FOXBORO, Mass. – It’s just one preseason game, but the Packers appear well on their way to replacing the two cornerbacks they lost in the offseason.
Rookie second-round draft pick
Rollins was all over the field and quickly proved he belongs in the pro game. He broke up three Jimmy Garoppolo passes intended for receiver Josh Boyce, nearly picking off two of them. He also used a low hit on running back James White to dislodge the ball from his grasp on a short pass, and he attacked the receivers who did catch passes on him with sharp tackles.
“That’s just my nature. Growing up I was a physical kid,” he said. “I don’t mind the physical part.
“Even though corners are supposed to be cover guys, I want to be an all-around player. Obviously I want to cover. That’s what corners get paid to do. But I also want to be known for being able to come up and hit. They don’t expect that from them.”
All that’s left for Rollins is to catch the ball. His only regret was that he didn’t get an interception or two.
On the opening series of the third quarter, Gunter practically stole the ball from Boyce and then raced 28 yards the other way, setting up a TD run by rookie running back
“I went to bat the ball down, but it kind of fell in my hands, and I just went from there,” he said. “It’s always a big deal when you can transfer your practice habits to the game and make plays.”
The Packers’ pass rush was the other defensive story, as Garoppolo was sacked seven times. A number of the Packers’ young defenders got in on the act, including rookies
“You see it in practice,” said second-year defensive lineman
“We have a lot of good guys. Everybody works really hard, and we’re glad to come out with that result.”
The speedy Janis hadn’t tried to run by cornerback Logan Ryan until that play, and he appeared to surprise him on fourth-and-1. Tolzien’s lofted throw was right on the money.
“Scotty’s been making good throws all camp,” Janis said. “He’s been doing his job, so he made my job a little easier.”
The TD was Janis’ third in his two preseasons since coming to the Packers as a seventh-round pick from Division II Saginaw Valley State last year. The competition at receiver is fierce, with rookie third-round pick
“Coming from last year, being a rookie there’s so much to learn,” Janis said. “It’s a lot easier to go up when people see you make plays, and your second year you have to maintain that. Hopefully I can show the coaches that and be able to make this team and be part of the team this year.”
Hundley was a solid 4-of-6 for 60 yards in his debut, including a 31-yard connection with rookie receiver
“My first play, I came in and (John) Kuhn was cracking a joke and the O-line was cracking jokes too,” Hundley said. “We were having a good time and they sort of eased my nerves that way.”