Mid-Season Grades For The Green Bay Packers' Offense
The Packers' 2009 regular season has officially reached its halfway point and it is time to hand out grades for the 53 players currently on the active roster.
Aaron Rodgers: Rodgers has been under some scrutiny for his inability to get rid of the ball and throw to check downs, resulting in some sacks, but he is a huge reason the Packers have four wins to their name. GRADE: A-
Matt Flynn: He has seen little time but rumors flew around that while Rodgers was held out of practice, Flynn played exceptionally well with the first team. It's too early to tell, but Flynn could still be something more than a back-up quarterback in the NFL. GRADE: INC
Ryan Grant: While he has done the majority of his damage on poor teams, he is still a serviceable running back that has a few more years of mileage in him. GRADE: B-
Brandon Jackson: Some people forget that Jackson was a second-round draft pick. Regardless of where he was drafted, all he has done this year is pick up the blitz decently for a team that leads the league in sacks allowed. GRADE: D
Ahman Green: Saving Jackson's behind somewhat this year has been Ahman Green, a breath of fresh air when Grant comes out of the game. He also passed Jim Taylor as the Packers' leading rusher this season. GRADE: C+
Greg Jennings: It's a fact that teams have doubled Jennings on most plays and Donald Driver's successes can be attributed to that somewhat, but Jennings really needs to improve on getting open. GRADE: B
Donald Driver: By far the Packers' MVP on offense halfway through the season, Driver has come up in big situations and showed no signs of slowing down at age 34. GRADE: A
James Jones: Jones has filled in nicely for the injured Jordy Nelson and caught a long touchdown pass last week in Tampa Bay. He seems to be progressing back towards his rookie season. GRADE: B-
Jordy Nelson: Nelson was expected to be the third wideout in the Packers' deadly passing attack, but a knee injury has limited him. GRADE: C
Jake Allen: Allen was put on the roster when Brett Swain went down for the year. He does not have a catch in the two weeks he has been on the roster. GRADE: INC
Biren Ealy: Ealy was signed to the roster due to Nelson's injury and the questionable status of Allen and Driver last week. GRADE: INC
John Kuhn: One of the pleasant surprises for the Packers this season, Kuhn has established himself as the "skill position" fullback with three touchdowns. GRADE: B+
Korey Hall: Hall has not been used as much as he was last year but has still blocked well and played decently on special teams. GRADE: C
Quinn Johnson: The bruiser of the three fullbacks plays the least, but when he is in, he crushes linebackers. Also had a nice catch against Minnesota. GRADE: INC
Chad Clifton: Clifton has not been able to stay healthy. And when he is in, the results have not been good at all. This could be Clifton's last year in Green Bay. GRADE: D
Daryn Colledge: The experiment of Colledge at left tackle is officially over, but improvements can be made at left guard as he has struggled over the last few weeks. GRADE:C-
Scott Wells: Wells was not expected to see much playing time this season (rightfully so), but he has stunk up the place since taking over for Jason Spitz at center. GRADE: D
Josh Sitton: Finally! The bright spot in the offensive line has been Sitton, who has pass-protected very well for the Packers and is arguably their best run-blocker. GRADE: B
Jason Spitz: Spitz's season-ending back injury really hurt the offensive line, and his future in Green Bay is now in question. GRADE: B-
Mark Tauscher: Tauscher got his first start in 2009 against the Buccaneers but was injured and is expected to miss a couple of weeks. GRADE: INC
T.J. Lang: Lang has been another bright spot for the Packers on the offensive line. In his brief stint at left tackle, he held his own for the most part and is the potential left tackle of the future for the Packers. GRADE: B-
Evan Dietrich-Smith: EDS has not seen any playing time this season but provides good depth on a shaky, injury-prone offensive line. GRADE: INC
Breno Giacomini: One has to wonder just how poorly Giacomini must have played in the preseason to not have warranted a start after Barbre's first two starts. GRADE: INC
Jermichael Finley: A knee injury has forced Finley to the sidelines the last couple of weeks, but he is clearly the future at tight end and has become a favorite target of Aaron Rodgers down the seam. GRADE: B
Donald Lee: Lee has taken a back seat to Finley as the go-to guy, but still finds himself on the field in blocking situations and has recorded a reception in all but one game. GRADE: B-
Spencer Havner: "Duct tape" has done it all this year and has really come on as a tight end that can make things happen. He's not half-bad on special teams, either. GRADE: B+
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