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Packers: 3 things to watch in preseason opener against Eagles

Jason Wilde breaks down three things to watch Thursday night when the Green Bay Packers play the Philadelphia Eagles in a Preseason game at Lambeau Field.

Back in 2009, when coach Mike McCarthy hired Dom Capers as his new defensive coordinator, the Packers threw everything but the kitchen sink at opponents in preseason, running many of Capers’ favorite blitzes, shuttling personnel in and out and showing far more of the playbook than most teams do before the regular season begins.

Nowadays, Capers feels like he’s found the sweet spot of getting his guys work in the defenses they’ll be running while also holding back schematic things he’d like to use in this year’s opener against the Seahawks on Sept. 10.

No matter how much the Packers love Montgomery and the matchup nightmare he could be for defenses with his pass-catching abilities out of the backfield, they still need to experiment with Williams and the other four rookie running backs on the roster so they have options there once the games start to count.

Running backs coach Ben Sirmans has been working to allocate practice reps fairly among Williams, Aaron Jones, Devante Mays, Will Stanback and Kalif Phillips, but making something happen in a preseason game – especially when you’re not playing behind the team’s No.


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