Best, worst players from preseason win over Saints

The Green Bay Packers took an early lead with a touchdown pass from Jordan Love to Romeo Doubs, then salvaged Friday night’s 20-10 win over the New Orleans Saints on a 51-yard touchdown run by quarterback Danny Etling. Results this season don’t matter. The process works, especially for players competing for roster spots.

Based on Pro Football Focus grades, here are the best and worst players from the Packers’ preseason win over the Saints:

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Top 5 attack

1st OT ZachTom: 84.5
2.QB Jordan Love: 82.6
3. TE Sal Cannella: 82.6
4th TE Nate Becker: 80.6
5.QB Danny Etling: 78.6

For the second week in a row, Tom placed in the top five ranks among attacking players. After finishing second last week, he’s on top after this game. Tom played 40 snaps in right tackle and didn’t give up the pressure. Love had three big time throws but was hurt again by four drops. He received an elite mark from clean pockets. More about him here. Cannella (five snaps, one catch for 13 yards) and Becker (nine snaps, excellent blocking degree) made the most of their limited snaps, while Etling got a big boost from his 51-yard touchdown run.

Top 5 Defense

1st OLB Ladarius Hamitlon: 87.5
2. S Micah Abernathy: 82:9
3. CB Kiondre Thomas: 82.5
4. S De’Vante Cross: 74.7
5.LB Quay Walker: 71.5

Hamilton had the team’s best run defense score (one stop) and second best pass rushing score (two presses). Abernathy produced two splash plays (interception, tackle for loss) and was excellent at coverage. Thomas didn’t give up a four disc catch and had two stops in the running game. Cross had a stop in the passing game and was strong in coverage. Although Isaiah McDuffie produced a team high with four stops, Walker had a higher mark because he was better against the run and at cover.

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Attack of the bottom 5

1. TE Tyler Davis: 25.2
2nd TE Alize Mack: 39.9
3. G. Sean Rhyan: 42.2
4. WR Samori Tour: 44.6
5.RB Dexter Williams: 46.5

Davis finishes late in the overall score on offense for the second straight week. He had a turnover-causing fumble and a penalty, and as a 24-snap blocker he received terrible marks. Rhyan was hurt by a poor pass blocking score and Toure’s big drop destroyed his overall score.

Bottom 5 Defense

1.DL Jonathan Ford: 26.8
2nd DL Devonte Wyatt: 29.7
3.LB Ray Wilborn: 46.2
4. LB Ty Summer: 46.8
5. OLB Tipa Galeai: 49.3

Ford has played two very poorly rated games this preseason. His running defense score was bad over 29 snaps. Rough start for Wyatt, the second of two Packers first-round picks. He played 26 snaps and registered nothing more than a single tackle. Wilborn tackled well and did well in cover but was dinged hard for his work in the running game. Summers missed a tackle. Galeai had three pressures but was under cover on the Saints touchdown and fought the run.


Jordan Love: 82.6
Danny Etling: 78.8

Love was excellent over 27 dropbacks, especially from clean pockets. Four drops robbed him of about 75 passing yards. He played on time, shot decisively and didn’t have a turnover-worthy game. On play-action, Love completed four of six passes for 52 yards and produced an elite mark. Etling only threw one pass, but earned a strong mark based on his mileage (51-yard touchdown).

Special teams

Kabion Ento, who played 11 snaps, received the top mark for special teams. Tipa Galeai and Shawn Davis missed tackles that covered kicks and Kingsley Enagbare had a penalty. Ramiz Ahmed received a high mark after scoring both field goals and extra points.

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