Browns Defeat Packers 27-17; Preseason Notes and Links


The Green Bay Packers may have lost on Saturday night, but there were some notable performances from young stars in this otherwise typical NFL Preseason match-up.

Follow the jump to find some notes and links regarding the winners and losers on the Packers roster.
– Green Bay’s most exciting player on Saturday was the second-round draft pick out of Kentucky, WR Randall Cobb. Cobb nabbed three receptions for 60 yards and looked pretty good on two kick-offs. Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes “Packers rookie Cobb receiving some praise.”

– Others who impressed were back-up QB Matt Flynn and CB Josh Gordy writes Mike Spofford of

– Zac Jackson of Fox Sports Ohio writes “But Saturday night wasn’t really about the looming issues of chemistry, health and avoiding the Super Bowl hangover. It was about running back Ryan Grant playing for the first time since breaking his ankle 11 months ago, rookie guard Derek Sherrod sharing a real huddle with Aaron Rodgers and, mostly, getting everybody back to the airport healthy,” in his article entitled Rodgers plays well, Packers look flat in tune-up.

– “Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy is looking for a greater sense of urgency, but he was otherwise complimentary of his team’s performance despite a 27-17 loss to the Cleveland Browns in each team’s preseason opener,” writes Vic Ketchman of in McCarthy Seeking More Urgency.

– For those notable Packers who didn’t play on Saturday, the Associated Press writes that tight-end Jermichael Finley was out with with a “leg injury,” and that the team decided to rest Charles Woodson.

– The Packers next Preseason game will take place on Friday and involves welcoming in the Arizona Cardinals into Lambeau Field at 7:00 PM CT. Interesting story-lines will be watching Kevin Kolb with his new team and seeing more of Randall Cobb. I’ll also be intrigued to see if Jermichael Finley can get back on the field.

My favorite tweet on Finley’s glute injury is as follows:
Via @JermichaelF88: “@4gbpackers: @JermichaelF88 we know your knee is perfect but I think @CourtFinley88 needs to rub your glute. “TRUE!”

– Just for fun and in case you missed it, the Packers visited the White House last week and LB Desmond Bishop didn’t get to meet Obama because he forgot his I.D. writes A.L. Ramsey of Los That Sports Blog.

What did you think of the Packers first game since the Super Bowl? Who did you think impressed and who didn’t? Let me know by commenting below!

Nick Grays is a senior writer at the Sports Bank where he covers the Wisconsin Badgers, Green Bay Packers, and Milwaukee Brewers. He also enjoys to share Fantasy Advice from time-to-time. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here or visit his blog Nick Knows Best.

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