Green Bay Packers
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
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.