Five Packers who hurt themselves

August, 30, 2013
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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Thursday’s preseason finale at Kansas City was the last chance for Green Bay Packers players to impress coach Mike McCarthy and general manager Ted Thompson.

Earlier, we listed five players who did just that.

Now, here are five who did not:
  • B.J. Coleman: If Coleman really was still in play to be Aaron Rodgers’ backup, as McCarthy insisted earlier in the week, then Coleman probably played his way out of that competition. He completed just 2-of-7 passes for 19 yards with no touchdowns and one interception. His interception was a classic example of a quarterback making a bad decision in the face of pressure. The Chiefs had two blitzing defenders come free and Coleman threw into trouble, missing tight end D.J. Williams, allowing linebacker Frank Zombo to pick him off.
  • Vince Young: Given his most extensive playing time since he signed with the Packers on Aug. 5, Young didn’t do much to convince them he could get the team through a game or two if something happened to Rodgers. In 11 possessions, he managed only six points (two field goals). He missed several open receivers and completed just 14-of-30 passes for 144 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions. Young also fumbled twice, losing one of them, when pressured in the pocket. Ball security has long been an issue for Young, who has 40 fumbles in 60 career regular-season games. In fairness, Young did not get to play with many of the starters. The number one offensive line played just one series. Starting running back Eddie Lacy got only three snaps. Receivers Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson played only the first two snaps, and James Jones did not play at all.
  • Andrew Datko: If the Packers are going to keep a fourth tackle – and they may not – it probably won’t be Datko. The seventh-round draft pick in 2012 who spent last season on the practice squad was responsible for both sacks on which Young fumbled. Datko played 64 snaps, which was tied for the most among Packers players in the game against the Chiefs.
  • Myles White: One of the players in the running for the final receiver spot, White fumbled on the game’s last play, a 23-yard reception. White had a productive preseason with eight catches for 90 yards, but players on the bubble can’t cough up the football.
  • Tyrone Walker: See above. Three plays before White’s fumble, Walker also had the ball knocked free at the end of a 4-yard reception over the middle. Offensive lineman Garth Gerhart recovered the fumble, but the play spoiled an otherwise strong game (five catches for 30 yards) and strong preseason (nine catches for 86 yards) by White.

Rob Demovsky

ESPN Green Bay Packers reporter

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