Hello everyone, welcome back to the JSOnline live blog.
Let's get the football season started.
It's hard to believe we're back already. I feel like I just left Atlanta a couple of days ago. The summer goes fast.
I'm going to try to be more active on the Facebook page this year and will take questions during the week, so be sure to like the page so that you get all the updates and know when I'm opening things up for questions.
OK, enough self-promotion. On to the football game.
It's a beautiful night. The temperature is in the low 70s and the storm that hit earlier has passed through. The field looks impeccable.
As for the young linemen, Justin McCray has looked good. Geoff Gray has had some moments and could be a practice squad guy. I'll be watching a bunch of those guys tonight.
Just got the word that QB Aaron Rodgers and WR Jordy Nelson are among those who will be held out. TE Richard Rodgers (finger) also won't play.
He's got an advantage because he plays so well on special teams. But there's a lot of competition at WR. Besides the big three, Trevor Davis has had some good moments, Geronimo Allison has been solid, rookie DeAngelo Yancey has come along nicely and Max McCaffrey has caught everything thrown to him. I'm eager to see him play. I'm betting he leads the team in receptions this preseason.
Mine either, but thanks for the kind words and the nice tribute to Bob McGinn. This is the first time in 23 years I haven't sat next to him at a game. It has to be some kind of record.
Right now, he's the No. 1 corner. He's played like it in camp. We'll see once the season starts. I know he's enjoying playing man-to-man defense here. He's looked pretty solid so far.
Running backs, for sure. Cornerbacks as well. Lots of competition there. Also, keep an eye on safety Josh Jones. He's big, fast and likes to hit. He'll play a lot tonight.
They are not deep there at all. If Matthews and Perry have their usual injury issues, the pass rush could be an issue. They really need Biegel to get healthy and to get DT Montravius Adams back. The latter looked like a really good inside rusher before he broke his foot.
I've seen him a lot in the backfield. I don't think his play is a question. It's his health. Can he get through 16 games without being all nicked up. They need him as much or more than Matthews because he's really good playing the run. They don't have a lot of size inside and aren't that great at ILB, so they need all the run stoppers they can get.