Undrafted free agents Joe Callahan and Marquise Williams led the way for the Green Bay Packers as they spoiled Robert Griffin III’s debut beating the Cleveland Browns, 17-11 in a preseason match held at the Packers home in Wisconsin.
The Packers gambled on putting Callahan and Williams to do the chores for the team. The decided to rest lead quarterback Aaron Rodgers and backup thrower Brett Hundley. Surely it paid off as Callahan threw a 2-yard touchdown in the first half as the Packers took a 10-5 lead.
With the team enjoying a comfortable advantage, Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy then led Williams to close the match. Even though Griffin and the Browns threatened to make a comeback in the third, it was not enough as the Packers were just relentless on their defense to bail out with the win.
With the way things are going the Packers are looking confident for another playoff run this year as McCarthy will heavily rely on the veteran arms of Rodgers. But with Hundley nursing an ankle injury, the future is bright for Callahan and Williams are backup quarterbacks.
The game against the Browns was a good gauge for the Packers, who lost Casey Hayward, John Kuhn, and James Jones via free agency. Nevertheless, the Packers manage to get tight end Jared Cook that brings flexibility to their offense. However, the Packers will need the majority of their players to be healthy if ever they want to make a run for a possible playoff spot this coming season.
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A total of 17 players from the Packers side has been ruled out. McCarthy has to dig deep into his roster to be able to address such issue. He had some help at the quarterback position, but still needs Rodgers to bring his A-game.
Aside from the Browns, the Packers are also set to meet the Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers, and the Kansas City Chiefs.
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