Packers' Saturday Was Worth the Effort and More NFC North News

Andrew Garda@andrew_gardaFeatured ColumnistJanuary 28, 2013

Indianapolis Colts center Jeff Saturday grabs a touchdown pass on a fake kick  during the Ohana Day  AFC practice for the 2007 Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii on February 9, 2007. (Photo by A. Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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This past weekend Jeff Saturday got one more snap off to Peyton Manning before riding off into the Honolulu sunset according to Wes Hodkiewicz of the Press-Gazette.

The one-year rental of a center by the Green Bay Packers is over and it's a fair question whether it was worth it.

According to Pro Football Focus, Saturday was the 28th best center in the NFL this year (subscription link) and struggled immensely in run-blocking, where he was ranked a -13.9—dead last among centers.

On that basis alone, the signing looks like a big waste.

However, let's pump the brakes for a second before we lament the move. While Saturday did struggle at times, he actually graded out as the fourth best pass-blocking center in the league (subscription link).

Now, the run-blocking was so bad it dragged his overall numbers down (hence the 28th ranking), but overall, Saturday played well.

His play slipped as the year progressed, when his age certainly showed and he was replaced at center for the last regular-season game as well as the playoffs.

For the most part, though, he played relatively well.

We can argue if he deserved a Pro Bowl berth (hey, at least he's willing to go, right?), but whether he did or not, he held the fort for the Packers this season.

The only real problem I have with his play is that for $4 millions dollars, one would have hoped for better all-around play for the price.

Still, while the offensive line was once again injured and slapped back together with duct tape and gum, Saturday held the center and, for most of the season, did so consistently well when it came to keeping Aaron Rodgers intact.

When all is said and done, Saturday was a bit pricier than he warranted, but it's still a worthy signing a season later.


Chicago Bears

ESPN Chicago's Jeff Dickerson starts looking at potential Bears free agency targets, beginning with the offensive line.

In the same vein, the Sun-Times' Adam Jahns takes a look at the offensive line performance in 2012.


Detroit Lions

Mike O'Hara of says Barry Sanders considers it an honor to be compared to Calvin Johnson.

You know you've got issues when Terrell Owens is calling you out for being selfish, as he did with Titus Young recently, according to Justin Rogers of


Green Bay Packers

Bob McGinn talks about the long road back for Jerel Worthy over at the Journal-Sentinel.

The Journal-Sentinel also has a vote going for Packers fans' favorite play of 2012.


Minnesota Vikings

Tom Pelissero has started his grades series for the Vikings with a look at the offense. 

The Pioneer Press (via the Associated Press) reports that Kyle Rudolph won the Pro Bowl MVP. 


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