Packers vs Jets midweek notes
By Brian E Murphy, PackersInsider.com senior editor
~Right tackle Bryan Bulaga returned to practice Wednesday to give his left knee a test. How he did, and how he feels tomorrow will go a long way in determining if he will be able to play Sunday against the Jets.
Running back Eddie Lacy was at practice but didn’t participate. It’s iffy whether Lacy will be able to play Sunday following the concussion he sustained last Thursday at Seattle. With this being Lacy’s second concussion with the Packers in a year (week two last year vs Washington), the Packers should err on the side of caution. They usually do, but in this case, they really should go with James Starks, DuJuan Harris, and Michael Hill off the practice squad, and let Lacy rest that head another week and bring him back in week three at the “undefeated” Lions.
Tight end Brandon Bostick returned to practice for the first time since he injured his leg at St Louis on August 16th in preseason game number two. It remains to be seen if he’ll be ready for the game Sunday, but it was a good sign to see him back today. He adds an athletic dimension the Packers can utilize.
It will be Greg Gumbel and Trent Green calling the game on CBS Sunday afternoon. Gametime is 3:25.
The Jets are 3-1 all time at Lambeau Field.
The Packers offensive line is going to have their hands full with the Jets defensive line, and blitz packages from Rex Ryan. I worry about Derek Sherrod on the right edge, again, but also the interior will face Sheldon Richardson, who’s fantastic.
The Jets defense held the Raiders to 1.5 yards per rush last week, and that was the new supposed Dynamic Duo of Maurice Jones-Drew and Darren McFadden, also known as MJD and Run DMC. They didn’t run anywhere against these Jets except into the Gang Green Front 7.
- The Packers soft run defense, which starts in the middle, faces another test with the Jets. They have the physical Chris Ivory, who’s very similar to Marshawn Lynch, and they have Chris Johnson (CJ2K), who reminds many of Jamaal Charles.
They are both dangerous and helped the Jets to pile up 212 yards on the ground last week on the Raiders, who thought they had a much improved defense. Even the bruiser Ivory had a long touchdown run. He’ll remind you of Lacy a little bit, minus the concussions.
- I’m still not sold on quarterback Geno Smith. But Rex Ryan says he’s come a long way since last season.
- Jordy Nelson expects to hurt the Jets. I see a Jordy Lambeau Leap in the game coming.
- The Jets can win this game. Here’s how.
- Position-by-position matchups.
- Week two dope sheets, whatever a dope sheet means.