The key to the Packers’ offense against the Saints is to get their newer players more reps and gameday experience. Luckily for Green Bay, with Aaron Rodgers under center, it has a seasoned vet to establish a good rapport with his new receivers ahead of the season, even if Rodgers won’t see the field during the last preseason game.
On the other side of the ball, quarterback Drew Brees will also forgo any playing time on Thursday, and the duties will instead fall with Luke McCown, Garrett Grayson and Ryan Griffin.
Early in training camp, it looked like McCown and Griffin were neck-and-neck for the backup job, but Griffin only played for 42 seconds against the Houston Texans and managed to throw an interception in that short time. Now it looks like Griffin has fallen below rookie Grayson in the depth chart.
The most disappointing thing is how well he was playing at the time of the injury. That Seahawks game was probably hands down his best overall game as a pro. He was all over the place. He missed several sacks on Russell Wilson, but hell, so does everybody else. Most importantly, he found a way to get Wilson on the ground for the third sack of his career and his constant pressure on other plays forced Wilson into several errant throws.
But all that momentum seemed to be erased by the hip injury.
Yeah, not so fast Holmes.
Ingram wasn’t quite as explosive off the ball when he came back for the final seven weeks of the season, which is predictable since he was coming off the hip injury. But he still did quite a few good things to close out the year, including three sacks in the last four weeks of the season. It’s also worth noting that the Chargers thought enough of him that he was inserted back into the starting lineup the moment he was physically ready and eligible to play. Just like 2013, Ingram still was able to generate at least some momentum heading into the offseason.