Packers WR Lazard making name for himself during preseason
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Allen Lazard, Packers wide receiver (↑ UP)
Lazard began training camp buried down a deep depth chart of receivers, with only a few spots available on the opening 53-man roster. Among his competition are three draft picks from last season and an undrafted free agent (Darrius Shepherd) who has been making plays. But in the preseason it’s been Lazard who has led the Packers in receiving yards after two games, with 90. In Thursday’s loss to the Ravens he had three catches for 63 yards. He also got a nod of approval from Aaron Rodgers, which certainly doesn’t hurt his cause. "Some guys who you didn’t maybe think of before camp who’ve had great camps, and I’m talking about, specifically, Allen Lazard,” said Rodgers on Monday. “I think he’s had a really nice camp. He’s made a bunch of plays. He’s always showing up on special teams. He does things the right way at practice. He’s put himself into a position to be playing for all 32 teams."
Davante Adams, Packers wide receiver (↑ UP)
Honestly, Adams hasn’t done anything this past week on the field to make us put him here. Consider this an appreciation. He’s not someone who calls out other teams or players and has no problem with his helmet. All he does is perform, to the tune of three straight seasons with 70+ catches and 10+ touchdowns. So, thanks for saving all your drama for on the football field.
Mike Moustakas, Brewers third baseman (↑ UP)
After struggling in July, Moustakas has found his stroke again in August. This past week he went on a power binge, with two doubles and three home runs among his eight hits. Moose also drove in eight runs in the five games he played.
Brewers pitching (↓ DOWN)
It hasn’t been a good past few days for the Milwaukee staff. The Brewers allowed 30 runs over two games Saturday and Sunday to Washington and then nine more to St. Louis on Tuesday. After a 14-inning game Saturday, Chase Anderson had to take one on the chin Sunday, allowing 10 runs in 2 1/3 innings. Of the 17 pitchers who toiled for the Brewers in the past week, 14 allowed at least one run (Alex Claudio, Jay Jackson and Drew Pomeranz being the exceptions, and they totaled all of 5 2/3 innings).
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Tyler Biadasz and Jonathan Taylor, Badgers center & running back (↑ UP)
If there’s a college football preseason All-America list out there, this pair is listed on the first team. The Associated Press. USA Today. Sports Illustrated. ESPN. And so on. While Wisconsin will no doubt rely on Taylor throughout the 2019 season, Biadasz’s return to school is huge as he’ll anchor a young offensive line which will help open the holes for Taylor and protect an inexperience quarterback (no matter who is back there).