Packers: Offensive Players Report Card

Senior writer jclombardi presents offense grades.

JC vs JS Report Card.


QB Rodgers: A vs A. He ranked third in passer rating (101.2), third in quarterback rushing yards (356), seventh in the NFL in yards (3,922), sixth in completion percentage (65.7) and fourth in touchdown passes (28) while throwing 11 interceptions (nine of which came in the first seven games). His leadership, maturity and passing skills showed during the playoff games to the Super Bowl win and MVP award.  Considering former coach Sherman considered him to be a disappointment draft, he has come a long ways.

QB Flynn: C vs C+. He showed promise to be a good backup quarterback with two fine backup games.


WR Jennings: A vs A. He had 62 catches for 1082 yards and nine touchdowns averaging 98.4 yards per game. He is a premiere receiver, steady, tough, and competitive.

WR Driver: C vs C+. He finished fourth with 565 receiving yards, while he played through injuries showing his age.

WR Jones: C+ vs C. He had a career high 679 receiving yards with 5 touchdowns.  While the critics argue that he is inconsistent with dropped passes, the truth is that entire receiving corps needs to improve in this annoying concern.

WR Nelson: C+ vs C+. He had a career high 582 yards with touchdowns with a big Super Bowl game.

WR Swain: D- vs. D. Forget it.


TE Quarless: C- vs D+. For an unprepared rookie, he showed the size and talent to be a playmaker. His season totals of 21 catches, 238 yards, and 1 touchdown were far better than TE Finley’s rookie year. His blocking improved over the season. Still, he had a lot to learn and needs to get stronger.

TE Crabtree: D vs D. He had four catches for 61 yards, but he is the best blocker and a good special teams player.

TE Finley: Incomplete vs Incomplete. While the future all-pro superstar started on fire, his early injury ended his season.

TE Lee: D- vs D. He had a very poor production year, but he caught everything thrown at him. With his aging status, he won’t be back but he got his ring.


RB Grant: Incomplete vs Incomplete.  In his first game, he suffered an ending season injury.

RB Jackson: B- vs C+. He finished with 1,137 total yards including 731 rushing (3.7) and 406 receiving (8.5). He has a future especially as a third down specialty player.

RB Starks: C+ vs B-. Although he did not play until 12th game, he had a strong 110 carries for 416 yards (3.8) rookie season. Further, he did not cause a fumble, penalty or dropped pass. He has a future behind Grant.

FB Kuhn: B- vs C+. He finished with 439 total yards including 289 rushing (3.2) and 150 receiving (7.1). Further, he converted 10 of 13 third- and fourth-and-1 situations some with extreme extra effort. He is simply an all-around great player.

FB Hall: D+ vs C-. He missed five games due to injuries, but he ranked second in his limited role on special-teams with 17 tackles.

FB Johnson: D vs D+. His disappointing liability on special teams means his solid blocking skills on this West Coast offense may be questionably no longer be needed.


RT Bulaga: C- vs C. As a rookie, he started the final sixteen games doing an adequate job, although he had too many pressures (33½) and penalties (10).  He made the all-pro rookie team.

LT Clifton: B vs B. Although he started shaky, he had an all-pro season. Yet, he allowed a career-high 29 1/2 pressures. He will be back for another year.

LG ColledgeC vs C-. Although his critics talk about his toughness and athleticism, he is reliable playing every game having only 23½ pressures.

RG Sitton: A vs A-. He is the finest linemen in both run and pass blocking. His 17 pressures included a team low two sacks.

C Scott Wells: B vs B+. He is the second best lineman in both run and pass blocking. He gave up 16 pressures, fewest on the team.

RT Mark Tauscher: Incomplete vs D+. The aging veteran suffered a season ending injury in the 4th game of a shaky season. He is unlikely to return.

LG Lang: D vs D-. He was unimpressive in two backup stints at LT in Minnesota and the second half at LG in Detroit. He is tough and smart, but he must get bigger and stronger to become a starter.

C/G Jason Spitz: D- vs D-. In his only disappointing backup stint, he looked awful in the Dec. 12 loss at Detroit, got benched, and replaced by Lang.

C/G McDonald: Incomplete vs Incomplete. He is a raw rookie free agent who never played a down with a future at probably center or guard.

LT Newhouse: Incomplete vs Incomplete. He is a rookie who never played a down finishing on the injured reserve with a future at guard or tackle.

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