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It was truly an impressive season from Hawk. He finished the season with 118 total tackles, five sacks, an interception and a forced fumble.
However, it was more than just statistics for Hawk this year. He was the leader of the defense and made a positive impact in every game he played this season.
This was a career year for Hawk, and he absolutely deserves a great grade.
Season Grade: A
Had Matthews stayed healthy for the entire season, it's likely that he would have been one of the best outside linebackers in the league. Unfortunately, Matthews missed a ton of time with a broken thumb.
While he was on the field, Matthews was extremely solid against the run and at rushing the quarterback. The only area where he struggled at times was in pass protection.
Matthews gets docked a little for being injured so often this year, but he was still one of the premier defensive players in the league when he was healthy.
Season Grade: B+
The problem with Jones is that he never really makes the type of play that makes you say, "Wow." In fact, he has you scratching your head wondering where he is more often than not.
Jones struggled the most against the run and in pass protection. He also struggled with injuries for a good chunk of the season. There is definitely room for improvement in Jones' game after this season.
Season Grade: C
Neal made the switch from defensive end to outside linebacker this year. While it wasn't always pretty, Neal played much better than anyone could have expected in his first year at the position.
He finished the year with five sacks. He also has much room for improvement, but he gets some slack with his grade due to the fact that he's so new to his position.
Season Grade: B-
Many expected Perry to have a breakout campaign during his second season in the league. Unfortunately, that didn't happen.
In fact, Perry took a big step backward this year in his development. He often made numerous mental mistakes in a game and still hasn't figured out how to get after the quarterback on a consistent basis.
It was truly a difficult season for the second-year player.
Season Grade: D
Lattimore was forced into the lineup due to injuries to Jones at inside linebacker, and he played rather solid when he was on the field.
Sure, he wasn't great, but this was the first real action he's seen since joining the team two years ago. Lattimore proved to be a valuable asset for the Packers and should be a part of the defensive plan moving forward.
Season Grade: B