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Jake Kumerow got off to a slow start, but hauled in this 52-yard dime from backup Tim
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Sorry to put a damper on your Valentine’s Day Za’Darius Smith Jersey , but we’re looking back at the massive number of injured Packers from last season."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections The APC PodcastPackers Film RoomFantasy Football AdviceCSTShareTweetShareShareThe Packers ended the 2018 season with 15 players on injured reserveGeoff Burke-USA TODAY SportsThe Green Bay Packers suffered through another injury-plagued season in 2018, as the team saw starter after starter lose time due to various maladies — particularly on defense. Underscoring this issue is the fact that the team finished the season with a whopping 15 players on injured reserve, having had their seasons shut down for one reason or another over the course of the season.It’s painful, but it’s worth examining each of these players and what their absences meant to the 2018 squad.ILB Jake Ryan (training camp)Expected to start next to Blake Martinez, Ryan was surely hoping to have a nice year heading into free agency. His presence would allow Oren Burks time to adjust to the NFL after being selected in the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft. Instead, Ryan’s season ended before it began, tearing his ACL during one of the first practices of training camp. That forced the Packers to utilize a heavy rotation of safeties next to Martinez, and along with Burks’ shoulder injury, it helped force the Packers’ acquisition of Antonio Morrison late in camp.CB Davon House (week 4)The Packers got virtually no production out of House in his first two games, after bringing him back on a one year deal to ostensibly help provide a veteran presence in the secondary. Instead, the team signed Bashaud Breeland a few weeks after House went down, and he provided the depth and coverage ability that House did not.DT Muhammad Wilkerson (week 5)One of the bigger signings of 2018, Wilkerson was expected to make a big impact next to Kenny Clark and Mike Daniels. Instead, a gruesome broken ankle cut his year short, sending him back to free agency with more questions than answers. Dean Lowry filled in for Wilkerson admirably, and the Packers went back to more of a two-man line after he was done.WR Geronimo Allison (week 9)After missing a few games earlier in the season (one with a concussion and one with a hamstring injury), a groin injury cost Allison the entire second half of the season. When he was on the field prior to his first injury Billy Turner Jersey , he was a difference-maker — he led the team in receiving yardage through three games — and his absence forced a few of the rookie receivers into more prominent roles than the team had planned for them in their first years.CB Kevin King (week 10)The oft-injured King suited up in six games this season, recording his first NFL interception to set up a game-winning drive against the San Francisco 49ers. However, King continues to fight through injury after injury, missing two games with a groin injury early before a hamstring issue sent him to IR. If he can ever get healthy, he and Jaire Alexander should make a very good young starting cornerback tandem, but that’s still a big if.S Raven Greene (week 12)After a few promising preseason games, Greene was quiet early on in the season, playing mostly on special teams. However, he had an exciting game in the Packers’ win over the Dolphins, rushing for 26 yards on a fake punt and recording a sack on Brock Osweiler. With Ha Ha Clinton-Dix gone and Kentrell Brice dealing with injuries, Greene would have contributed heavily down the stretch had he not injured his ankle.OLB Nick Perry (week 12)What a dismal season it was for Perry. For years, the knock on him was that he was productive when he could stay on the field. He earned a big contract after an 11-sack campaign in 2016, but he has played just 21 of 36 games since with 8.5 sacks — and only 1.5 of those came in his nine games in 2018, after which he was shut down with knee and ankle issues. That’s brutal production for a player who made over $27 million in cash in those two years. The Packers almost have to cut him this offseason (probably as a post-June 1 cut) in order to get out from under that albatross deal. DT Mike Daniels (week 13)Towards the end of the team’s long, tough road stretch in the middle of the season, Daniels suffered a foot injury in Seattle. He landed on IR shortly thereafter, missing the remainder of the season and failing to reach four sacks for the first time since his rookie year. Furthermore Adrian Amos Jersey , this was the first time Daniels had missed more than two games in any NFL season. He should be back to 100% and will be motivated in 2019, entering in a contract year.RB Tra Carson (week 13)A mid-season addition, Carson suited up in four games behind Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams as a special teams player before being shut down after Thanksgiving due to a rib injury.OL on the list early in the year. The team’s continued insistence on believing in Davis as a return man may be over thanks to the turnover on the coaching staff.RB Aaron Jones (week 16)After missing two games to start the year on suspension, Jones finally earned the starting running back duties around midseason when Mike McCarthy accepted what fans had seen for weeks. However, his highest carry count in a game was 17 (accomplished twice). Still, he scored nine times in 2018, including a string of five straight games, before being shut down late in the season with another sprained MCL — the second straight season he has had that type of injury.DT Kenny Clark (week 17)Clark became the third and final Packer to land on IR late in the season, though the circumstances of that designation were odd. The team reportedly planned to place him on IR with three games to go, but did not do so until before the final Sunday. Clark was deserving of All-Pro consideration, not just Pro Bowl honors, and though he received neither, he will be poised to be the Packers’ biggest defensive star next season.CB Will Redmond (week 17)Another midseason pickup, Redmond was a special teams player in his five games before he was shut down with a shoulder injury.For those counting at home, nine of the 15 Packers who finished the 2018 season on injured reserve started at least one game for the team, with a tenth having been slated to be a starter before the season. It was a brutal year once again for Green Bay on that front, and hopefully the team will have better luck in 2019.Packers vs. Titans Final Score: Young WRs shine as Packers pull away for 31-17 win Players can’t win jobs in the first preseason game Jimmy Graham Jersey , but they sure as hell can lose them. Just ask Quinten Rollins. After the Green Bay Packers drafted two cornerbacks in consecutive picks this spring, Rollins sat squarely on the bubble coming off an Achilles injury last season. His 2018 started with a 38-yard catch-and-run completion to a Titans fourth-string receiver. Then he muffed a punt. For whatever else happened during the 31-17 win at Lambeau Field Thursday night, Rollins’ job will be on the line every snap he takes from this point forward. It’s fair to wonder how many more snaps he’ll even get with as scarce as practice reps can be with 90 guys vying for playing time. Meanwhile, two of the rookie receivers showed out, the backup quarterback battle could wage all August, Davante Adams could be an All-Pro this season, and Oren Burks can flat out fly sideline-to-sideline. Beyond that, there’s not much worth in taking away anything from the first preseason game of 2018. Brett Hundley looked sharp on his opening drive, leading the Packers down the field for a touchdown in their first possession. His 48-yarder to Adams on a gorgeous route to torch free agent prize Malcolm Butler may assuage the disappointment from Green Bay faithful who wish Brian Gutekunst had ponied up for the former Patriots cornerback. After an up-and-down season last year in nine starts, Hundley showed decisiveness and accuracy on the run, but still lacks pocket presence. He failed to recognize pressure off the edge, leading to a pair of strips, the second of which turned into an interception. Hundley, in a do-or-die training camp, finished 9/14 for 108 yards, 1 touchdown and the pick. Byron Bell and Kyle Murphy each gave up those critical pressures and struggles much of the night with the Tennessee pass rush. Bell made the surprise start in place of Bryan Bulaga after Jason Spriggs got most of the right tackle snaps in training camp to this point. The ex-Cowboy struggled with speed to the edge and looked more like a guard than a tackle in his first-half action. DeShone Kizer took over for Hundley and showed the pocket presence Hundley lacks, but also some inconsistency with his accuracy. That said Muhammad Wilkerson Jersey , he made a number of nice throws to the rookie receivers, as well as picked up yardage on the ground. It shouldn’t be at all surprising to see him get a chance to run the second team offense in the second preseason game as this backup quarterback race pushes forward. The final numbers (10/19 134 yards 0 TDs 0 INTs) won’t grab your attention, but Kizer showed some of the reasons Gutekunst willingly gave away the team’s most consistent cornerback last season in a trade for the Browns second-round pick. Solid play by the quarterbacks allowed these young receivers a chance to show off. Each had at least one play they could point to as indicative of their ability to contribute. The biggest play came from fifth-round pick Marquez Valdes-Scantling on a deep shot from Kizer where he skied over a defender to make the play for 51 yards. He also showed the ability to create separation underneath, but had a few drops on plays he should have made. MVS continues to be the high-upside receiver of the rookie group, ending the night with five grabs for 101 yards, and a beautiful catch on a contested throw from Tim Boyle for a 15-yard touchdown.Camp standout Jake Kumerow got off to a slow start, but hauled in this 52-yard dime from backup Tim Boyle late in the fourth quarter:Each of his other two catches went for first downs en route to a three-catch, 76-yard night with the score. Equanimeous St. Brown once again looked like the most consistent young option, hauling in a beautiful corner route from Kizer and finishing with four catches for 61 yards on the night.The highest draft pick had the worst night of the young pass catchers. J’Mon Moore struggles to finish catches, allowing the defender to knock the ball out of his hands on several occasions, including in the end zone for a would-be touchdown. The ex-Missouri receiver could have redeemed himself by hauling in a beautiful deep shot from Boyle, but the ball ricocheted off his hands for a bad drop. On the other side of the ball, Reggie Gilbert and Oren Burks stood out on the Packers defense with Gilbert consistently getting into the backfield and Burks showing outstanding speed. He led all defenders in tackles in the first half, displaying explosiveness and awareness in space. In his first NFL game, he acquitted himself well as the replacement for injured Jake Ryan. Beyond that, there wasn’t much standout play from Packers defenders. Montravius Adams got good penetration early, but also drew an offsides call and failed to make several plays in the backfield when he disrupted early. Rookie Josh Jackson looked comfortable in coverage despite a ticky-tack holding call and should earn more playing time as Mike Pettine phases Rollins out of the cornerback rotation — something that appeared to have already happened in practice before Rollins started in the slot Thursday. Perhaps most importantly Marcedes Lewis Jersey , the Packers escaped without major injury problems. Josh Jones, vying for playing time at safety, left the game in the third quarter to be evaluated for a concussion. Jermaine Whitehead also left the game with apparent back injury,potentially leaving the Packers thin at safety behind starters HaHa Clinton-Dix and Kentrell Brice. Overall, a sloppy game from the Packers should be taken with a grain of salt. This is the first live action they’ve seen, the first time they’ve played together, and Green Bay did it without a number of key starters. For the most part, the young players whom the Packers need to step up flashed as potential impact players. In fact, Burks may end up being an upgrade over the athletically limited Ryan inside. With these rookie receivers putting up numbers and creating big plays, Mike McCarthy doesn’t have to worry about where someone like Kumerow fits, or if Trevor Davis can get healthy.Moving forward, the key will be to stack success, as McCarthy loves to say. What will the rookies look like with Aaron Rodgers under center? What will Burks do with his usual starting defensive line in front of him? Can Josh Jackson earn more playing time with the 1s? The first preseason game sets the table for the days and weeks to come. It wasn’t pretty, but the food is now out. It’s time for players with something to prove to go eat.
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