James Jones took a big step toward solidifying a spot as the team’s No. 3 wide receiver against the Seattle Seahawks.
Jones caught four passes for 58 yards and scored two touchdowns in the Packers' 48-13 rout over the Seattle Seahawks. Jones’s catch-and-run pass over the middle from Brett Favre for a 16-yard touchdown gave the Packers a 17-3 lead early in the second quarter.
Jones hooked up with Aaron Rodgers for a seven-yard touchdown pass later on in the second quarter that put Green Bay up 31-10. Jones’ acrobatic 20-yard catch over cornerback Marcus Trufant along the right sideline keyed the touchdown drive.
Jones has made 10 catches for 116 yards this preseason and seems to be getting more comfortable with the offense and Favre and Rodgers each time out.
“Definitely getting that first game under my belt and getting this one under my belt, I’m starting to relax and feel comfortable,” said Jones.
Jones is competing with Ruvell Martin for the No. 3 spot at wide receiver behind Donald Driver and Greg Jennings.
Bubba bounces back
Bubba Franks followed a solid week of practice with solid game against the Seahawks. Franks caught three passes for 21 yards as the Packers moved 47 yards in 12 plays before Mason Crosby converted a 37-yard field goal attempt.
Franks was under fire after dropping a pass from Aaron Rodgers in the preseason opener against the Steelers, but the veteran shrugged it off by making a number of impressive catches during practices this week.
"Bubba, really you're seeing him transfer his preparation and his practice performance to the game,” said Packers coach Mike McCarthy. “I'm very happy with the training camp that Bubba's had. I think we're being smart with him with the one a day practices and taking care of that knee (injury) that he has is really helping him. I thought he had a nice night."
Wide receiver Shaun Bodiford, offensive tackle Orrin Thompson, defensive end Mike Montgomery and fullback Ryan Powdrell each sustained medial collateral ligament injuries during Saturday night’s game. All four are expected to be out for at least two weeks, head coach Mike McCarthy said afterward.
Bodiford injured his knee as he was tackled on the game’s opening kickoff. Is was not immediately known how Thompson, Montgomery and Powdrell were injured.
Did not suit up
Seven Packers did not suit up for the game, including running backs Vernand Morency (knee), P.J. Pope (knee), and DeShawn Wynn (quadriceps); fullback Brandon Miree (stinger); guard Tony Palmer (hamstring), offensive tackle Tony Moll (stinger), and defensive end DeVon Hicks (groin).
The Seahawks opted to keep a number of their starters on offense out of the game due to minor injuries. Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, and starting offensive tackles Walter Jones and Sean Locklear did not suit up.
Other Seahawks who did not suit up included safety Jordan Babineaux, linebacker Leroy Hill, wide receiver Courtney Taylor, defensive tackle Marcus Tubbs, and tight ends Leonard Stephens and Will Heller.
-- Aaron Rodgers served as the holder for both kickers - Dave Rayner and Mason Crosby
-- The second-team offense line that began the third quarter consisted of left tackle Orrin Thompson, left guard Allen Barbre, center Tyson Walter, right guard Travis Leffew, and right tackle Junius Coston.
-- Will Blackmon, Frank Walker and Jarrett Bush were the first cornerbacks to play in the game in a passing defense that did not include starters Charles Woodson and Al Harris.