Packers open up preseason with a loss to the 49ers

The Packers lost to the 49ers 28-21 in their preseason opener Friday night in Santa Clara, Calif.

It’s only preseason and the end result doesn’t matter, but here are some things that do.

Jordan Love inconsistency:

Jordan Love played like he has his first two years in the league: some good, some bad. Love went 13-24 for 176 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions.

Love on his second drive of the game threw a beautiful 33-yard touchdown to rookie WR Romeo Doubs.

Love on his next drive, drove the Packers all the way to 49ers’ 14-yard line but threw behind TE Tyler Davis that bounced off his hands before being intercepted by LB Mercelino Mcrary- Ball.

His second interception wasn’t his fault. Doubs was running an out-route, and in a battle for the football rookie corner Sam Womack came up with the ball.

His third interception shouldn’t have been thrown. I’ve outlined why down here:

Here’s the alignment before the snap (Packers in a trips set).
Womack (No. 26) with tight coverage on Rodgers (No 8).
Love could have made an anticipation throw here with Womack’s head turned but Rodgers wasn’t ready to receive the pass.
By this point, the throw is late and Womack has inside position leading to an easy interception.

Love rebounded his next drive and threw a 33-yard touchdown to undrafted rookie WR Danny Davis.

Davis an undrafted rookie out of Wisconsin, has a slim chance to make the 53-man roster but has continued to impress in training camp.

Overall, Love had an uneven performance, which shows that he’s not ready to usurp Aaron Rodgers as the quarterback of the Packers quite yet but he’s shown flashes to make himself an average NFL QB.

Secondary:

Green Bay’s secondary did not play well this game. After a TD by the Packers, CB Rico Gafford and S Dallin Leavitt were the culprits of giving up a 76-yard touchdown from Trey Lance to rookie Danny Gray and the next drive after a Packers’ interception, allowing a TD to WR Ray-Ray McCloud on a busted coverage.

These coverage lapses aren’t a major issue considering Green Bay didn’t play any of its normal starters, but depth in the secondary will a major question going into the season.

SPECIAL TEAMS

With Mason Crosby out recovering from offseason knee surgery, the Packers claimed undrafted rookie Gabe Brkic off waivers from the Vikings back in June.

Brkic missed his lone field goal attempt on Friday a 32-yarder that sailed wide left.

That was enough for the Packers to release Brkic on Sunday and sign Ramiz Ahmed who previously played in the USFL for the Pittsburgh Maulers.

The one bright side to the special teams was this play from second-year man Amari Rodgers. That run, Rodgers looked confident and showed off his burst and explosiveness.

Rodgers admitted to being out of shape last season but this offseason, Rodgers cut 16 pounds and showed up at training camp at a slim 202. But his weight wasn’t the only issue last season, Rodgers looked timid on the field; he looked like he wasn’t sure of his abilities and hopefully new Special Teams Coordinator Rich Bisaccia can unlock something in Rodgers that his predecessor Maurice Drayton couldn’t.

OTHER NEWS:

G/T Elgton Jenkins, TE Robert Tonyan and WR Christian Watson have been activated off the PUP list and start practicing on Sunday.

Jenkins has been recovering from a Torn ACL suffered against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 11 last year.

Robert Tonyan has also been recovering from a Torn ACL suffered against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 8 last year.

Rookie WR Christian Watson has missed all of training camp thus far following offseason knee surgery.

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