Notebook: One-and-done offense

Also from the 23-21 loss to the Titans in the preseason finale: snapper Jansen and lineman Coston hurt; Bishop delivers from weak side; rookie DE Thompson makes key play; and much more.

Greg Jennings probably was the only member of the No. 1 offense to break a sweat. Much to Ryan Grant's amusement.

The Packers' starting offense ran only one play, a 68-yard touchdown pass from Aaron Rodgers to Jennings. Jennings ran a deep out, and when the safety and cornerback went for the interception, Jennings had an easy run down the sideline for a touchdown.

That was it for the starting offense, with almost every starter – including Grant – getting the rest of the night off.

This was the standout running back's preseason debut after missing the first three games with a strained hamstring. Grant was looking forward to taking some live hits — his first since the NFC title game in January — to get him ready for the regular season. But, instead of the 10 or so plays coach Mike McCarthy figured the starting offense would run, it was one and done.

"I said, ‘Come on, man, I want to play,'" a smiling Grant said he told McCarthy. "That wasn't supposed to be the plan. But, that's how it goes sometimes. We expect to score the first play every time, but I did kind of want Greg to go out of bounds. ‘Step out of bounds, Greg!'"

McCarthy said he considered putting the starting offense back in the game, but noted his "No. 1 priority" for the starters to end the game with no more injuries.

"We felt like out body of work to this point was enough information to answer the questions that we have," he continued. "This game for us, particularly, was about the evaluation of a number of our younger players."

So, Grant enters the regular season with zero preseason carries. Zero game-speed hits. He said he'll ask his teammates to give him some bumps when practice resumes Monday. Time will tell if that will be a good enough facsimile to getting walloped by 650 or so pounds of Pat and Kevin Williams.

Injury report

McCarthy said center/guard Junius Coston and long-snapper J.J. Jansen sustained knee injuries, though he was uncertain of their severity.

Coston said his knee buckled when he got rolled on during the second quarter. He was carted off the field.

 "I don't feel good. We're definitely going to get it scanned, and hopefully it turns out for the best," Coston said.

McCarthy, meanwhile, didn't sound anxious to call on former long-snapper Rob Davis should Jansen's injury be severe. "I think Rob is comfortable in his position" as director of player development.

Jansen was injured while throwing a block for Jon Ryan on the punter's 34-yard scramble in the fourth quarter.

Pregame injury report

Titans quarterback Vince Young entered the game completing 43.2 percent of his passes with a 44.4 passer rating this summer. He got a major break against a Packers secondary without starting cornerbacks Charles Woodson (knee) and Al Harris (back) and safety Atari Bigby (ankle).

Five other starters also were out for the Packers: linebacker A.J. Hawk (chest), defensive tackle Ryan Pickett (hamstring), center Scott Wells (back), receiver James Jones (knee) and guard Josh Sitton (knee). Also out: safety Charlie Peprah (hamstring) and defensive end Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila (knee). They both missed all four preseason games.

For the record, Young is a great runner but poor passer. He completed 13-of-27 passes for 134 yards, with no touchdowns or interceptions. His rating was 62.9.

Bishop delivers

Playing weak-side linebacker for the first time in a game, Desmond Bishop had a superlative first quarter, with four tackles, a quarterback hit and a pass breakup.

On the Titans' drive spanning the first and second quarters, Bishop dumped tight end Bo Scaife for a gain of 0 yards, prevented a big play on a screen to lightning-fast running back Chris Johnson that gained only 4 yards and blitzed and nailed Young to force an incompletion.

"It's a little different, but at the end of the day, you're just playing football," Bishop said.

Thompson in a rush

Rookie defensive end Jeremy Thompson didn't produce much during training camp, but he had a game-turning play in the third quarter. His strong pass rush forced an interception that got the Packers back in the game.

"I read pass and wanted to get a good rush," the fourth-round pick said. "When I turned the corner, I saw the quarterback and saw he was going to throw, so I just took a final swipe at the ball and got a piece of it."

Extra points

— The players will get Friday through Sunday off before beginning preparations for the Week 1 opener against Minnesota on Monday.

— The final roster cutdown, from 75 players to 53, must be made by 5 p.m. Central on Saturday (not 3 p.m., as some league material states). General manager Ted Thompson will discuss the roster on Sunday.

— Want to make a roster as a long shot? Don't be like seventh-round pick Brett Swain, who called for a fair catch on a punt with nobody within 15 yards of him. On the next punt, he veered to the sideline and ducked out of bounds rather than try to make something happen. He did, however, catch three passes for 18 yards and a touchdown.

— Ryan was the Packers' leading rusher with his 34-yard run.

— To give them a level playing field, McCarthy alternated rookie quarterbacks Brian Brohm and Matt Flynn every two series. As has been the case all preseason, seventh-round pick Flynn got the better end of the duel with second-round pick Brohm. Flynn completed 8-of-13 passes for 77 yards with two touchdowns. He was sacked twice. Brohm completed 7-of-12 passes for 52 yards. He was sacked four times.

"I think both our young quarterbacks were in some tough spots, particularly early in the game — probably the whole first half," McCarthy said of playing against the Titans' No. 1 defense. "Frankly, I liked the way they went about their business. They kept battling."

— The Titans outrushed the Packers 206 yards to 116 en route to a 403 to 266 edge in yardage. Tennessee enjoyed a huge edge in time of possession, 36:45 to 23:15.

— Coaches don't like overtime in the preseason because it just means more opportunities for injuries. McCarthy, though, said he never considered kicking an extra point after the game-ending touchdown.

Bill Huber is editor of Packer Report and E-mail him at

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