Green Bay Packers' Most Disappointing Players Through 5 Games
The Green Bay Packers have had a pretty disappointing season thus far, as 2-3 for a supposed playoff team isn't going to cut it.
Yes, technically they should be 3-2, but technically that doesn't cut it in the NFL.
The Packers' poor season has fallen on the shoulders of poor performances from several players. There are six players in particular that haven't had the season they were hoping for.
B.J. Raji, DT
Ever since his strong 2010 campaign, Raji has been largely ineffective.
Last year, his production dipped and this year he has only two solo tackles in a little more than four games. That includes no sacks or tackles for loss.
Plus, he's injured.
Raji anchoring the middle of the defense, getting pressure and plugging holes is important. So far, he hasn't done that all too well.
Jerel Worthy, DE/DT
Jerel Worthy was supposed to add some pass-rush ability to a defense that lost it last year.
Instead, he's been flagged multiple times this year for being offsides.
Worthy relies on timing the snap count properly in order to get upfield and disrupt the offensive line, but that means if he times it wrong he goes offsides.
He has to play more disciplined as his penalties have killed the Packers at times.
The Offensive Line
The starting five of Marshall Newhouse, T.J. Lang, Jeff Saturday, Josh Sitton and Bryan Bulaga looked to be one of the top offensive lines on paper before the season started.
Fast forward five games and Aaron Rodgers has been sacked 21 times, second most in the league.
This group was supposed to be a rock for the offense, but instead it has been a sieve. It's got to improve if the Packers want to get better.
Aaron Rodgers, QB
For any other quarterback, this would be a promising season. But for Rodgers, it's a big drop-off from last year.
Defenses have taken away anything deep and have forced Rodgers to work short routes, hence his low YPA of 6.92.
Shockingly, Rodgers has missed a number of easy throws or throws he would've made look easy last year. He's still made some mind-boggling throws, but for some reason he's been a little off early this season.
James Starks, RB
The presumed starter for most of the preseason, Starks suffered a turf toe injury that finally forced the Packers to go out and sign Cedric Benson.
Before suffering the injury, Starks was already having a poor preseason.
After finally getting healthy last week, he was a healthy inactive against the Colts in Week 5. He doesn't contribute on special teams like Brandon Saine and is clearly behind Alex Green in the pecking order.
It's been nothing short of an awful year for Starks, although he still has time to turn it around.
Jermichael Finley, TE
Jermichael Finley is essentially the poster boy for disappointing players.
He has so much ability, but he hasn't been able to turn that ability into production as he's been marred with drops and inconsistency.
The former third-round pick is capable of dominating the field and turning into a true game-changing player, but for some reason he just hasn't done it.
His play this year confirms he's in for another disappointing season.
It leaves us wondering, will we ever see Finley play to his true potential?
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