Green Bay Packers opened the 2014 NFL season on Thursday Night Football with a disappointing 36-16 defeat to the Seattle Seahawks.
Amongst the big names that took their field on Thursday night from Marshawn Lynch to Eddie Lacy and Aaron Rodgers to Russell Wilson, one particular player was making his NFL debut in the loudest stadium in the NFL.
That man was Packers rookie center Corey Linsley, and considering the harsh surroundings at CenturyLink Stadium, Linsley performed admirably on his debut.
But even though for the most part he was impressive in difficult circumstances, the Packers rookie did make a terrible mistake when his botched snap went for a safety and disrupted the Packers momentum in the second-half.
After the play was over, quarterback Aaron Rodgers seemed to get angry with the young center, and Linsley confirmed as much post-game.
"Obviously, he got on me like a leader should," Linsley told ESPN. "And I think that was our only one."
But despite this error of judgement by Linsley, the rookie center had a hugely successful debut amongst his new offensive line teammates.
When any team goes to Seattle these days, the world champion's fans provide one of the toughest challenges. The sheer noise levels force teams to try silent counts, but most fail and get called for several false starts.
However, the Packers did not get flagged for a single false start during the game, which is a remarkable feat for the offensive line unit, and an example of how good Corey Linsley could be for the Packers in the coming years.
And despite his criticism of his center during the game, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers had positive words for the rookie post-game.
"Corey did a great job," Rodgers explained. "He did a really good job of protection. I thought the protection was really good inside and snaps were solid. He's learning. This is his first start, he’s a rookie, but I thought he held his own well. I think he can do a good job for us."
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