Green Bay Pack­ers

USA TODAY Sports Weekly - - NFC NORTH -

Last week, OLB Clay Mat

thews told re­porters, “The re­al­ity is, the pass rush this year, the ma­jor­ity of the im­pact we an­tic­i­pate has got to come from me and

Nick ( Perry).” So when Perry left the Pack­ers’ 20-17 loss to the Den­ver Bron­cos in the first half with an an­kle in­jury, alarm bells sounded. Perry just signed a five-year, $59 mil­lion deal be­cause the Pack­ers thought his break­through 2016 with a ca­reer-high 11 sacks and 14 starts was him just break­ing the sur­face of his first-round po­ten­tial.

For­tu­nately for the Pac­k­eers, Perry’s in­jury doesn’t ap­pear to be

se­ri­ous.

Rookie watch: First-round CB Kevin King showed his ath­leti­cism and ball skills with a would-be touch­down breakup but al­lowed sev­eral com­ple­tions — part of his grow­ing ex­pe­ri­ence as No. 1 CB Davon House (ham­string) nears his re­turn. … On the night RB Ty Mont­gomery re­turned from his leg in­jury, fourthrounder Ja­maal Williams led the club in re­ceiv­ing and fifthrounder and Satur­day’s lead­ing rusher Aaron Jones flashed vi­sion and cut­back abil­ity on a 28-yard run. Note­wor­thy: Kyle Mur­phy, se­lected 152 spots af­ter Ja­son Spriggs last year, started in

place of RT Bryan Bulaga, who suf­fered an an­kle in­jury in prac­tice. Mur­phy had pos­i­tive mo­ments, but Spriggs, like most of the non-start­ing of­fen­sive line­men this pre­sea­son, strug­gled. With top in­te­rior backup Don Bar­clay (an­kle) out and Lu­cas Pa­trick in con­cus­sion pro­to­col, the play of a re­serve of­fen­sive line that has al­lowed 14 pre­sea­son sacks re­mains a big con­cern.

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