Green Bay opens the preseason with a 24-9 win over the Eagles

Brett Hundley threw a touchdown pass and Trevor Davis returned a punt for a score to help the Green Bay Packers beat the Philadelphia Eagles 24-9 in the preseason opener for both teams Thursday night at Lambeau Field.

“We took a step tonight as a football team,” coach Mike McCarthy said. “It’s always important to win. This game is about winning even if it is the preseason.”

Starting in place of Aaron Rodgers at quarterback, Hundley got off to a bit of a rough start, fumbling the first snap of the game. But he got it going in the second quarter, leading a Green Bay scoring drive that he capped off with a pretty 20-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Jeff Janis. Hundley finished the night 8 of 15 for 90 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

The throw to Janis was the second touchdown of the night, though, as Davis had been in the end zone just minutes earlier thanks to a 68-yard punt return for a score.

“Trevor did an outstanding job not only getting vertical but finishing there when he bounced outside and made the punter miss and scored a touchdown,” McCarthy said. “A well executed play and a great return.”

Undrafted rookie Taysom Hill capped the scoring for the night by finding another undrafted rookie, wide receiver Michael Clark, for a 7-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter.

Defensively, Green Bay forced four turnovers, including a pair of interceptions. But the one series that the entire first-team defense was on the field for, Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz carved them up. The team’s first-round pick in 2016, Wentz was 4 of 4 for 56 yards and tossed a 38-yard touchdown to Mack Hollins.

Unfortunately, the biggest story of the night was injuries. Cornerback Damarious Randall left with a concussion, center Don Barclay was carted off the field with an ankle injury and rookie wide receiver Malachi Dupre was taken off the field on a stretcher after absorbing a big hit in the fourth quarter. He later tweeted he was OK.

Green Bay’s next preseason game is Aug. 19 at Washington.

Odd man out: Packers planning to keep just five or six wide receivers

The Green Bay Packers have a glut of wide receivers on their roster, and head coach Mike McCarthy doesn’t know which ones or how many will still be around when the team opens the season on Sept. 11 in Jacksonville.

“You’d like to think you’d have six receivers coming out of it,” McCarthy told reporters before Saturday morning’s practice. “Maybe it will be five. The players will decide that.”

Some had speculated that Green Bay would keep seven receivers but McCarthy clearly is not thinking that way. And it means that at least one of the players the Packers have drafted over the past three seasons will not be on the roster opening day.

Seemingly the only two players guaranteed a spot are veterans Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb. Nelson missed all of last season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), and is now on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list due to a “hiccup” in his other knee.

“I see him putting everything he has into it. That’s the way he goes about his business,” offensive coordinator Edgar Bennett said when asked what he expected of Nelson when he came back. “You talk about being a true pro. That’s Jordy Nelson. So he’s going to do everything he possibly can classroom-wise, rehab-wise and then when he steps back on the practice field he’ll be ready to play.”

Cobb is coming off a disappointing season for him when he was forced to be the No. 1 wide receiver and wasn’t always able to deliver. He led the team in catches with 79, but his 829 yards were the fewest for him in a full season since his rookie year of 2011.

The other three or four spots will come down to third-year receivers Davante Adams, Jeff Janis, and Jared Abbrederis, 2015 third-round pick Ty Montgomery and 2016 fifth-round pick Trevor Davis. All five have obstacles to overcome.

For Adams, it’s his sophomore slump. Tabbed as the “offseason MVP” by McCarthy in the spring and summer of 2015, Adams didn’t have the season many expected. He averaged just 9.7 yards per catch on his 50 receptions after being at 11.7 as a rookie. The former Fresno State star appeared on the verge of a bounce back in the playoffs, grabbing four passes and a touchdown against Washington in the Wild Card game before a knee injury ended his season.

“[I’m] leaving everything negative behind me, bringing the positive things forward and growing on that,” Adams said this week. “[I’m] just ready to compete with myself and continue to get better. Because I know the sky is the limit. I know my potential is there, I just got to make sure I’m capitalizing.”

For Abbrederis and Montgomery, it’ll be about staying healthy. The latter played in just six games last season before an ankle injury ended his year. And he remains out, joining Nelson on the PUP list. Abbrederis, the former Wisconsin standout, missed all of his rookie season with a torn ACL, and then most of training camp last summer due to a severe concussion. When on the field, Abbrederis is among the best route runners on the team.

Janis is the most talked about among the young guys, largely because he’s an athletic freak. He had a breakout game against Arizona in the playoffs, catching seven passes for 145 yards and two touchdowns, including one that sent the game into overtime. But he’s not always where he’s supposed to be and hasn’t necessarily been able to gain a lot of traction with quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

“We want all our football players to just be consistent,” Bennett said this week. “That’s the goal. We always talk about controlling the controllables, and how we go about doing that. The main thing is being fundamentally sound … and that’s what we’re working on right here and right now.”

If any of the young guys has turned heads in the first week of camp it’s Davis. A speedster that the Packers clocked at 4.3 seconds in the 40-yard dash, the Cal product had a leaping one-handed catch on the first day. He’s the type of receiver that was missing when Nelson went down last year – a guy that can take the top off a defense. But he’s still learning. And despite the competition, the other receivers are willing to help.

“Whenever I have a question, whenever I need to learn anything, I can go to them,” Davis said after a recent practice. “Just knowing I can come to them any given time and they’re great at teaching me. They’re great at teaching every single receiver here. It’s the best situation. It’s great, really.”

Hundley and Davis excel at day two of Packers camp

Green Bay, Wisconsin |  Packers backup quarterback Brett Hundley continues to develop his craft using a little tool he learned from quarterback Aaron Rodgers – the hard count. Hundley got several guys to jump at the line of scrimmage at today’s day two of Packers training camp.

“You got to act like the ball is about to come on one,” said Hundley. “For it to work like it did today was really fun to see.”

Hundley is going to get plenty of time to excel over the next few weeks. With five preseason games, Hundley will get the bulk of the snaps.

“For me all the reps I get I’m embracing it all.”

Hundley, who’s in his second year out of UCLA, was asked how much he’s learned from quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

“Everything! I mean how to be a quarterback. How to handle the ups and downs. How to stay consistent is the biggest key for a quarterback.”

Also today in practice, rookie wide receiver Trevor Davis continued to take advantage of opportunities. For the second straight day Davis made a leaping catch – a one handed grab that wowed the crowd. With receivers Jordy Nelson and Ty Montgomery still sidelined with injuries, Davis is getting his chance to shine. But he admits he has a lot to learn.

“Me personally I like to get the details down but I have to get a lot better at them,” said Davis. “Making the big plays is fun, but I have to stay more consistent with details.”

Davis’ 4.4 speed was one of the big reasons the Packers drafted the receiver out of California in the fifth round. Davis says sure he’s fast.. but so is everyone else!

“Yeah the speed is definitely faster. You’re playing against guys that are all great athletes and are fast. That’s why you have to be so good at details. That’s what makes you win routes.”

Davis went on to say he’s just trying to earn the trust of the quarterbacks and enjoys learning from the other receivers.

He’ll get another lesson Thursday morning at 8:15. That’s when the Packers will practice for the first time this training camp with the pads on.