Packers-Titans notes

A number of players on Green Bay's roster found themselves on the dreaded "bubble" heading into the preseason finale. As the Packers went on to fall to the Tennessee Titans Friday, some players may have solidified their place on the roster while others gave general manager Ted Thompson and Company more reasons to release them.

Here's a look at players who did enough against the Titans to earn a roster spot and slide off the bubble for now, and those who probably will be on the outside looking in on Saturday when the final cuts are announced.

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Noah Herron The running back has been average this preseason, but made the most of his opportunity against the Titans by leading the Packers in rushing with 65 yards on 12 carries and a touchdown. Herron, who also broke free for a 23-yard run early in the fourth quarter, is battling for a roster spot against Najeh Davenport, Samkon Gado and Arliss Beach.

Jason Horton Though the cornerback was beaten a few times earlier in the game, he came back to break up two straight passes in the third quarter. One of his passes defensed should have been caught for an interception.

Tra Boger The safety probably earned a roster spot over Atari Bigby and Jeremy Modkins by finished second on the team with seven tackles and two assisted tackles on special teams.

Dave Tollefson The defensive end is up against Jason Hunter for the fourth spot at defensive end. He finished the game with six tackles and 1 ½ sacks. He also had one tackle and one assisted tackle on special teams, which is where he might have the edge over Hunter for a roster spot.

Jason Hunter He had a half-sack, one quarterback hit, and a few other pressures. He didn't have any special teams tackles, but has shown a slightly better ability to rush the quarterback than Tollefson.

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Corey Rodgers The receiver/return specialist likely cost himself a roster spot with his performance against the Titans. The fourth-round draft pick muffed a punt that was recovered by one of his teammates and dropped a catchable pass. It is obvious that Rodgers' confidence is shattered in both areas.

He needed to show the staff that can can field punts and catch passes, and he failed in both areas. The fact that he's a high draft pick probably shouldn't help him.

Johnny Jolly - The defensive tackle had four tackles, but was flagged for taunting after one of his tackles early in the fourth quarter. Jolly is a sixth-round draft pick, which might save him, but he may be the odd man out in a crowded position.

Ahmad Carroll - The cornerback was quiet for most of the day, but he drew an offsides penalty early in the first quarter that kept a Titans drive alive and led to a touchdown. The Packers have seen this too many times from Carroll to look the other way.

Ingle Martin - The quarterback moved the team for a touchdown in the final two minutes of the game, but before that he was horrendous. On a fourth and 4 from the 4, Martin rolled to his right and ran out of bounds at the 5. On next series, he overthrew tight end Zac Alcorn and into the hands of safety Vincent Fuller who returned it to the Packers' 18.

Did not suit up
Five players did not suit up because of injuries and a handful of other starters did not suit up as the coaching staff evaluated younger players. Cornerback Will Blackmon (foot), running back Arliss Beach (ankle), fullback William Henderson (knee), safety Atari Bigby (hand) and offensive tackle Josh Bourke (calf) were unable to play because of injuries.

Cornerbacks Al Harris and Charles Woodson did not suit up, allowing Ahmad Carroll and Jason Horton to start.

Injury report
Defensive lineman Kenny Peterson was helped off the field with 4:32 remaining in the first quarter after aggravating his tender right ankle. He had missed a number of practices after injuring the ankle Aug. 10 in practice.


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