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    My grades so far for the 2012 season

    I have my own stupid little blog where I spend way too much time talking about nothing. Here's the latest post, figured it was relevant to the Pack fans.

    Quarterbacks:
    Aaron Rodgers
    Stats-
    Passing: 238/354 67.2% 2,619 yards 27 TD 6 INT 7.4 YPA 107.3 QB rating
    Rushing: 36 Att 156 Yards 0 TD 4.6 Y/A
    Grade: A-
    Rodgers started out extremely slowly but has quickly returned to 2011/2012 MVP form. He's had a couple uncharacteristically bad throws, but he's on pace to have his 3rd sub 10 INT season in 5 years.

    Graham Harrell
    Stats-
    Passing: 0/0 0% 0 yards
    Rushing: 1 attempt 0 yards
    Grade: F
    He would get an incomplete, but he had trouble handling a snap that almost killed the Packers. Lost the ball inside the opponent's 5.

    Running Backs:
    Cedric Benson
    Stats-
    Rushing: 71 Att. 248 yards 1 TD 3.5 Y/A
    Receiving: 14 Rec 97 yards 0 TD 6.9 Y/R
    Grade: B-
    Ced's stats don't look amazing, but compare them with the stats of the past couple years of Green Bay rushing and he actually gave life to a dormant aspect of offense.

    Alex Green
    Stats-
    Rushing: 87 Att 272 yards 0 TD 3.1 Y/A
    Receiving: 11 Rec 90 yards 0 TD 8.2 Y/R
    Grade: C
    His stats are similar to Benson's, but Green struggled in pass protection and gaining short yardage. He seemed hesitant at too many points. Most of his yardage came on a 41 yard carry. He averages just 2.7 yards a carry without that run.

    James Starks
    Stats-
    Rushing: 48 Att 154 Yards 0 TD 3.2 Y/A
    Receiving: 2 Rec 15 yards 0 TD 7.5 Y/R
    Grade: C-
    He just escapes a D because of his performance yesterday. He ran hard, but much of the season before that he was a healthy scratch. That's a big fall considering that the 2 backs ahead of him are a 2nd year 3rd round pick coming off of a knee injury and the ancient Ced Benson.

    John Kuhn
    Stats-
    Rushing: 12 Att 38 yards 1 TD 3.2 Y/A
    Receiving: 8 Rec 70 yards 0 TD 8.8 Y/R
    Grade: B+
    Kuhn continues to just be extremely versatile. On offense, he is an excellent blocking fullback and he has good hands as a receiver. He doesn't get the A because he's still not a great short yardage back, but he's getting there.

    Johnny White
    Stats-
    Rushing: 0 Att 0 yards 0 TD 0 Y/A
    Grade: INC
    Hasn't seen action yet.

    Brandon Saine
    Stats-
    Rushing: 0 Att 0 yards 0 TD 0 Y/A
    Grade: INC
    He had a productive period in 2011 where he gained 138 yards on 28 touches, but an injury has shelved Saine for the year in 2012.

    Tight Ends
    Jermichael Finley
    Stats-
    Receiving: 32 Rec 337 yards 2 TDs 10.5 Y/R
    Grade: C-
    His lack of production is inexcusable. I'd say more, but I'd get too angry.

    Tom Crabtree
    Stats-
    Receiving: 6 Rec 183 yards 3 TDs 30.5 Y/R
    Grade: A
    Crabtree was a surprise this season. He was brought in specifically to be a blocking TE, but he's blossomed into a legitimate receiving threat. He's not going to line up every down as a pass catching TE, but he's officially a threat. That gives us some flexibility when we come out in 3 TE/2 RB formations. He's an asset.

    DJ Williams
    Stats-
    Receiving: 4 Rec 37 yards 0 TD 9.3 Y/R
    Grade: INC
    He hasn't played enough to warrant a grade here. He's pushing for playing time and has the ability, he just needs to put it together.

    Andrew Quarless
    Stats-
    Receiving: 0 Rec 0 yards 0 TD 0 Y/R
    Grade: INC
    Started the year on PUP list, just starting to practice.

    Ryan Taylor
    Stats-
    Receiving: 0 Rec 0 yards 0 TD 0 Y/R
    Grade: B
    No stats and a B grade? Yup. Taylor is a special teams beast. He's a big reason why the Packers have a huge return game with Randall Cobb.

    Wide Receivers
    Randall Cobb
    Stats-
    Receiving: 54 Rec 574 yards 7 TDs 10.6 Y/R
    Rushing: 8 Att 115 yards 0 TD 14.4 Y/A
    Punt Returns: 19 Ret 211 yards 1 TD 11.5 Y/R
    Kick Returns: 24 Ret 627 yards 0 TD 26.1 Y/R
    Grade: A+
    Cobb is one of the best players on the Packers and an example of how smart Ted Thompson can be. He's racked up 1,527 all-purpose yards on just 105 touches. This comes out to a whopping 14.5 yards per touch for Cobb. He's scored 8 total TDs and is a huge part for the offensive success the Packers have seen.

    Jordy Nelson
    Stats-
    Receiving: 43 Rec 577 yards 5 TDs 13.4 Y/R
    Grade: A
    Nelson started out slowly, but he's back to his old ways. His big game came in week 6 when he racked up 122 yards and 3 TDs on 9 receptions. He's been held back with an injury, but he continues to be a big play threat.

    James Jones
    Stats-
    Receiving: 42 Rec 495 yards 8 TDs 11.8 Y/R
    Grade: A
    Jones hasn't dropped a ball all season. Jones, whose name was synonymous with dropped-passes in Green Bay, has really stepped it up this season and is showing why he's back on track to return to the team in 2013.

    Greg Jennings
    Stats-
    Receiving: 12 Rec 78 yards 1 TD 6.5 Y/R
    Grade: INC
    Jennings has been his old self this year when healthy...which has been just about never this season. He had surgery and will hopefully be back soon.

    Donald Driver
    Stats-
    Receiving: 8 Rec 77 yards 2 TDs 9.6 Y/R
    Grade: C
    Driver is getting up there in years, but that hasn't stopped him from making some key grabs. He's been solid for the most part, but he's dropped a couple big catches.

    Jarrett Boykin
    Stats-
    Receiving: 3 Rec 16 yards 0 TD 5.3 Y/R
    Grade: INC
    Gotten in for a few plays and made a couple key snags. Still young and raw.

    Offensive Line

    TJ Lang-B
    Bryan Bulaga-A
    Derrick Sherrod-INC
    Josh Sitton-A
    Evan Deitrich-Smith-C
    Marshall Newhouse-C
    Don Barclay-INC
    Greg Van Roten-INC
    Jeff Saturday-B

    (Obviously it'd be boring to talk about who is the best run blocker vs pass blocker. The scores speak for themselves.)

    Defensive Line

    Jerel Worthy
    Stats-
    2.0 Sacks 8 Tackles 1 Assist
    Grade: C
    As a rookie 2nd round pick, I expected a little more production, but I can't hate the guy too much. He has gotten pressure and will only get better.

    BJ Raji
    Stats-
    0.0 Sacks 1 PD 3 Tackles 7 Assists
    Grade: D-
    Gotta be hard on Raji. Since the Super Bowl run, he's racked up 17 tackles 3 sacks, 3 passes defended, and 1 fumble recovery. Embarrassing.

    Ryan Pickett
    Stats-
    0.0 Sacks 14 Tackles 17 Assists
    Grade: B
    Pickett has done an awesome job once again of being the thankless clog up the middle. As Raji struggles to maintain any shred of his old self, Pickett has been old reliable. Never amazing but never a liability.

    Mike Daniels
    Stats-
    2.0 Sacks 1 Fumble Recovery 5 Tackles
    Grade: C+
    As a rookie, Daniels has contributed minimally. He's gotten some pressure in limited action, but has been out of place several times.

    CJ Wilson
    Stats-
    2.5 Sacks 1 Pass Defended 12 Tackles 7 Assists
    Grade: C+
    He's been unspectacular, but solid. He gets blocked out of plays a lot, but has taken advantage of Clay Matthews taking attention away from him. I think the Packers will be happy when they can replace him, but he's an experienced vet.

    Mike Neal
    Stats-2.0 Sacks 5 Tackles 1 Assist
    Grade: D+
    This will only go up if he continues his play. He's coming off a suspension and a couple of seasons where he was injured for the year. The jury is out, but there's no doubt he's talented.
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    Linebackers

    AJ Hawk
    Stats-
    1.0 sacks 47 Tackles 29 Assists
    Grade: B-
    AJ Hawk is never going to wow anybody, but man is he just solid. The guy is probably the most fundamentally sound player on defense. No surprises with him, just hard nosed football. In week 11 vs the Lions, he made some huge tackles and was in on a bunch of plays. I'll take that kind of output every week.

    DJ Smith
    Stats-
    2.0 Sacks 4 passes defended 29 tackles 10 assists
    Grade: B
    DJ Smith has been one of my favorite Ted Thompson draft picks. Dude has racked up 53 tackles in just 9 starts and has been a stud. Unfortunately, Smith is on injured reserve so we'll have to wait for 2013 to see him suit up again.

    Clay Matthews
    Stats-
    9.0 Sacks 1 PD 1 FF 21 Tackles 10 Assists
    Grade: A
    Clay has been hurt by another hamstring injury that's killed 1.5 games for him so far, but still he's back to his old self. He's a sack machine again and that's huge.

    Erik Walden
    Stats-
    3.0 Sacks 1 INT 3 PD 20 Tackles 12 Assists
    Grade: B
    Walden has been a stud in limited action. The Packers have a ton of LBs, but due to injuries to DJ Smith, Desmond Bishop, and Nick Perry, many guys have gotten in. Walden's play will be key for the Packer's success.

    Brad Jones
    Stats-
    1.0 Sacks 1 FF 20 Tackles 7 Assists
    Grade: C+
    Jones has been limited for most of the year buried on the depth chart and moved to a new position. Still, after 2 guys at his position were injured for the year, he hasn't been consistently good in replacement duty.

    Desmond Bishop
    Stats-
    None
    Grade: Incomplete
    Bishop's injury in preseason has disrupted the defense completely. He's probably the most consistent player on the defense and his absence is easily noticed.

    Nick Perry
    Stats-
    2.0 Sacks 1 PD 13 Tackles 5 Assists
    Grade: C-
    Perry had a few good flashes-aka the play where Andrew Luck basically died for a minute on the field-but other than that, he really struggled. One key area I noticed Perry struggling in is pass coverage. He was caught flatfooted a few times. He's going to have to dedicate A LOT of time if he wants to be a starter.

    Dezman Moses
    Stats-
    2.0 Sacks 1 PD 1 FF 3 Tackles 3 Assists 1 TD
    Grade: B
    His high grade for relatively low stats is based off of his high propensity for big plays in limited action. He's been a pretty good special teams player, shown when he hustled to recover a blocked punt for a TD. He had an excellent strip/sack of Matthew Stafford yesterday that prevented the Lions from taking a lead late in the 2nd quarter.

    Frank Zombo
    Stats-
    1 Assist
    Grade: INC
    Zombo has been a solid player over the years. An injury has kept him out until this past week, but expect him to turn it up as the season goes on.

    Robert Francois
    Stats-
    NONE
    Grade: D
    He's a good special teamer, hence why he's on the roster still, but he hasn't done very well as a ILB. He's had plenty of chances to move up, but an OLB moved to ILB is taking his spot.

    Jamari Lattimore
    Stats-
    NONE
    Grade: INC
    Can't break into the lineup aside from special teams play. Has been average there.

    Vic So'oto
    Stats-
    NONE
    Grade: INC
    He's a pass rush specialist who struggles in all other areas of the game. The Pack hopes to develop him into a starter one day.

    Defensive Backs

    Morgan Burnett
    Stats-
    2.0 Sacks 2 PD 1 FF 1 FR 52 Tackles 24 Assists
    Grade: C
    Burnett has played okay as a FS, but is not the ballhawk he was drafted to be and has been. He racked up 3 INT last year, this year he has had 0. He has been constantly out of position, has poor tackling form, and has let a couple INTs slip through his hands. I admire his hustle, but that's about it.

    Tramon Williams
    Stats-
    2 INTs 10 PD 37 Tackles 8 Assists
    Grade: B+
    Tramon is improving over his play last year. The shoulder injury seems to be healed and he's back to playing shut down corner. He dominated Brandon Marshall in week 2 and though Calvin Johnson had some big grabs vs him, the Packers definitely played a ton of zone with a safety over the top against Johnson. This changed Williams' style of play. The Pack was trying to avoid the big play. It didn't work largely in part to a couple of poor defensive plays by Burnett and some luck. Williams dominates in press-man coverage.

    Charles Woodson
    Stats-
    1.5 Sacks 1 INT 5 PD 1 FF 25 Tackles 13 Assists
    Grade: B
    Woodson is aging quickly, yet he amassed those stats in just 7 games at a new position, Strong Safety. He continues to make plays with his instincts/smarts rather than football ability. He's solid for another couple years.

    Casey Hayward
    Stats-
    5 INTs 14 PD 1 FF 24 Tackles 10 Assists
    Grade: A+
    The rookie out of Vanderbilt has been playing OUTSTANDING football. Sure, he's hit some rookie bumps, but he's made some incredible plays and has good positional awareness. He's in the running for DROY.

    MD Jennings
    Stats-
    1 INT 2 PD 14 Tackles 10 Assists 1 TD
    Grade: B
    Jennings is still young, but he's made a few key plays. He picked off Matthew Stafford and returned the ball 72 yards for a TD showing return skills as well as awareness when he made the play. He's got a lot of room to improve, but he's started out well.

    Sam Shields
    Stats-
    1 INT 3 PD 1 FR 15 Tackles 2 Assists
    Grade: C-
    Shields has played poorly since 2010. He can't keep depending on his speed and has to become more fundamentally sound if he enjoys employment.

    Davon House
    Stats-
    1.0 Sacks 3 PD 10 Tackles 5 Assists
    Grade: C+
    He's been injured but he's shown flashes of good play. I'm a fan.

    Jerron McMillian
    Stats-
    1 INT 5 PD 1 FR 9 Tackles 9 Assists
    Grade: C-
    He's a rookie, but with some opportunities handed to him early, he hasn't made the best of them all. Still, he's a promising young player who will hopefully develop into a starter one day.

    Jarrett Bush
    Stats-
    1 FR 4 Tackles
    Grade: B
    This grade is completely based on special teams play. He has been absolutely dominant on special teams.

    Sean Richardson
    Stats-
    1 Assist
    Grade: INC
    Burried behind 4 other guys.


    Special Teams

    Tim Masthay
    Stats-
    48 Punts 2135 yards 1 Blocked 44.5 Y/P
    Grade: A
    What a wonderful feeling to have an excellent punter. He's made some incredible kicks.

    Mason Crosby
    Stats-
    FGM 11 FGA 18 61.1% 30/30 PAT
    Grade: F
    What happened, Mason?

    Brett Goode
    Stats-
    NONE
    Grade: A
    Solid long snapper. No issues and makes some good special teams plays.


    My notes-

    -Ted Thompson is an AMAZING GM. For a team that went 15-1 last year, you'd think there wouldn't be much need for rookies to play, but that's not the case. Rookies have accounted for: 6 (50%) of all INTs, 2 (66.6666%) of all defensive/ST touchdowns, 8 (24.2%) of all sacks, 2 (33.3333%) of all forced fumbles, and 62 (16%) of all tackles.

    -It's sad to see Woodson and Driver drop off. Driver was a rookie in 1999 and got a starting gig in 2002 where he proceeded to snag 7 1,000 yard seasons. He's had basically nothing this year. Woodson has had at least 1 TD every season with the Packers. He's in danger of breaking that streak. He's still being actively used as a pass rusher, though. 1.5 is the lowest number since he recorded 0 in 2007, but it's still a lot for a 36 year old DB. He's racked up 11.5 in 100 games with the Packers along with 38 INTs, 15 Forced fumbles, 6 fumble recoveries, and 10 total TDs

    -Aaron Rodgers' last 100 yard runner? October 10th, 2010. Brandon Jackson ran for 115 yards on 10 carries thanks in large part to a 71 yard scamper vs the Washington Redskins. Rodgers has had just 9 (including playoffs) games with a 100 yard rusher.

    -Keeping on topic with Aaron Rodgers, Aaron Rodgers is 99th in passing yards, 92nd in pass completions, 113th in pass attempts, tied for 70th in passing TDs, 1st in career passer rating by almost 8 full points, tied for 234th in passes intercepted, 89th in times sacked, 4th in YPA, 1st in % of passes intercepted, 7th in percentage of passes gone for TDs. Those are all-time numbers.

    -Active numbers-19th in passing yards, 18th in passes completed, 19th in passes attempted, 15th in passing TDs (the youngest guy ahead of him is Ben Roethlisberger who has 50 more starts but only 23 more passing TDs), 1st in passer rating, tied for 35th in number of passes intercepted, 16th in times sacked, 1st in YPA, 1st in INT%, 1st in TD%.

    -Jordy Nelson's 15 TD season in 2011 ranked as the 3rd best effort by a Packer WR. Sterling Sharpe and Don Hutson are the only 2 with better numbers.
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    I don't particularly care for letter grades but they're better than nothing and you've done a nice job.

    A few nits however.

    Nelson is in his own head a bit.

    Driver has to be lower. He's not getting open anymore. I think this is his final season.

    I'd probably take shave some points off Taylor for some of the boneheaded things he's done when in on offense.

    Newhouse has to be a B or so. PFF has him as the highest rated of the bunch. Just don't try to run behind him.

    We shouldn't discuss Deitrich-Smith until after the Giants game.

    Raji is a lot better than you think he is and is battling an ankle problem.

    Pickett has been better than a B thus far.

    Lattimore has been above average on special teams. He and Taylor are a lot of fun to watch.

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    Nelson-a bit, but he's still playing great.
    Driver-yeah, true, but he's still got some tricks up his sleeve. My rankings are based off of expectations a bit. In exact and I'm sure you can find contradictions as I did all 60ish players at once.
    Taylor-definitely done a couple boneheaded things, but he's got great value as an STer
    Newhouse-The running thing is what kills me. With EDS on that side and Lang kicked out to RT, we have basically no shot at running off the left side outside of draws and stretch plays where a FB or pulling guard can seal the edge.
    EDS-agreed
    Raji-I get the ankle thing, but he's just been a non-factor. Zero pressure and barely any tackles.
    Pickett-he got a B because he's just solid, not great. Perhaps this is a case of me trying NOT to be a homer, I would never argue if someone gave him a B+/A-.
    Lattimore-probably a product of fatigue on this one. I was out of coffee by the time I got to the defense, but I was determined to finish lol...he has definitely done well on STs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by packa7x View Post
    Raji-I get the ankle thing, but he's just been a non-factor. Zero pressure and barely any tackles.
    Raji had a season-high five hurries against the Lions. He's doing it on and off, it's just hard to see.

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