GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Exactly one month before the Packers kick off the 2012 regular season, they will begin their preseason schedule Thursday night in San Diego against the Chargers.
With 90 players on the training camp roster and only 53 spots available for when the games start to count, plenty of jobs can be won and lost -- in exhibition contests. The preseason is also an important time for development and on-field chemistry building for the large group of players who are assured of making the Packers' active roster.
Five things to watch for in Green Bay's preseason opener, which begins at 7 p.m. CT and will be televised nationally on ESPN:
1. Rookie debuts: This will be the first time Packers rookies can compete against players who are not teammates. Will Nick Perry be able to get pressure on Philip Rivers and the rest of the Chargers' quarterbacks? Perry has been handed the starting outside linebacker job opposite Clay Matthews, so Green Bay needs its first-round pick to perfo...