The Green Bay Packers lost their NFL Preseason Week 1 opener vs. the San Francisco 49ers 28-21. However, there were many positive takeaways from this game. Special teams were competent, young wide receivers stood out, and the defensive line came to play. Here are three Packers players who I believe will make the 53-man roster after the first preseason game of the season.
NFL Preseason Week 1 Winner: DL Jack Heflin
In his second NFL Preseason, Jack Heflin continues to impress. The Iowa native could certainly persuade the Packers to keep six defensive line players. During 37 snaps against the 49ers, Heflin was an equal mix of active and disruptive. He produced two pressures as a rusher and two run stops. He may not be as physically talented as others at this position, but he’s powerful and relentless. AKA… A cheaper Dean Lowry.
NFL Preseason Week 1 Winner: LB Isiah McDuffie:
The Green Bay Packers may have found their third or fourth-string LB. After Campbell, Walker, and possibly Barnes, Isiah McDuffie has been flying around the field. He started alongside top pick Quay Walker at linebacker against in the NFL Preseason opener. He had a tackle for loss and played a team-high 11 snaps on special teams. Between defense and special teams, I would say he’s a safe bet to make the 53.
NFL Preseason Week 1 Winner: RB Tyler Goodson
I may be going out on a limb with this one, but the Packers have found their third-string running back, at least until Kylin Hill is healthy (and even beyond that possibly). Tyler Goodson has impressed since day one in Green Bay, and he continued that in Week 1 of the NFL Preseason. All-Purpose yards have consequently made the Packers’ Running Backs their top offensive weapons. See Aaron Jones as example No. 1, but even dating back to Eddie Lacy, the Packers have loved getting their running backs involved in the passing game. Tyler Goodson has the attributes for that. So far in camp, he has been turning heads with his pass-catching abilities, securing the ball, and turning it upfield.
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