Green Bay Packers’ Graham Harrell Shines in 2012 Preseason Finale: Fan’s Reaction

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The Green Bay Packers completed their 2012 NFL preseason schedule with a 24-3 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on August 30, 2012. Graham Harrell had a dazzling performance that included three touchdown drives. The Packers will have a difficult time not keeping six wide receivers. For that, they can thank Jarrett Boykin and Tori Gurley.

Here were some observations from that contest.

Graham Harrell

It was as if Aaron Rodgers had suited up in Graham Harrell's jersey. Harrell completed 13-of-15 passes for 223 yards with two touchdowns. He successfully operated a two-minute scoring drill in the first half. Gurley should've caught one of Harrell's two incompletions.

With Harrell in the game, the Packers scored 21 points in approximately one quarter of play. Any doubts about whether he'd win the No. 2 quarterback job were laid to rest after that performance.

Jarrett Boykin

Jarrett Boykin had five receptions for 82 yards with one touchdown. This was his second game in which he had five receptions. Through three preseason games, Boykin has 13 receptions for 166 yards with one touchdown.

The Packers have a fascinating project here. At 6-foot-2 and 218 pounds, Boykin combines a large frame with a great set of hands. He's athletic and effective in yards after catch (YAC). Boykin looked like a veteran when he had somebody who could throw him the ball.

Boykin should make the team. He's one of the top-53 players on the roster. Gurley is also good enough to warrant a roster spot. Gurley probably won't make the team unless Donald Driver or James Jones were moved by the August 31 deadline for roster cuts.

B.J. Raji

The biggest storyline occurred when B.J. Raji twisted his ankle in the opening series. Raji was limping on the sideline after he had his ankle tapped. However, Mike McCarthy wasn't concerned about his availability for Week 1.

Run Defense

The Chiefs had 247 rushing yards on 44 attempts. Nate Eachus, Shaun Draughn and Peyton Hillis had each averaged at least 4.7 yards per carry. After Raji got injured, the Packers' defense appeared to play soft. Daniel Muir wasn't effective at nose tackle.

More Notes

Sam Shields had another interception. Depending on Casey Hayward's progression, don't be surprised to see Shields re-instated as the No. 2 cornerback at some point. Erik Walden, Mike Daniels and Terrell Manning each had one sack. Cedric Benson had his first fumble. That's a concern for a player with 12 fumbles in two seasons. Alex Green doesn't look like he's usable for anything more than screen plays. Jermichael Finley had an acrobatic 27-yard reception.

Next Up

The Packers must trim their roster to 53 players by August 31 at 8:00 p.m. (Central Time). They'll open their series when they host the San Francisco 49ers on September 9.

Joshua Huffman graduated from Middle Tennessee State University as a marketing major in 2009. He's been a Middle Tennessee resident from 1986-88 and 2001-present. He lived in the Upper Peninsula and Northern Wisconsin from 1988-01 and for approximately eight months in 2009-10 as he completed a 20-game volunteer position with the USHL's Green Bay Gamblers. His favorite sports organizations include the Green Bay Packers, Chicago Cubs, Nashville Predators and Tennessee Titans. He can be found on Twitter HERE.

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