Packers players eager for Thursday's preseason game

Rufina Vignone
Agosto 9, 2017

"Carson will start, for sure", Pederson said Tuesday at the NovaCare Complex. The bad news is at the end of them, I am going to have to make a prediction on whether or not this team will be playing in the postseason. "We had a couple times previous year where we played man-to-man just about every snap just to see those guys". Nick Foles, who has been sidelined for two weeks with a strained tendon in his right (throwing) elbow, will not play.

Wentz said he doesn't expect that history to alter his mindset or the Birds' play calling Thursday. "I always liked watching games at Lambeau on TV". You've got to do the same things we do out here on the practice field and then, all of a sudden, the bright lights come on. On others they are awful, and the idea that this team is ready seriously compete for a playoff spot seems laughable.

The good news is the Eagles still have four preseason games to work things out and put together what they hope can be a consistent team. "If you're afraid, you shouldn't be playing".

Wentz, for one, grew up as a fan of Packers quarterback Brett Favre, and he'll make his first trip to Green Bay's historic stadium Thursday.

Added Wentz: "It'll be an exciting atmosphere for some of these rookies. I'm looking forward to it", said Packers rookie safety Josh Jones. Pumphrey is coming off of a hamstring injury that saw him miss a few practices last week, and today Pumphrey appeared to be regaining his explosiveness as he got a chance to get some reps with Wendell Smallwood absent from practice for a second straight day.

Beyond Wentz, however, Pederson was non-committal about the status of the rest of the offensive and defensive starters.

Blount missed three days of training camp because of a personal issue. Jeffery says his shoulder is fine. "I was out of the lock out, I barely even knew the plays but it's definitely special".

The evaluation process kicks up a notch with the start of the preseason games.

Most of the game will be devoted to the players fighting for spots on the regular-season roster.

Some of the toughest decisions will be at wide receiver, where a number of younger players have stood out. Jeffery, Torrey Smith, Jordan Matthews and Nelson Agholor are now locks, leaving rookies Mack Hollins and Shelton Gibson to fight with Marcus Johnson and a few others. The two know they have to be in sync for the Eagles offense to take off.

"I think I've shown consistency, and I've been making plays when I've had opportunities", Johnson said Tuesday. "I have never been to an National Football League game in my life".

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