Packers have done well in preseason openers:
Rob Demovsky writes that the running game started with a dud:
Cheesehead TV looks at who stood out from last night’s game:
Titletown Sound have their Quick Slants from the game:
Big time play from Hundley and Janis:
Rookie wide receiver Malachi Dupre took a vicious hit that landed him in the hospital:
The rookie Tweeted out that he was doing well later in the evening: