CBs Gunter, Rollins show spark in secondary

Weston Hodkiewicz
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Green Bay Packers congratulate cornerback Ladarius Gunter (36) after his interception during the second half of an NFL preseason football game against the New England Patriots on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, in Foxborough, Mass.

The Green Bay Packers were down a few cornerbacks on Thursday night, but those who were healthy and made the trip to Gillette Stadium made the most of their minutes.

LaDarius Gunter picked off Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, setting up a 25-yard Alonzo Harris touchdown run two plays later. Second-round pick Quinten Rollins had a couple chances at picks of his own, but broke up a pair of passes operating mainly in man-to-man coverage.

Rollins missed the first few days of camp with a hamstring injury, but looked natural on the boundary.

“I think Quinten played pretty well,” Rodgers said. “He had a couple opportunities for interceptions, but he was around the ball a lot. He tackled well.”

The Packers’ defense gave up a 55-yard touchdown run to New England running back Jonas Gray when protection broke down on the weak side, but otherwise held the Patriots to 211 total yards. The defensive front finished with seven sacks, including two from defensive end Datone Jones.

“We have a lot of good defensive front guys and a lot of good defensive linemen, and they know how to rush,” said inside linebacker Jake Ryan, who had six tackles and a sack.

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