Packers preview: 5 things to watch in exhibition at Raiders

Tom Silverstein
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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Green Bay Packers quarterbacks Brett Hundley (7), DeShone Kizer (9) and Aaron Rodgers (12) laugh after teasing the crowd during Green Bay Packers Training Camp Friday, July 27, 2018 at Ray Nitschke Field in Ashwaubenon, Wis


When: 9:30 p.m. Friday.

Where: Oakland-Alameda County Stadium.

Broadcast: Radio – WTMJ 620-AM. TV – Ch. 4 in Milwaukee and the Packers Television Network across the state.

Injury report

Packers – WR Trevor Davis (hamstring), RB Devante Mays (hamstring) and WR Jake Kumerow (shoulder) are out; RB Aaron Jones (hamstring), DT Mike Daniels (thigh), T Bryan Bulaga (knee) and LB Nick Perry (ankle) are questionable. Raiders – RB DeAndre Washington (knee), kicker Eddy Piñeiro (groin) and T Breno Giacomini (knee) are among those not expected to play.

5 things to watch

1. Family reunion: This will be the first chance for some Packers fans and many players to see Jordy Nelson compete in a different uniform than the one he wore for 10 seasons. Raiders coach Jon Gruden said his starters will play into the second quarter, so there’s a good chance that Nelson, who is the No. 2 receiver behind Amari Cooper, will see action. It wouldn’t be surprising if 30-somethings Nelson and cornerback Tramon Williams match up against one another.

2. Neck and neck: The race between Brett Hundley and DeShone Kizer should heat up over the next week as the Packers sandwich two games around their final training camp practice. Hundley hasn’t gotten as many snaps as Kizer and may get the start. He appears to have a slight lead in the race and Kizer will have to be very productive to jump ahead.

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3. The Daniels effect: Assuming defensive tackle Mike Daniels plays, this will be the first look at him and Mo Wilkerson together in the nickel defense. The two are being counted on to push the pocket from the inside and judging the way Daniels went after it in one-on-ones earlier this week, he’ll be pretty fired up to play. He missed almost two weeks with a thigh injury but was taking part in team drills this week.

4. Jonesing for Aaron: After next week, running back Aaron Jones won’t be seen on the practice field for two weeks, so he’s going to get some work either this week or next. Having missed a big chunk of camp with a hamstring injury, Jones needs the work. If he doesn’t play this week, he’ll probably play a lot against Kansas City.

5. Something’s a foot: Rookie punter JK Scott wasn’t very impressive last week and could use a rebound game. He has been working on speeding up his operation and it could be why he struggled a little. He’s extremely consistent in practice but he hasn’t carried that over to games, which has to be a little disconcerting to the Packers.


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