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Alex Brandon, AP
Green Bay Packers quarterback Taysom Hill (8) carries the ball into the end zone for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL preseason football game against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md., Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

LANDOVER, Md. — Aaron Rodgers made a surprise start and looked to be in midseason form, going 6 for 8 for 37 yards and a TD pass — plus one of his trademark quick snaps to draw a penalty — on his lone drive for Green Bay, while Kirk Cousins and the rest of Washington's first-team offense sputtered in the Packers' 21-17 exhibition victory Saturday night.

The Redskins did not manage to collect a single first down until the final play of the opening quarter, during their fourth possession of the evening. Their initial three resulted in an embarrassing total of 13 yards. Cousins was 2 for 6 for 9 yards in that span, while running back Rob Kelley gained 4 yards on three carries behind a starting offensive line that provided little push.

Jamaal Williams, a fourth-round pick out of BYU, started and had seven carries for 12 yards. Aaron Jones, taken in the fifth round from UTEP, caught a 5-yard TD pass from backup QB Todd Hundley in the second quarter.

QB Taysom Hill, an undrafted free agent from BYU, led a seven-play, 65-yard TD drive in the fourth quarter that included his fourth-down run for a first down and his 23-yard scoring scamper for the winning points. He's competing with Joe Callahan for the third QB spot.


Green Bay: DE Dean Lowry hurt his left knee in the second quarter.

Washington: RT Morgan Moses left after the game's second play, but returned later in the opening quarter.


The Packers were without RB Ty Montgomery (leg), CB Davon House (hamstring) and CB Damarious Randall (concussion protocol). The Redskins were missing TE Jordan Reed (toe), LB Junior Galette (hamstring), S Su'a Cravens (knee) and WR Maurice Harris (knee).