For mop up work in a first preseason game, I thought Taysom's performance meant something. Even you hard core critics can't remember a 4th stringer leading a drive like that.
The fumble could have rattled him. I also watched Trubisky and Paxton Lynch. Trubisky was so nervous on his first drop back, his left knee buckled. The five yard out was so weak, it looked like it was going to get picked and run back. But he slowly started stringing some passes together and had a spectacular debut. Lynch looked unsettled the entire time. He was not comfortable with his reads, was bailing early out of the pocket and throwing late and high. His completions were mostly check downs. Fortunately,
Taysom was more Trubisky than Lynch.
After the fumble, Taysom could hardly have scripted it any better for a guy trying to build a resume as an NFL QB. Nice scramble for a first. Crossing route on time and on the money on third and long. Well thrown deep ball. And the perfect back shoulder fade in the end zone. If you were scoring a rubric, he was getting max points on each question.
He took full advantage of the slimmest of opportunities. If he hadn't been fully confident in his arm, he could have played it safe and checked down instead of thrown deep (and I have already seen some awful deep balls this preseason). Instead of the back shoulder fade, he could have tucked and run and tried to bull his way into the end zone.
In that first little cameo, he has already shown the Packers growth as a qb. And you know the staff has got to love his infectious personality and leadership. I think it is a long shot to be on the 53 man roster (GB is deep at qb and Taysom is the only new guy), but a practice squad role certainly looks solid. It was also a nice audition for the rest of the NFL. And whatever happens in the end, that was a such a cool drive. He really stepped up and hit a homerun when it mattered.