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Roster decisions loom as Packers' preseason concludes

Finale vs. Chiefs started strong, fizzled at finish


KANSAS CITY – All that's left now is to trim the roster to 53 players by Saturday afternoon.

The Packers wrapped up their preseason with a 33-21 loss to the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on Thursday night in a game that saw almost no starters get action.

Final roster decisions loom in the coming hours, as all NFL teams must be down to 53 players by 3 p.m. CT Saturday. After a roughly 20-hour waiver period, the 10-man practice squad also can be established.

One key question for the Packers is whether they'll keep two or three quarterbacks on their active roster. With the trade of Brett Hundley earlier in the week, the preseason finale was turned over to DeShone Kizer and Tim Boyle, and both had their ups and downs.

Kizer started the game with an interception on an overthrow but bounced back on the second series to find Geronimo Allison wide open for a 31-yard touchdown on fourth-and-short.

"DeShone did a nice job, particularly on the extended play on the second series," Head Coach Mike McCarthy said. "Geronimo was excellent in the extended play part of it, too."

Allison left no doubt he's the No. 3 wide receiver on the team, not that there was much before given his solid, consistent camp. Kizer finished 5-of-7 for 57 yards and played just the two series.

From there the game was turned over to Boyle, who started hot. He directed two straight touchdown drives to get the Packers out to a 21-10 lead.

Boyle capped a 78-yard drive with a 1-yard TD flip to tight end Robert Tonyan, and then running back Aaron Jones finished the second march with a 1-yard scoring plunge. Jones, who is suspended for the first two games of the regular season, had nine carries for 34 yards in his last action until Week 3.

Tonyan had an 11-yard grab over the middle before his TD and a 15-yard catch to start another drive, making a run at a roster spot at one of the Packers' deepest offensive positions.

"Robert had some really good quality snaps in the first half. You could really see him and Tim connected very well, those guys have done that throughout all training camp," McCarthy said. "Tim feels very comfortable throwing the ball to him."

Boyle's night took a rough turn after those first two drives, though, as he finished 15-of-31 for 127 yards with the one TD pass and two interceptions, both in the second half.

The second pick was returned 30 yards for a touchdown by former Packers cornerback Makinton Dorleant, finishing a run of 23 straight Kansas City points to close the game.

"The focus was to get Tim Boyle as much work as possible," McCarthy said. "It's good tape to evaluate and learn from.

"There were a lot of different people playing in there," McCarthy added, regarding Boyle's later troubles. "He had a good rhythm there in the first half, but our last group really struggled throughout the second half."

McCarthy declined to comment on whether any defensive players made a strong final impression. Four times, the Packers held the Chiefs in the red zone and forced field goals, and Kansas City's ground game didn't do much.

But Green Bay's defense recorded no sacks in 44 Kansas City pass attempts by three different quarterbacks, and the only turnover came on Herb Waters' interception on a first-half Hail Mary in the end zone.

On special teams not much stood out, either. Trevor Davis handled all the punt and kickoff returns, but he never got loose and fumbled once.

Rookie punter JK Scott will head into the regular season on a strong note after posting a 52.0-yard gross average and 47.5 net average on four punts.