Pack will stick with Kentrell Brice

McCarthy:"K.B. will bounce back"

Mike Clemens
September 25, 2018 - 7:20 pm

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Green Bay, WI - You would think after failure to prevent the Vikings Stefon Diggs from dancing his way into the south end zone at Lambeau Field on a 75 - yard touchdown pass from Kirk Cousins, you might get benched.

You may also think falling down on the muddy turf while the Redskins Paul Richardson Jr. crawling in for a 46-yard touchdown pass from Alex Smith on the opening drive might cost you your job.

But not even an accident like breaking the left ankle of teammate Mo Wilkerson, ending his season, will affect the immediate future of Packers safety Kentrell Brice. 

That's because Brice has replaced Morgan Burnett as the safety who knows the most about opposing team's formations, thus making last second declarations for the Packers defense to adjust.

Who will cover who? What to look out for? Who is the "hot read?"

Mike McCarthy says the undrafted Brice has worked harder than any another other player in the offseason, including coming back from an ankle injury that required surgery, to remain as the starting safety alongside Ha Ha Clinton Dix.

After three games the Packers are a slow starting team in the first half.

Following games with the Bears, Vikings, and now Redskins, they have been outscored by a combined 52-27 in the first half of those games. 

In the second half, Mike Pettine's defensive staff seems to have been able to make needed adjustments. The combined score over three games in the second half is 43-31 in favor of Green Bay.

Pettine has had help from the offense, like Aaron Rodgers crazy 21 points scored in the fourth quarter of the season opening thriller over the Bears, final 24-23.

SPECIAL TEAMS

In the Packers 31-17 loss to the Redskins, wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling had a great game, not catching passes, but as a gunner taking over for Trevor Davis, placed on IR for a hamstring injury. Against Washington, in the rain, the 6-foot-4, 206 lbs. rookie used his 4.3 speed on punt and kickoff coverage to force a pair of fair catches, downed a punt at the 2-yard line, made a tackle inside the 20-yard line on a kickoff return.

"MVS" also made a tackle after a short gain on a punt return.

For a player who is new to special teams, it's about as good a performance as could be expected. 

"If we had won the game, he was going to get the game ball for special teams," said Packers head coach Mike McCarthy.  

 

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