The Green Bay Packers’ third and final pre-season game is on Thursday August 25th. They will travel to Kansas City for a scrimmage vs the Chiefs. There has been much speculation regarding if starters will play, and today Matt LaFleur elaborated on that a bit.
Matt LaFleur discusses week three starters:
Per Ryan Wood: Matt LaFleur says he’ll have all the healthy starters dress for warmups at “bare minimum” for Thursday night’s preseason finale at Kansas City. Still no decision on if Aaron Rodgers and company atop the depth chart will play. He wants to see next couple days of practice first.
Matt LaFleur says he’s had a lot of conversation with Aaron Rodgers about possibility of playing Thursday night. He’ll ultimately lean on his QB’s opinion for play time: “I never want to put somebody in there if they don’t want to play this type of game.”
You get the feeling from LaFleur that he WANTS to play as many starters as possible, but understands the risks behind it. There are some players who could see action for the first time this pre-season. David Bakhtiari (unlikley), Elgton Jenkins, and Christian Watson could all see the field in some capacity. If starters were to see the field, it would be interesting to see how long they would be out there. Aaron Rodgers has explained in the past that he doesn’t feel he needs to play in the pre-season. However, if he’s going to play, “let me play.” As in don’t take him out after just one drive. Allow him to get a rhythm going and run a few different looks.