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Preseason's end doesn't reflect how good Packers can be

Colleen Brenton, Packers contributor

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Preseason's end doesn't reflect how good Packers can be

CREATED Aug. 30, 2013

Even after all four preseason games have been played, it seems to be a bit of a mystery as to how good the Packers really are.

Part of this, of course, is because good players are played sparingly, or, in the case of Aaron Rodgers, not at all. 

I was really looking forward to seeing the starting offensive line, but I wasn't able to get a feel for how this new lineup will work together, though certainly you can see there's promise. 

David Bahktiari leaving after the first play didn't help matters.

The quarterbacks were what I would affectionately refer to as a hot mess. 

Neither Vince Young or B.J. Coleman made a big impression, but then too, they were not playing behind the 1st string offensive line.  That would, one hopes, make a difference.

I did not see anything from James Starks to indicate to me he made the team.  Sorry, Neo, you will be missed, but I'll be really surprised if he's a part of that 53-man squad.

The defense probably gave the best look. 

It was good to see Tramon Williams get an early interception.  We have to hope that #38 is back and up to full strength. 

Johnny Jolly was obviously getting a really hard, long look by the Packers. 

I stand by my earlier statement that he made the 53, but he had a few misses that made me nervous, I have to admit.

I don't know that I've ever pulled for a player this hard, not even Korey Hall, who was from my native Idaho. 

David Fulton, who I'm also rooting for, looked pretty good but, again, there are some hard choices to make on the defense.

Micah Hyde was everywhere.  He is probably going to make a real splash this year as the biggest pleasant surprise acquisition and more proof of Ted Thompson's genius.

In his case, the fact he was on the field so much indicated to me that he has locked up a roster spot.

As always, we really won't get a look at what the team has shaped up to be until the first game. 

Be ready, San Francisco, because no matter what, the Packers will be ready for you.

Read more from Colleen Brenton, who also contributes for Pocket Doppler and co-hosts "Out of the Pocket" on Packerstalk.com.

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