The Green Bay Packers might not have secured the victory in their second preseason game against the New England Patriots on Saturday night, but they undoubtedly witnessed substantial growth in pivotal aspects of their performance.
Following the established custom of monitoring training camp and preseason progress, I am once again evaluating a selection of crucial players who either advanced or regressed in the matchup against the Patriots. If you missed the previous edition, here’s a recap of the players who were identified as showing upward trends at various junctures during training camp and preseason:
- Tyler Goodson
- Tyler Davis
- Lukas Van Ness
- Jaire Alexander
- Anders Carlson
- Jaire Alexander
- Luke Musgrave
- The entire defensive line
- Emanuel Wilson
- Karl Brooks
- Sean Clifford
- Carrington Valentine
On the flip side, these players’ arrow was pointing down:
- Patrick Taylor
- Yosh Nijman
- David Bakhtiari’s health
- Josh Myers
- Royce Newman
- Sean Rhyan
Without further ado, here are this week’s risers and fallers.
Let’s check in on the Green Bay Packers stock market following their second preseason game, including updates on Lukas Van Ness, Malik Heath, and more.
Riser: Rasheed Walker
On Saturday night, Walker assumed the left tackle position, displacing Yosh Nijman to the second unit. Although he has more ground to cover before securing the top swing tackle role in an actual game, the Packers are appreciating his progress. The seeds of potential are clearly evident, and Walker holds the promise of evolving into a noteworthy contributor in the forthcoming seasons.
Faller: Center-Quarterback Exchange
During Saturday night’s game, Josh Myers and Jordan Love encountered another mishap when a shotgun snap from Myers sailed past Love. Determining fault might be tricky, yet Matt LaFleur’s postgame remarks suggest Myers may have misinterpreted a potential offsides situation, leading to the untimely snap.
Riser: Karl Brooks
This piece could easily be dubbed the “Karl Brooks Chronicle,” given his consistent rise. The sixth-round selection is swiftly dispelling any apprehensions critics held regarding the Packers’ defensive line depth for the upcoming season.
Faller: Carrington Valentine
One of the Packers’ stars of the preseason, Carrington Valentine, experienced his first set of struggles against the Patriots. He committed two coverage penalties and gave up a 42-yard slant for a touchdown. His roster spot is still safe, but he’ll need to bounce back quickly.
Riser: Anthony Johnson Jr.
Anthony Johnson Jr. might not start to begin the season, but he’s played well enough to work his way into the conversation for a roster spot. He continues to show growth every week and is now on some special teams units as well.
Riser: Malik Heath
During the preseason, Malik Heath continues to impress, catching five passes for 75 yards (both team highs) during Saturday night’s game. He could very well enter the season as the Packers’ number 5 wide receiver.
Faller: Lukas Van Ness
Lukas Van Ness hasn’t been overly impressive for a first-round draft pick, as he’s probably stuck behind Rashan Gary, Preston Smith, Kingsley Enagbare and Justin Hollins on the depth chart at this point. Green Bay expected him to come along slowly, and we won’t overreact at this point, just noting his slow start.
Riser: Kingsley Enagbare
Kinglsey Enagbare could have a significant role on the Packers’ defense this season, especially if Rashan Gary isn’t ready to handle a full workload to begin the season. He had two sacks against the Patriots, including one where he strip-sacked Mac Jones and recovered the ball.