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Packers defeat Cardinals in preseason home opener: Five storylines

The Green Bay Packers picked up their first win of the preseason Friday night, defeating the Arizona Cardinals 28-20 at Lambeau Field. There were plenty of individual winners and losers from the game, but here are five storylines to take from the Packers’ home preseason opener.

Chastin West: Worthy of a roster spot?

Entering the season, it was almost a guarantee that the Packers would keep five wide receivers. Chastin West is making the Packers’ brass think twice.

West hauled in five catches for 134 yards Friday night, including a 97-yard touchdown grab from Matt Flynn in the fourth quarter. It was just another chapter in what has been an impressive preseason showing from the first year receiver out of Fresno State, who now stands a chance at making the 53-man roster.

There is realistically no way West would stick on the Packers’ practice squad, as another team would give him a look on their roster, so the team will have a decision to make.

Should West stick, a player such as Quinn Johnson or one of Tom Crabtree/Ryan Taylor would have a much tougher time making the roster. While the Packers will be fine at wide receiver without West, he is turning into quite a talent the Packers could use down the road as emergency insurance (Donald Driver’s age, Jordy Nelson 2012 FA).

Defensive Line Wearing Thin; Raji moves outside

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August 19, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A first look at the Packers first unofficial depth chart, with notes

The Green Bay Packers released their first unofficial depth chart of 2011 Tuesday, four days before their preseason opener against the Cleveland Browns.

With four preseason games and just under a month before Week 1, take this depth chart with a large grain of salt. Plenty will happen between now and Sept. 4, meaning plenty of names will be moved around.

Here is a look at the depth chart, via Packers.com:

OFFENSE

QB: Aaron Rodgers, Matt Flynn, Graham Harrell

RB: Ryan Grant, James Starks, Dimitri Nance, Alex Green/Brandon Saine

FB: John Kuhn, Quinn Johnson, Jon Hoese

WR1: Greg Jennings, James Jones, Randall Cobb, Brett Swain/Diondre Borel, Kerry Taylor

WR2: Donald Driver, Jordy Nelson, Chastin West, Tori Gurley/Antonio Robinson, Shaky Smithson

TE: Jermichael Finley, Andrew Quarless, Tom Crabtree, D.J. Williams/Ryan Taylor/Spencer Havner

LT: Chad Clifton, Marshall Newhouse, Theo Sherman

LG: Derek Sherrod, T.J. Lang, Adrian Battles

C: Scott Wells, Nick McDonald, Evan Dietrich-Smith, Sampson Genus

RG: Josh Sitton, Nick McDonald, Caleb Schlauderaff

RT: Bryan Bulaga, Chris Campbell, Ray Dominguez

DEFENSE

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