Saints vs. Packers – Game Summary – Aug 19, 2022

GREEN BAY, Wis. – — Chris Olave continues to show that he is capable of making a big impact in his rookie season with the New Orleans Saints.

Ohio State’s first-round pick caught a 20-yard pass for his first touchdown of the preseason in the Saints’ 20-10 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Friday night. Olave also excelled at the Saints’ joint practices with the Packers on Tuesday and Wednesday.

“Any time there’s competition in front of us, I feel like I’m always going to do my best,” Olave said. “They have a good group in Green Bay, they have a good group in the secondary, and I feel like I’m taking the next step to becoming a great receiver in the NFL.”

Olave wasn’t the only rookie receiver to make a big play.

Green Bay’s Romeo Doubs, a fourth-round pick out of Nevada, caught a touchdown pass by Jordan Love for the second week in a row. The Packers’ other touchdown came on Danny Etling’s 51-yard quarterback goalie in the fourth quarter.

“We’ve had a really good connection, I think, since he came here for the OTAs,” Love said. “He’s been a guy who’s just been making plays.”

Olave, who set an Ohio State record with 35 touchdown receptions, went to the Saints with the 11th pick in the draft. He scored his touchdown with 12 seconds left.

The Saints’ other points came on Wil Lutz’s 59-yard field goal. New Orleans’ John Parker Romo missed a 35-yard attempt with 1:32 remaining.

Saints quarterback Ian Book played the entire game and was 16-of-28 for 113 yards while also rushing for 49 yards on seven carries. Notre Dame’s 2021 fourth-round pick fumbled and threw an interception on back-to-back possessions in the second quarter.

New Orleans rested Andy Dalton, who threw a touchdown pass on his only drive in the Saints’ preseason opener. Saints starting quarterback Jameis Winston is dealing with a foot injury.

“Andy got a ton of reps this week in practice,” Saints coach Dennis Allen said. “So there were a lot of guys that got a ton of reps in practice that we wanted to keep going into tonight’s game. And so we got a good look at Ian. He played the whole game. There were some positives, and then obviously the negative really turns into the two turnovers.”

With MVP Aaron Rodgers sitting out each of Green Bay’s first two games, the Packers have taken a broader look at Love. Packers coach Matt LaFleur said after Friday’s game that a decision had not yet been made on whether Rodgers will play in the final preseason game in Kansas City.

Love completed 12 of 24 passes for 113 yards, including the 4-yard touchdown pass to Doubs. LaFleur believed Love was better than the numbers listed and said about five passes were missed.

“I’ve gotten more comfortable being decisive, being able to let it go and not wait and hesitate for a play to open up,” Love said. “It all comes down to being comfortable with the offense and understanding where the receiver is going to be.”

Love’s most notable stat was his lack of turnovers. He completed 13 of 24 passes for 176 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions in a 28-21 loss to the San Francisco 49ers last week, though one interception came from tight end Tyler Davis and another was taken from Doubs. .

“I think it’s light years from where it was a year ago,” LaFleur said. “I think if you ask our guys in that locker room, every one of them would tell you that they have a lot of confidence in him. I think we’d all agree in that locker room that he’s one of the guys that has improved the most in the last year.”

ROOKIE REPORT

New Orleans’ Trevor Penning, a first-round pick out of northern Iowa, started at left tackle. Saints TE Lucas Krull, an undrafted free agent from Pittsburgh, had a 7-yard touchdown reception nullified by his own offensive pass interference penalty.

Green Bay’s Tyler Goodson, an undrafted free agent from Iowa, had 10 carries for 42 yards and a 10-yard reception.

Packers WR Christian Watson participated in pregame warmups but did not participate in the game. Second-round pick North Dakota State underwent knee surgery after organized team activities and was activated from the physically disabled list Sunday.

INJURIES

Packers S Vernon Scott injured his shoulder in the second quarter.

UNTIL NEXT TIME

Saints: They host the Los Angeles Chargers on Friday.

Packers: At Kansas City on Thursday.

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