The best and worst players from pre-season 2022

The Green Bay Packers beat the New Orleans Saints with the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs losing during pre-season in 2022. Results don’t really matter here. Head coach Matt LaFleur and general manager Brian Gutkunst evaluated risk and reward and didn’t play veteran novices, so a handful of inexperienced fringe players were on the court for most of the shots on the show’s schedule.

Pre-season performance is part of the evaluation process, and Final Sale Coming on Tuesday. Here are the best and worst players from the pre-season 2022 period (note: players had to play at least 30 shots and two games to qualify).

Top 5 Offense

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1. C. Josh Myers: 85.1
2. LT Caleb Jones: 85.0
3. OL Zack Tom: 77.5
4. OL Royce Neumann: 72.5
5. QB Danny Etling: 71.1

The top four highlight how well the offensive line has played throughout pre-season, especially in passing protection. Myers looks set for a big jump in the second year after a dominant stretch to start the 2022 season. Jones was really surprised when the second team left Intervention. And Tom was great at the right tackle and left keeper. Combined, the three allowed only one total compression. Like before last season, Newman looked strong in the running game in both the right guard and the right tackle. Etling only attempted 22 passes, but his passer rating was 122.3, and he rushed to land 51 yards.

Top 5 defense

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1. S De’Vante Cross: 87.7
2. Q Mika Abernathy: 79.1
3. LB Krys Barnes: 75.6
4. LB Quay Walker: 69.8
5. CB Kinder Thomas: 68.7

Cross only played 31 shots but gets solid coverage scores. Abernathy, an early signing in August, was one of the biggest surprises of pre-season at Green Bay after he threw an interception, coped well and looked comfortable covering over 111 shots. Barnes (42 shots) and Walker (39) were very strong and effective cover players during limited playing time early on in all three games. Thomas only allowed one catch on seven goals and threw two stops.

down 5 offense

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1. TE Tyler Davis: 30.1
2. RB Dexter Williams: 41.7
3. TE Allies Mac: 51.0
4. WR Travis Fulgham: 51.8
5. T Nate Baker: 52.2

Davis had a low that resulted in a missed interception and stutter while producing poor scores as a running blocker and a pass blocker, threatening his place on the 53-man roster. Williams dropped both of his goals as a receiver and missed both of the pro’s passes. Mac was disliked as a receiver (26 tracks, no baiting) and was flagged as a penalty shooter. Fulgham held only one pass across 18 routes. A fine baker blocked it but he had a drop.

defense down 5

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1. DL Jonathan Ford: 28.5
2. DL Devonty White: 37.3
3. DL Chris Slayton: 37.7
4. LB Ray Wilborn: 38.7
5. LB Ty Summers: 38.9

Both draft Packers struggled along the defensive line. Ford and Wyatt had issues against racing and were as unproductive as the racers. Slayton had five pressures and six stops but was badly damaged by a poor defense. Same goes for Wellborn, but he also gave up five catches (including touchdowns) in coverage. Summers, who was released on Sunday, missed a tackle and struggled with the pass.

Jordan’s love

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Love started all three matches and was on the field with a total of 81 relegated. It was a mixture of good and evil. The good: Love had five “big throws,” and nine drops meant her adjusted completion percentage was 68.5. The bad: Love had three “plays worth turning” and was a bit choppy neatly, especially on the field. He was excellent in passing play and effective from clean pockets. There was a clear jump in overall performance, but the combination of defensive cuteness and the haphazard chaos of pre-season didn’t (and never does) allow for a real assessment of the midfielder.

special teams

Among those who played in all three games, Chris Barnes finished with the highest Special Team score. Ray Welburn had the highest number of solo maneuvers (3). Tariq Carpenter and Keonder Thomas had three joint interventions. Wellborn and Tiba Gallia both missed high interventions for the team. Overall, the Packers finished with the second worst-ranked private team overall during the pre-season. Withholding and coverage were both issues, and the group as a whole was responsible for three penalties and nine missed interventions.

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