GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - Prior to Thursday night it was a tale of two camps for Jake Kumerow and Marquez Valdes-Scantling. The former had drawn praise from Aaron Rodgers, while the latter had dropped many wide open would-be touchdown tosses from #12. But in the preseason opener both showed off and showed they are in this thing to make the final 53.
“It's always great to score a touchdown,” Valdes-Scantling said. “In the NFL it is always hard to score touchdowns. To be able to go out there and Tim have the trust to throw it up to me, I appreciate him. He threw a great ball and I made a great catch. Those are the plays that you have to make all the time, whether it's in a game or in practice.”
“That's what we are supposed to do as receivers is catch the ball,” Kumerow said. “I didn't do anything out of the ordinary. I just ran my route. It feels good. I'm just trying to live it up man.”
Before kickoff all eyes were on Brett Hundley and Deshone Kizer for the backup battle behind Rodgers, but don't forget about Tim Boyle. He threw 2 touchdown passes and the trio took turns making plays. Hundley started things off with a 48-yard bomb to Davante Adams, before being one-upped by Kizer's 51-yard lob for Valdes-Scantling, and Boyle capped off the night with the 52-yarder to Kumerow.
“I'm not really worried about the whole quarterback situation,” Boyle said. “I'm just going to run the offense and see what happens. But I'm not really shooting for the 2nd-string or 3rd-string, I'm just running the offense and will let the chips fall where they may.”
“I think with experience you gain anticipation, understanding, and control,” Hundley said. “For me, things were so slow out there. The game slowed down and it was fun to go out there and go through my reads and be able to make the throws I needed to make.”
“Feeling the atmosphere, feeling the game, feeling the offense, for the most part we were able to go out there and string together positive plays,” Kizer said.