Bolton is the first to admit his interception, which set up a 41-yard Sam Ficken field goal, wouldn’t have been possible if not for Brown’s deflection.
A waiver claim from the Los Angeles Chargers after camp last September, Brown has established himself as the No. 4 cornerback at the moment behind Jaire Alexander, Kevin King and veteran Tramon Williams.
While Bolton didn’t know it was Brown at first who patted the ball up, it came as no surprise once he was told who was responsible.
“He’s had a hell of a camp, and from what I’ve heard, he’s improved tremendously,” Bolton said. “If you ask me, he’s starter-caliber in this league.”
Early returns: Allen Lazard and Darrius Shepherd continue to give the Packers a lot to think about when assessing their wide-open receiver competition.
Lazard led the Packers with three catches for 63 yards, all of which came from backup quarterback Tim Boyle, while Shepherd returned the opening kickoff 36 yards and hauled in a touchdown pass for a second straight week.
The two receivers contributed to the offense’s most successful series of the night, a seven-play, 84-yard drive in the third quarter that began with Darrin Hall’s 28-yard run.
With the Ravens biting on a play-action, Boyle first hit Lazard in the middle of the field for 25 yards and then found the former Iowa State standout again for 21 to set up Shepherd’s 6-yard touchdown catch in the back of the end zone two plays later.
“I think it was great for us to connect as a whole offense,” Lazard said. “To be able to move the ball 80-some yards down the field. Just for that whole drive. Obviously, it was eight or so plays. For us, to get that connection going and rhythm, I think was huge.”
Lazard (6-5, 227) and Shepherd (5-10, 186) are the biggest and smallest receivers on the Packers’ 90-man roster. Yet, the two undrafted players are pushing for jobs behind presumptive starters Davante Adams, Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Geronimo Allison.