“I think physically, I have,” said Boyle when asked if he feels he’s made steady progress in the first three preseason games. “I think mentally, I need to be more efficient in the huddle. I think I can do a better job of getting in and out. Efficiency at the line of scrimmage, I think that’s definitely an area I can improve.”
Y’all must’ve forgotten: In his first preseason action of 2019, Trevor Davis looked every bit the playmaker he’d been in practice prior to suffering a stinger in a joint practice with Houston earlier this month.
The Packers’ fourth-year receiver caught a team-high five passes for 78 yards and a touchdown, recorded Green Bay’s longest rush of the night (18 yards) on an end-around in the first quarter and also returned a punt for 17 yards.
Davis returned to practice in a big way earlier this week, hauling in a long completion through double coverage in a team period of the Packers’ final public practice on Monday.
As good as those moments felt, it’s even sweeter for Davis to finally make those plays in a game setting.
“Getting out there on the practice field is good and getting your feet wet in that way,” Davis said. “But being able to go out there in the game and do what you’ve been doing in practice, feels really good.”
At the same time, Davis recognizes there can be no letup heading into next Thursday’s preseason finale against Kansas City, with all the competition he’s facing in a deep receiving corps.
“I just have to keep stacking up days,” Davis said. “I can’t get too high on what’s happened today in the game or in previous practices. Every day I just have to keep going up and keep doing the same thing consistently. Consistency is really the biggest thing.”
Shepherd, the undrafted rookie out of North Dakota State, also helped his stock with three catches for 40 yards and a 15-yard punt return. His leaping 22-yard snag in the second quarter was Green Bay’s longest completion of the game.
“He’s unbelievable,” Boyle said. “All four of us quarterbacks love him. His catch radius is unreal, as you guys see. Smart player, knows where to be. He’s really putting himself in a good spot to make the 53.”
Great Scott: Perhaps no player on the Packers’ sideline had to make a bigger adjustment Thursday night than JK Scott.
Green Bay’s second-year punter not only succeeded, but also was remarkably effective directionally punting on the 80-yard field, averaging 47.1 yards (39.7 net) on seven attempts.
While he was only credited with one punt inside the 20, Scott kept the Raiders backed deep into their own territory throughout the night. He twice forced Oakland to start within two yards of its end zone, including after a 56-yard coffin-corner punt at the beginning of the fourth quarter.
“You just have to adjust,” Scott said. “All game, I was just saying, ‘OK, if we were on the 35, all right this is the 45.’ That’s what I would kind of tell myself. It was really, really weird. It was a weird feeling playing on an 80-yard field. Never done that before.”
Summers’ showing: The Packers again turned the communication of the defense over to seventh-round pick Ty Summers with Blake Martinez sitting out and rookie Curtis Bolton exiting early with a knee injury and not returning.