For the second consecutive week the Packers were without a ton of key contributors, giving way to their young backups to step into bigger roles. With the (0-2) Cincinnati Bengals in Wisconsin, they had a chance to get a win regardless.
Trevor Davis: The second year return man had a productive day with five punt returns for 70 yards, including a 33 yard burst. The California alum has the potential to break out as a star return man. He combines top end speed with great vision with the ball. It would be interesting to see if the team would consider moving him to running back. Receivers with great ball carrying vision becoming running backs just makes sense after Ty Montgomery broke the seal.
Dean Lowry: Lowry made his season debut Sunday, which was needed in the absence of Mike Daniels. He tallied two tackles, but he once again moved with the motion of the run, and clogged running lanes. If he couldn’t go on Sunday, it could have gotten very ugly. The Pat Fitzgerald product seems to be a perfect fit for the Packer program. Any Northwestern product with NFL athleticism would probably fit in Mike McCarthy’s system. Two programs coaching ‘em up.
Kyle Murphy: Murphy ended up on the injury report yesterday, so it’s hard to know exactly what he was dealing with on Sunday. He really struggled with Bengals rookie Carl Lawson, who looks to be a complete stud to be fair. Murphy once again did enough to keep the Packers in the game, which is all you can ask from an injured player the team expected to be a project when they drafted him in the sixth round of the 2016 draft.
Marwin Evans: With Kentrell Brice out with his fourth different injury in six games, Evans stepped into the back end safety role. The Milwaukeean recorded five tackles on the day. He missed a couple of open field tackles, but overall he, like Dean Lowry, really saved the day. Despite the Bengals offense desperately struggling to open the season, they’re a NFL offense. The Packers back ups played up to the task.
Blake Martinez: Martinez stepped in at middle linebacker for Jake Ryan. He’s started before, and has always seen the field thus far in his career, but did he stand out against Cincinnati or what? Not only did he come close to leading the team in tackles with 11, and one tackle for loss, but he also brought a ton of energy to the defense.
Jamaal Williams: After one of the rhetoric’s of the week was Ty Montgomery’s snap count being backed off, Jamaal Williams only received one carry during the Packers comeback win. He moved the ball for six yards, which is obviously a winning play. I wouldn’t read too much into the complete reliance on Montgomery, as the team was somewhat desperate not to fall below .500.
Kevin King: The Packers started their two second round picks of the 2017 draft for the first time in their careers. King was rewarded for his efforts against Julio Jones, with A.J. Green who is a playoff win away from being considered Julio Jones. Green had a great day, catching 10 passes for 111 yards and a touchdown. But King and his teammates kept Green in front of them for the most part, as the star receiver’s long for the day was 20 yards.
Geronimo Allison: Allison made a game winning play in overtime, breaking free on a wheel route, catching the ball, and showing his elusiveness as he hallway dodged his way around the Bengals two safeties multiple times. The 72 yard overtime explosion, added nicely to his stats for the day, totaling six receptions for 122 yards. As both Rodgers and McCarthy have noted since the game, they aren’t surprised by the second year undrafted receivers big game. We as fans shouldn’t be either.
Youngin of Week Three:
Josh Jones: Jones reminds me of a larger, more explosive Tyrann Mathieu. He’s going to attack the offense, and make special plays. At least on Sunday, the rookie looked to be a star in the league. He recorded 12 tackles, 11 solo, two sacks, and three tackles for loss. He stepped up more than anybody for a defense missing five key players. He made the biggest defensive play of the game, taking the Bengals Tyler Kroft to the ground as he caught the ball on the crucial 3rd and five in overtime.
He wasn’t perfect either, being apart of giving up a touchdown on a crossing route. If we’re following Tony Romo’s intuition, which I’m pretty sure we’re slowly agreeing on, it was due to a communication lapse. It’s too early to outright call Jones a star, we’ve seen him misread the situation enough during preseason that we’ll need more than one game to conclude anything.
Ahhh whatever take a chance, get excited Packers nation.