A lazy effort by the Green Bay defense Thursday night resulted in a 33-21 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. The defense appeared lackluster all night, giving up big plays, being in incorrect position, and missing tackles. In the final preseason game where players can make an impression, nobody separated themselves from the pack (no pun intended).
Tyler Lancaster, a 6’3” 313 pound, defensive tackle out of Northwestern was the only defender who played a bit above average. In college, Lancaster was one of the top nose tackles in the physically demanding Big 10. He always did what was necessary to help his team win, even if it did not translate into glamourous statistics. In 35 collegiate games, Lancaster generated 101 tackles (18.5 of them for a loss) and 3.5 sacks. Also, he showed off his athleticism by batting down 3 passes in his college career.
Lancaster earned “Defensive Player of the Week” because of his ability to be aggressive, his ability to make tackles, and his ability to finish through those tackles. In Thursday’s game, Lancaster finished with 6 tackles, and what’s better is that 2 of them were behind the line of scrimmage. Only Vince Biegel and Raven Greene had more total tackles with 7. However, none of those hits were for a loss of yardage.
Even with his strong play in the preseason finale, there was no guarantee Lancaster would make the final 53-man roster. Forbes’ Green Bay writer, Rob Reischel, and ESPN writer, Rob Demovsky, predicted Lancaster would be cut. That prediction came into fruition Saturday morning when Tyler Lancaster was officially let go.
AT LAST, the regular season is upon us! The Green Bay Packers will be hosting the Chicago Bears on Sunday night. The 2018-19 regular season is officially here!