Green Bay Packers Training Camp: Week 2 Stock Report
It's Week 2 of training camp for the Green Bay Packers, and that means it's time for another stock report. Just like in Week 1, there have been players who've improved their stocks and others who have seen theirs on the decline.
The biggest culprit for a fall in stock has been injuries. While it hasn't been as bad as in recent years, the Packers have certainly felt the injury bug so far in training camp.
The good news is that the players whose stocks are up are really playing at a high level. Guys like rookie center Corey Linsley and running back DuJuan Harris have shined so far in camp.
Let's take a look at our Week 2 stock report to see who is trending up and who is moving down.
Stock Up: Brett Favre, Retired Quarterback
We have to start with Brett Favre, right?
The news broke early in the week that Favre would finally get his number retired in the Packers Hall of Fame in 2015, according to Pete Dougherty and Jordan Schelling of USA Today. Whether you love him, hate him or are indifferent, you can't deny the impact he had on the franchise. And for that, it's absolutely time that Favre gets to see his number retired.
Favre has made a lot of fans angry in the past, but when it's time for him to take the field and see his number unveiled, it's hard to imagine anyone booing him. Those who would possibly think about it are likely to get shut up pretty quickly by the rest of the stadium.
Overall, this is fantastic news for Favre and the Packers in general.
Stock Down: Jared Abbrederis, Wide Receiver
The first of our players who've seen their stock fall due to injuries is rookie wide receiver Jared Abbrederis. He tore his ACL in practice and is likely done for the entire 2014 season.
This is a major shame because Abbrederis was really having a stellar camp before the injury. He even beat veteran cornerback Jarrett Bush on a handful of passes during one-on-one drills.
What this injury ultimately does for the Packers is make them a little thinner at wide receiver. They still have plenty of talent with Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb and the rest of the receivers, but another injury to the position could become a major issue.
Hopefully, Abbrederis can get back to 100 percent and start where he left off during next year's training camp.
Stock Up: Justin Perillo, Tight End
Let's just start by saying that Justin Perillo has a long way to go before making the final roster in Green Bay. With that said, he's still having an outstanding camp so far.
When Perillo was signed by the Packers as an undrafted free agent, he quickly became the other undrafted free agent to Colt Lyerla. He didn't have the athleticism or potential of Lyerla, so everyone thought it was a foregone conclusion that he'd be overshadowed once camp started.
That simply hasn't been the case, however. Perillo has easily been the best undrafted tight end on the roster, and it really hasn't even been close. He's made tough catches, excelled as a blocker and looked like an NFL tight end in general.
If Perillo continues to shine, it'll be hard for the Packers to cut him.
Stock Down: Colt Lyerla, Tight End
Speaking of undrafted free agents, Lyerla has been a pretty big disappointment during camp so far.
It all started with dropped passes on the first day. It got even worse when news broke that Lyerla could miss a couple weeks with a knee injury, according to Wes Hodkiewicz of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
Hodkiewicz put it as simple as possible when he said, "If he misses the team's first two preseason games, it could put Lyerla's chances at making the 53-man roster in jeopardy with four veterans and third-round rookie Richard Rodgers in contention for roster spots."
Lyerla needs to be on the field if he wants a final roster spot. While there's little doubt the Packers are intrigued by his upside, they simply don't have the luxury of extra roster spots for injured undrafted free agents.
Stock Up: Corey Linsley, Center
The most telling drill in training camp, according to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com, is when the pass-rushers and pass-blockers go at it one-on-one.
While center JC Tretter may currently have the starting job locked down, he's been overshadowed in this drill by rookie Corey Linsley. Linsley has gone 6-1 against pass-rushers, per Demovsky, and he's been the eighth-best in the drill overall.
In fact, the only two offensive linemen that have been better than Linsley in this drill have been offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga and offensive guard T.J. Lang. That's some pretty solid company to be in.
Now it's still unlikely that Linsley will take over the starting job from Tretter. However, continuing to perform as he has been will give the Packers coaches great confidence in the depth of their offensive line.
Stock Down: Jarrett Boykin, Wide Receiver
Over the next handful of weeks, there might not be a better battle to watch in training camp than the battle for the No. 3 receiver spot.
Early in the offseason, the gap between Jarrett Boykin and rookie Davante Adams was quite large in favor of Boykin. However, that is no longer the case heading into Week 2 of camp.
Adams has been improving his play, while Boykin is seeing his stock drop a little. His biggest issue has been dropping too many passes, according to Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
If there's one thing that the Packers and quarterback Aaron Rodgers hate, it's dropped passes. Unless Boykin can get his hands back quickly, he could see his current job lost to Adams.
Stock Up: Joe Thomas, Inside Linebacker
The name Joe Thomas means quite a bit to those in Wisconsin thanks to the stellar play of Cleveland Browns offensive tackle Joe Thomas, who played at the University of Wisconsin.
So, when a small-school linebacker named Joe Thomas started to make noise in camp, all eyes turned to him. Despite playing at South Carolina State, Thomas has proved in camp that he absolutely belongs in the NFL.
He had one of the best performances during Family Night, according to Demovsky. With his nonstop motor, athleticism and knack for making plays on the ball, Thomas is definitely a name to watch as the Packers get into the preseason.
While his chances of cracking the starting lineup are low, Thomas could still become a valuable contributor if he continues to play at such a high level.
Stock Down: Morgan Burnett, Safety
Morgan Burnett's drop in stock has been a rather slow drop, but it's a drop nonetheless.
The biggest problem he's had during camp has been injuries. He was forced to drop out of practice for the second time recently, according to Paul Imig of FOX Sports Wisconsin.
His struggles with injuries early on in camp has opened the door for safety Sean Richardson to shine. Richardson has been fantastic during camp and has easily been the early MVP. His stellar play has pushed Burnett's stock down even further than it already was.
If Burnett struggles with injuries throughout camp, it's definitely possible that he could lose his job to Richardson. The sooner Burnett can get back on the field, the better for him.
Stock Up: DuJuan Harris, Running Back
Coming back from a season-ending injury is never an easy thing. This is especially true when your starting job has been permanently taken by Eddie Lacy.
However, DuJuan Harris hasn't let that affect him, and he's having a really strong camp. While he may not be the starting running back, he has found himself atop the depth chart at another position.
That position is kick returner, where Harris has been taking first-team snaps as of late, according to Vic Ketchman of Packers.com. Special teams coordinator Shawn Slocum called Harris a "quick, powerful little guy."
The Packers struggled mightily in the return game last year, but having Harris back there will hopefully be the answer.
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