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BACKUP A TOSS-UP AARON RODGERS IS PLEASED WITH HIS PLAY, BUT HE'S NOT A LOCK FOR THE NO.2 QB SPOT.

BACKUP A TOSS-UP AARON RODGERS IS PLEASED WITH HIS PLAY, BUT HE'S NOT A LOCK FOR THE NO.2 QB SPOT.

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Aaron Rodgers isn't sure if he did enough to secure the Green Bay Packers' No.2 quarterback job behind Brett Favre.

But the rookie first-round pick knows he came through with his best performance of the preseason in Thursday night's 21-17 victory at Tennessee.

Offensive coordinator Tom Rossley said the competition between Rodgers and incumbent Craig Nall was not yet decided.

"We'll go back and look and study the tape, but the good thing is they both played well," Rossley said. "We're happy with both of them."

That would mean J.T. O'Sullivan, who did not play in the preseason finale, will be among today's cuts.

When Favre left for three plays with a sprained ankle, Rodgers came in cold and completed a 16-yard pass to Andrae Thurman on third-and-8 to keep the Packers' first touchdown drive going.

"It'd be nice to get a couple warmup throws, but I went out there cold-turkey. And that's what a backup needs to do -- be ready at any time," Rodgers said. "On this team, with Brett Favre in charge, that doesn't happen much, but if I am the No. 2 guy, I'll definitely be ready."

Rodgers took over for Favre after that and couldn't manage even a first down in his next four series. But to start the second half, he took advantage of a drive-boosting 33-yard pass interference penalty to lead the offense to his first points of the preseason on a 12-yard touchdown pass to tight end Ben Steele.

Nall took over after that and threw an interception but also tossed the 10-yard, go-ahead touchdown pass to Walt Williams.

"For the first time, I think I showed my potential out there,' said Rodgers, who finished the preseason having completed 20 of 37 passes for 172 yards, one touchdown, two interceptions and a 53.0 passer rating.\ \ Guard duty

Veteran left guard Adrian Klemm went home to the Indianapolis area Friday fed up with trying to figure out if he had locked up a starting spot.

He and rookie right guard Will Whitticker started for the fourth straight game, but while the coaches appear committed to Whitticker, Klemm could lose out to converted center Scott Wells.

"I've started every preseason game, I think I've improved every single week. .., Whatever they decide, they decide, and I'll be back on Sunday to deal with it," Klemm said.

Rossley wouldn't say who the starters will be in the regular-season opener at Detroit, admitting only that "we're going to have some growing pains, but they'll get better every week. We'll be all right at guard."\ \ Extra points

Wide receiver Javon Walker said he received word from his parents Thursday that his grandparents and two uncles were safe in Moss Point, Miss., in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. ... Several times during Thursday night's game, the Coliseum scoreboard showed a funny NFL Network ad that uses a music theme. At the end, usually stoic and un-hip Packers coach Mike Sherman says, "At Lambeau Field, Jay-Z is always in the hizzle."

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