The Packers first-team offense didn’t look too good on Thursday night against the Chargers.
They turned the ball over twice, gained 32 yards on 14 plays and generally looked sloppy. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers finished with a 0.0 passer rating and took a big shot from Chargers linebacker Melvin Ingram, but he wasn’t concerned about the performance after the game.
“Whether you play real well or you struggle, it’s preseason,” Rodgers said. “You’ve got to be working on things. We’ll be fine. We’ll just watch the film, get a nice tongue lashing, come back on Saturday and get ready for next week.”
Given the absences of tight end Jermichael Finley, wide receiver Greg Jennings and left tackle Marshall Newhouse, it’s not surprising that the Packers weren’t in sync offensively on Friday. There’s no reason to think that things won’t get better as they get healthier and start game planning for their opponents.
If there’s any cause for concern, it would probably be running back James Starks. Reports from practice have not been strong and Starks had a dropped pass and a fumble on Thursday night while running for 16 yards on five carries. No decisions are going to be made on the first game, but Alex Green could get a bigger opportunity to win playing time if Starks’ performances don’t improve in the weeks to come.