Just about every year in the National Football League, a player slides down in the draft.
Just about every year that player makes the General Managers that passed on him pay with a superior performance.
Rodgers was touted as a Number One overall pick before tumbling into the waiting arms of Ted Thompson 23 slots later.
This season that player could well be running back Eddie Lacy, GB’s second round pick from Alabama.
Questions about Lacy’s health had him slip out of the first round.
The first team offense hasn’t gotten into the end zone in two preseason games.
But Lacy was indeed a bright spot in his first chance to shine Saturday night.
For the record, the Packers dispatched the St. Louis Rams, 19-7, at the Edward Jones Dome in the Gateway to the West.
Lacy showed off his ability to make positive yards on plays where it looked like he was stopped cold.
And he caught a ball from Rodgers in the flat for a first down.
This gives Rodgers one more weapon for defensive coordinators to think about.
Lacy gamboled for 40 yards on eight carries and caught a pass for 11 and a first down in the first half.
It's only the preseason and Lacy has to stay healthy.
But there is nothing to indicate that the banger from ‘Bama won’t be a major contributor to the effort right out of the gate.
Rodgers and Jermichael Finley chewed up a ton of real estate on their connections against the St. Louis Rams.
With Jordy Nelson still out and Randall Cobb still hobbling, Finley has had to shoulder the brunt of the workload.
While three solid drives with A-Rod at the reins seemed to fizzle in the red zone, the offense did look like it was in a nice groove.
Rookie left tackle David Bakhtiari kept Rodgers upright for the most part.
He did get beat by Robert Quinn, giving up a sack.
Rodgers was the most sacked QB in the league last year.
That is one statistic that simply has to change if the Packers want to repeat as NFC North Champs and go deep into the playoffs.
That is something that has eluded this talented bunch since winning Super Bowl XLV.
Fans were, of course, extremely disappointed when their team was shut out last week.
Settling for field goal attempts in their first five drives in St. Louis didn’t leave Packer Nation any more sanguine.
But, these games DO NOT COUNT.
Not only that, head coach Mike McCarthy and defensive coordinator Dom Capers keep their cards -- and their playbooks -- very close to the vest during August.
Teams tend to stick to the basics, limiting what their opponents can extract from this game footage.
The feel-good story of the season, the return to the league of Johnny Jolly after his incarceration, got quite a boost this week.
Jolly created havoc by batting down one pass and intercepting another in the end zone when the Rams were threatening.
Looks more like Jolly will be a lock to make this team as he is making the most of his second chance.
Clay Matthews, a slimmed down A.J. Hawk, Nick Perry, Mike Neal and rookie safety Micah Hyde displayed individual prowess as well.
The Pack comes back home to Lambeau Field on Friday, August 23, when the Seattle Seahawks and former Badger Russell Wilson pay a visit.
You may recall the fiasco at the end of their game last season when a Green Bay victory was awarded to Seattle on a blown call by the soon-to-be-extinct replacement referees.