City Chiefs linebacker Dadi Nicolas, rear, sacks Green Bay
Packers quarterback Joe Callahan (6) during the second half of
an NFL preseason football game in Kansas City, Mo., Thursday,
Sept. 1, 2016. Nicolas was injured on the play.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. —
Packers coach Mike McCarthy got everything he wanted out of the
Two series for Aaron
Rodgers and a bunch of work for his backups.
That includes rookie
Joe Callahan, who capped a strong preseason by throwing for 143 yards
and a touchdown as the Packers lost to the Kansas City Chiefs 17-7 in
their preseason finale Thursday night.
"I thought it
was a quality training camp. I thought like we accomplished a
lot," said McCarthy, who like Chiefs counterpart Andy Reid played
almost entirely backups on Thursday night.
almost the entire way in a game featuring second- and third-teamers on
both sides. The product of Division III Wesley College has been trying
to earn the No. 3 job behind Aaron Rodgers and Brett Hundley, who has
been sidelined by an ankle injury this preseason.
"You try not to
think about things too much," Callahan said of making the team.
"When it's out of your hands it's always hard. But I've been
confident since I've been here."
In fact, the only
first-stringers to see much of the field were specialists.
Bay Packers tight end Casey Pierce (49) fumbles the ball on a
tackle by Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Brock Vereen, left
rear, and linebacker Dadi Nicolas (52), for a turnover during
the first half of an NFL preseason football game in Kansas City,
Mo., Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016.
They needed some
After the Chiefs'
third straight three-and-out in the first quarter, Dustin Colquitt's
punt was blocked by Green Bay wide receiver Ty Montgomery. The Packers
only needed two plays for Callahan to hit tight end Jared Cook for the
game's opening touchdown.
The game also
featured the debut of Green Bay punter Jacob Schum, who was claimed
off waivers from Tampa Bay this week. Schum replaced veteran punter
Tim Masthay in a surprising roster move.
didn't want to fill my head too much," Schum said. "But
we're professionals and we're kind of expected to know how to do
Kansas City running
back Knile Davis, who could be traded by the weekend, ran 15 times for
58 yards and a touchdown. The former third-round draft pick also
caught a pass out of the backfield.
Darrin Reaves also
had 63 yards rushing and a touchdown for Kansas City.
"I just wanted
to have a clean game, you know? Do everything right," Davis said.
"I wanted to hit my holes, catch a couple of balls, and just fine
PED ISSUE IN PAST
The Packers' Julius
Peppers said after the game he was happy to be cleared by the NFL this
week in a performance-enhancing drug probe. The league found there was
no evidence Peppers, teammate Clay Matthews and Steelers linebacker
James Harrison were provided with or used prohibited drugs,
allegations that were raised in an Al Jazeera America documentary.
City Chiefs running back Darrin Reaves (24) is tacked by Green
Bay Packers cornerback Demetri Goodson, center, and linebacker
Sam Barrington (58), during the first half of an NFL preseason
football game in Kansas City, Mo., Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016.
BERRY SITS OUT
As expected, Chiefs
SS Eric Berry sat out the preseason finale. Berry signed his franchise
tender last weekend and finally reported to training camp, but only
practiced a couple of days. Reid said he expects Berry to be ready for
the regular season.
Packers: SS Marwin
Evans had six tackles for Green Bay before getting shaken up on
special teams. RB Brandon Burks had 31 yards rushing on 12 carries in
Chiefs: SS Eric
Murray had a pair of tackles as he tries to win a backup job. WR
Tyreek Hill was targeted four times without a reception, dropping one
pass that would have been a first down.
Packers: The wide
receiver depth after Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb remains in flux.
Davante Adams, Ty Montgomery and Jared Abbrederis are in the mix.
Abbrederis had two catches for 49 yards Thursday night, while Adams
caught two passes for 20 yards.
Chiefs: LBs Ramik
Wilson and Justin March are competing for Kansas City's inside
linebacker spot alongside Derrick Johnson following a season-ending
injury to Josh Mauga. Wilson had a nice tackle for loss early in the
game and appeared to have the inside track.
Bay Packers wide receiver Ty Montgomery (88) can't hold on to a
pass in front of Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Kenneth Acker
(27) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game in
Kansas City, Mo., Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016.
Packers: Rookie WR
Trevor Davis left the game with a shoulder injury after making a nice
catch along the sideline on the first series of the game. Geronimo
Allison replaced him on the next possession.
Chiefs: The Chiefs
rested RB Jamaal Charles and LB Tamba Hali, just as they did their
first three preseason games. Both are coming off knee surgery but are
expected to play in the season opener.