Green Bay Packers: 3 Young Players Who Stood out in Week 2

Chad LundbergCorrespondent IIISeptember 19, 2011

Green Bay Packers: 3 Young Players Who Stood out in Week 2

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    I usually don't like lists like these. They either tell me something I already know, or they just don't make sense.

    This week, however, I feel compelled to make an exception. There were a handful a players that really did stand out this week, and I feel that credit is due here.

    Here are three young players that really stood out in Week 2.

Jordy Nelson

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    Jordy Nelson only had one reception the entire game, but it couldn't have come at a better time. 

    The Packers were sufficient at getting down the field, but looked nothing like the team that was able to move down the field at will against the Saints in the opener. 

    With only two and a half minutes left on the clock, Nelson got wide open for an 84-yard touchdown to deliver the dagger.

    Nelson is currently on pace to break more than 1,200 yards for the season, better than even Greg Jennings or Jermichael Finley.

    With each passing game, Nelson is proving that he deserved a contract before James Jones ever got one. Packers general manager Ted Thompson may not be high on trading, but he might just be thinking of making an exception here with Jones.

Morgan Burnett

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    Morgan Burnett is currently tied at third for most tackles in the league, with 21. That's unheard of for a safety. The man in second place is Green Bay linebacker Desmond Bishop, who was 22 tackles.

    Burnett had a sack, caught an interception and forced a fumble by Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith, which was recovered by Charles Woodson. Ted Thompson made a great move trading up for this young man in the 2010 draft.

    He is surely a star in the making.

James Starks

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    This guy easily takes the cake in my opinion.

    Starks may have had the best performance of his career behind his 123-yard performance in the 2010 wild card round. Against the Panthers, he had nine carries for 85 yards and three receptions for 30 yards.

    He currently has 142 yards rushing for the season on only 21 carries (6.8 carry average), and that's while sharing the load with Ryan Grant.

    Starks will only get better the longer he plays in the NFL. One has to wonder how good the Packers backfield will look once rookie Alex Green comes on the field.