Silverstein: Packers-Seahawks may not really be 'dress rehearsal'
James Jones.Photo: Image by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Normally, the third of four preseason games is considered to be the "dress rehearsal" for an NFL team. It's when the starters play the most of any preseason games.
However, the number of position battles on the Green Bay Packers' roster and the lack of practice time is making Friday's preseason game against Seattle more like the fourth preseason contest, when players truly compete for the final roster sports.
"McCarthy's plan is, I think, not to play the starters all that long. I think they have so many roster spots on the bottom half of the roster," said the Journal Sentinel's Tom Silverstein during 620WTMJ's "All Things Packers."
"The way training camp is handled, the number of practices, you kind of ease guys in. The third game was treated like it was going to be a rehearsal, but they've cut down so many practices due to the CBA, that you still don't know who's going to make the roster, and you need to see those guys play."
Will the Packers truly treat this game as a revenge contest after the "Fail Mary" debacle of 2012?
"It's a preseason game. Come on," Silverstein said.
Will defensive end Datone Jones play after rolling his ankle in practice this week?
"Jones, I don't know yet. We won't know that until game time. My guess is that he won't play, but anything could happen. To my understanding, it wasn't real serious, but you never know how those ankles are."
Silverstein also said Johnny Jolly has more than a fighting chance to make the roster after missing the past few years with a drug issue and a prison sentence.
"He has made a great run. It's been pretty amazing to see. It's been a gradual thing...and he's done it. He's started making pretty good plays last week. He's just got to put together some consistency and stay healthy. I think he's got a very good shot at making the team. He gives something to that defense that they've lacked the last couple years."