ST. LOUIS—The Rams didn’t appear to know how fast
The Packers’ rookie seventh-round wide receiver clued them in late in the third quarter on Saturday, catching a short pass from quarterback
The impressive burst helped the Packers to a 21-7 preseason victory at the Edward Jones Dome and announced Janis as a player with NFL talent despite his Division II pedigree.
“That’s why I call him V-12,” said fellow rookie receiver
Janis, who was making his preseason debut, said the shallow cross was one of his favorite routes at Saginaw Valley State. He acknowledged that opponents probably aren’t aware of his speed and that will work to his advantage early, and it made his favorite route work like a charm.
“I wouldn’t expect it to (work in the NFL), but luckily it did,” he said.
On an afternoon when young receivers
Having missed the first week of camp and needing to catch up, he’s no longer behind any of the other five young wideouts fighting to make the team.
Janis’ big play highlighted what was otherwise an uneven effort from the Packers’ second and third offensive units against the Rams.
On Tolzien’s fifth possession, he found a rhythm and moved the offense into first-and-goal, but the unit’s inconsistencies struck again as penalties backed things up. A failed fourth-down pass ended Tolzien’s scoreless night, raising questions as to whether he got any closer to Flynn in the competition for the No. 2 job.
The defense saw a number of reserves flash in their bid to make the team, particularly with the pass rush. The Packers had seven sacks in all, including three by undrafted rookie outside linebacker Jayrone Elliot, who also forced a fumble.
The game was plagued by a number of penalties, especially illegal-hands-to-the-face calls on both offensive and defensive linemen, one of the league’s points of emphasis this season. As with the receiver/defensive back contact that is also being emphasized, it remains to be seen whether those penalties will be called as closely once the regular season begins.
Two of the illegal hands calls, on starting left tackle
“If the rule stays the same, both sides of the ball have some things to work on and change and adapt to,” starting center
The call on Bakhtiari was the only blemish for the No. 1 offense, which had two series and scored 10 points. Rodgers hit
Nelson got his first preseason action but did not catch a pass. Running back
“I actually felt as though we were all on the same page,” Lacy said. “The timing was great. I was able to make the cut whether it was inside or outside. Even though I didn’t play last week, I felt like I picked up where I left off.”Additional gameday coverage -