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Young Packers to get chance in first preseason game

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WAOW) -- NFL preseason games don't count, but as any coach in the league will tell you, they do matter.

"I want all of our young guys to play," Packers head coach Mike McCarthy candidly said this week.

Saturday night, Tennessee's LP Field becomes a proving ground for the Packers young players.

"I'm looking for every young player who has come through our doors to get an opportunity Saturday to show what he's got," McCarthy said.

And that leaves little playing time left for the veterans.

Last year, Aaron Rodgers played in only three preseason games, quarterbacking five series and taking just 45 snaps. He doesn't expect his workload during this preseason to be much different.

"I would say it's probably going to be pretty light," Rodgers, now in his 10th year in the league, said.

"It just depends on how much Mike (McCarthy) wants me to go," Rodgers said. "Whether that's a series or two or a quarter. Whatever it is, I'll be ready."

So how does Rodgers spend all of that extra time on the sidelines?

"I usually look for intelligent or interesting or funny signs in the crowd... During the timeouts," he joked.

But in reality, it's a good chance for Rodgers to get a new perspective on the game, which he can use to help his teammates.

"I like to stay engaged in the game because it's important," Rodgers added. "I want those guys to do well and play well, and I help them out while I can."

So with Rodgers and other veterans left on the sideline, it's time for the newcomers to shine.

Going into game one, McCarthy isn't expecting perfection, but does hope to see a strong effort from his team.

"I think it's important for us to go down there and play fast, and play fundamental, hard-nosed football," McCarthy concluded.

The Packers open up their preseason Saturday night. You can watch the game on Newsline 9. Coverage starts at 6:30 p.m. following Newsline 9 at 6, and kickoff is at 7:00 p.m.

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