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every snap on offense or defense this season Nick Perry Jersey White , as the team has shuffled the deck on a handful of positions throughout this season. Three offensive linemen, one inside linebacker, and a safety make the cut, with a second safety coming up just one snap short through the team’s first six games of 2018.That is just one of the sets of numbers that stand out so far this year. Injuries have clearly played a part at several positions, particularly wide receiver and cornerback, positions at which surprising names rank second. Then there are spots like running back and tight end that still leave some lingering questions about the strategy and decision-making of the coaching staff in dividing up playing time.Here’s our overall look at how the snap counts have been split up through the first six weeks of the year.QuarterbacksAaron Rodgers 420 (96.8%)DeShone Kizer 14 (3.2%)Tim Boyle 0As we all remember, Rodgers suffered a knee injury in the first half of week one against the Chicago Bears, and Packers fans feared his season would be over right away. Kizer came in for the remainder of the half and committed two turnovers. Then Rodgers returned to the field after halftime, led a comeback victory, and has not missed a play since.Running BacksJamaal Williams 202 (46.5%)Ty Montgomery 144 (33.2%)Aaron Jones 87 (20.0%)Remember that Jones was suspended for the first two games of the season when you look at these numbers. But even since his return, it has been practically an even three-way split of the snaps at the running back position, with Jones lagging slightly behind the other two backs on several occasions. Still, Jones is averaging 5.9 yards per carry so far — even better than his 5.5 from a year ago — while Williams averages 3.8 and Montgomery 4.1.Wide ReceiversDavante Adams 412 (94.9%)Marquez Valdes-Scantling 217 (50.0%)Geronimo Allison 211 (48.6%)Randall Cobb 188 (43.3%)Equanimeous St. Brown 95 (21.9%)J’Mon Moore 42 (9.7%)Injuries to Allison and Cobb have opened the door for some big rookie contributions, primarily from Valdes-Scantling. The target numbers still go Adams, Allison, Cobb, and MVS in order, but the rookie has clearly demonstrated that he deserves to get more playing time even when the veterans return from injury (hopefully this week in Los Angeles). St. Brown continues to play ahead of Moore when both are active.Tight EndsJimmy Graham 357 (82.3%)Lance Kendricks 131 (30.2%)Marcedes Lewis 79 (18.2%)Robert Tonyan 5 (1.2%)Graham is on pace to crush the Packers’ single-season receiving records for tight ends, as we discussed over the weekend. He sits in a comfortable second place on the team in targets and catches this season while increasing his yards-per-reception average to 12.9, back over his career average of 12.3 and well ahead of his 9.1 average a year ago. Kendricks has pitched in a handful of catches while working heavily out of the backfield as an H-back, while Lewis has struggled to find playing time as the Packers continue to prefer 11 or 21 personnel.Offensive LinemenDavid Bakhtiari 434 (100%)Lane Taylor 434 (100%)Corey Linsley 434 (100%)Bryan Bulaga 381 (87.8%)Byron Bell 231 (53.2%)Justin McCray 193 (44.5%)Jason Spriggs 41 (9.4%)Lucas Patrick 22 (5.1%)Alex Light 0The left side of the line has been steady and unchanged this season, with Bakhtiari continuing to play at an All-Pro level. The right side has been hit with injuries, however Mason Crosby Jersey White , as Bulaga has missed a little time in a few different games with a few different ailments. McCray’s injury seemingly cost him his starting job, as Bell has stepped in as the primary right guard in his absence.Defensive LinemenKenny Clark 321 (84.3%)Mike Daniels 250 (65.6%)Dean Lowry 184 (48.3%)Muhammad Wilkerson 115 (30.2%)Montravius Adams 21 (5.5%)Tyler Lancaster 3 (0.8%)Clark’s workload is staggeringly high for a nose tackle this season, as the third-year pro has had to help shoulder a heavier load due to Wilkerson’s season-ending ankle injury. Lowry’s snap count will continue to rise as he also picks up snaps in the base and sub-base defenses, while Daniels’ snap totals are actually up just a tick from last year, when he played just under 60% of the team’s snaps.Outside LinebackersClay Matthews 273 (71.7%)Nick Perry 216 (56.7%)Reggie Gilbert 174 (45.7%)Kyler Fackrell 120 (31.5%)The four-man rotation has seemed to work out well for the most part with all four players remaining healthy so far this season. Both Matthews and Perry are on pace to eclipse last year’s snap totals, but only by a bit — they both missed a few games a year ago but perhaps a heavier rotation with the backups is helping to keep them a bit healthier. Among this group, Fackrell actually leads the way with three sacks, all coming against the Buffalo Bills, while the other three each have 1.5.Inside LinebackersBlake Martinez 381 (100%)Antonio Morrison 87 (22.8%)Oren Burks (21.3%)Korey Toomer 12 (3.1%)James Crawford 1 (0.3%)Martinez continues his run as the every-down inside linebacker after taking the field for 93% of the team’s snaps a year ago. This will absolutely put him in the running to cash in next year under the NFL’s Proven Performance Escalator program, which offers bonus money to players drafted in the third round or later who play more than 35% of a team’s snaps in two of their first three years or over their first three years overall. (Lowry and Morrison are the other two third-year players currently on pace to make the cutoffs, though Morrison’s current workload would likely take him out of the running by the end of the year.) After missing the first few games, Burks is getting into the defense gradually, but he is clearly becoming the preferred option in the base defense over Morrison — a good choice given Burks’ far superior athleticism. Morrison can have a role on this team, as he is worthy of snaps in obvious run situations, but that should be all for him on defense. The other players remain special teams-only options for now.SafetiesHa Ha Clinton-Dix 381 (100%)Kentrell Brice 380 (99.7%)Jermaine Whitehead 131 (34.4%)Josh Jones 4 (1.0%)Raven Greene 0The lack of snaps for Jones remains one of the most puzzling decisions of the season so far for the Packers, particularly given Brice’s struggles after the first week or two. Clinton-Dix is playing better than last year, to be sure, and especially so in recent weeks. However, he needs to still show more consistency to really be considered for a significant contract extension this offseason. Meanwhile, Whitehead has worked his way into the “do-everything” defensive back role that the Packers have utilized going back to the Dom Capers days. Playing largely in the slot, he has been on the field for over a third of the team’s snaps, a helpful contribution given the injuries that have hit the cornerback position.CornerbacksTramon Williams 378 (99.2%)Josh Jackson 235 (61.7%)Kevin King 204 (53.5%)Jaire Alexander 199 (52.2%)Davon House 29 (7.6%)Tony Brown 10 (2.6%)Bashaud Breeland 0Deante Burton 0Williams continues to be a stalwart on defense, missing just three snaps all year. Meanwhile Nick Perry Jersey , King and Alexander both have struggled to remain healthy, leaving second-round rookie Josh Jackson to help clean up the missing snaps. Thankfully, King and Alexander’s absences have not overlapped much.Breeland was signed a few weeks back as a free agent, but was unable to get fully healthy before the bye week thanks to a hamstring injury suffered early after signing. Hopefully a week off will be a benefit for him — his veteran presence could be a big boost to this unit that continues to see players moving in and out of the lineup. There comes a time in every person’s life where they have to let go of something they love; a toxic friendship, a beloved pet, or a pair of Super Mario sneakers that lit up with every step you took that you wore every day even though they were 3 sizes too small but you didn’t care and curled your toes up and walked on blisters just to look cool to your third grade peers. Trust me, those shoes were amazing. In Aaron Rodgers’ case, it’s time for him to let go of the football.I’m not saying he needs to let go of football the sport and retire, but to instead get the ball out of his hands on time.Aaron Rodgers is an all-time great quarterback, and part of what makes him special is his ability to navigate the pocket and extend the length of passing plays which can lead to more open receivers downfield.On the flip side of that same coin, it gets him sacked a lot.With the knee injury that he suffered in week 1, Rodgers has a severely limited ability to escape initial pressure but he still chooses, at times, to hold on to the ball too long.Compounding this issue is a lack of aggressiveness from Rodgers throwing the ball into tight windows. In 2016, Rodgers ranked 32nd out of 39 eligible quarterbacks in NFL Next Gen Stats’ Aggressiveness %.In 2017, he was 35th out of 41 (Brett Hundley was 40th).So far through four weeks in 2018, he’s 36th out of 37.Of course a lot of factors go into this, but it is one indicator of the problem.The unwillingness to throw into tight windows hasn’t drastically hindered the offense; part of this is because Rodgers is very good at finding the open receiver on any given play, and part of this is because even when receivers are covered, Rodgers’ ball placement makes the catches easier for his receivers.But, as Rodgers stated himself after their week four win against the Buffalo Bills, the offense hasn’t had much rhythm and has generally left opportunities missed.If you’re having trouble picturing what I’m talking about, well Jaire Alexander Jersey , you’re in luck. I’m going to go week by week and show you examples of where Rodgers should have pulled the trigger and, for reasons unknown, left a play on the table. Important caveat: Rodgers is still the best in the world and can do things that no one else on this earth can do with a football, so please do not misconstrue my words into thinking Tim Boyle should be our starter - this is merely a collection of missed opportunities so far in 2018.Why not start at one of the best football games in recent history?While Rodgers played brilliantly in the second half in week one against Chicago, a lack of trust was already beginning to develop.Down 17 with 1:32 to go in the third quarter, Rodgers inexplicably looked off two open receivers in the middle of the field and ended up with an intentional grounding.Perhaps he was trying to pad his stats, as he got the yardage back as well as a first down on the very next play, but it was a head scratcher.Here’s the behind angle:Both Adams and Graham, the only two receivers in which Rodgers is looking, are both open (Graham more so than Adams).If the ball comes out on time, this is an easy reception.This habit carried into the second game against Minnesota.In the first quarter, Green Bay runs a clearout for Adams off of play-action.As soon as Adams makes his break inside he throttles down a bit, as he recognizes there is a middle linebacker 12 yards in front of him.The linebacker doesn’t see him and continues to backpedal, and Adams has nobody particularly close to him.Nope. Rodgers holds on to the ball and has to throw a dumpoff pass to Montgomery that falls incomplete.When Rogers is at the end of his drop, This is what he’s looking at (that’s Adams in the top left corner):Lay the ball between each linebacker and it’s 10+ yards.Here, again against Minnesota, Rodgers has his eyes on Geronimo Allison.This one isn’t as egregious; Allison has three defenders who are all about three yards away from him, but this is still a throw Aaron Rodgers can, and has in the past, made.Harrison Smith eventually covers up Allison well, but there’s a window at the top of Rodgers’ drop to deliver this ball.If the throw is to Allison’s body, and not out in front of him, the only way Smith makes a play on the ball is to go through Allison.Allison either draws a DPI if Smith is there too soon Womens Davon House Jersey , or he makes a catch and absorbs a hit.If you want to avoid Allison getting hit, throw it to his back shoulder which makes him stop running or throw it in the dirt at his feet and the play is done - just don’t hold on to the ball and absorb a sack.The week three game against Washington had more missed connections than the classified ads of Craigslist.Rodgers wasn’t seeing the field well at all, and when it appeared he did see his receivers, he was unwilling to sling it.On Green Bay’s first offensive snap, Rodgers looks off the safety in the middle of the field and Davante Adams beats his guy.This is a typically routine pickup for a healthy, confident Rodgers.Instead, after missing Adams and not pulling the trigger on a pass to a crossing Allison, Rodgers reverts to sandlot football and throws an incompletion.The misses and hesitations continued throughout the afternoon.Jimmy Graham in the red zone (or Aaron Jones underneath).Graham in the red zone again.Randall Cobb over the middle in the fourth quarter for a likely TD.And, a personal favorite of mine, the double look-off that came in the fourth quarter:Think he was looking somewhere else? Look again:What else do you want as a receiver? Jimmy Graham is a guaranteed two yards at the very least.Aaron Jones, three yards.Rodgers had his eye on both of them and didn’t throw the football.While you needed five for a first down, it was only second down; instead, a throwaway on second down keeps you at 3rd & 5 without even giving your playmakers an opportunity to do something more.The problems in the Buffalo game were less of a ‘Rodgers not letting go of the football’ problem, and more of a ‘scheming for our best playmakers’ problem (and “problem” is relative, as the score was 22-0), but the hesitations still popped up every now and then.Rodgers held off on a throw to Marquez Valdes-Scantling in the endzone instead opting to comeback to Ty Montgomery, and, despite routinely beating the Buffalo cornerbacks on curl routes during the game, deciding not to throw a pass to either Graham or Davante Adams. Both of those plays were during the first quarter and as the game progressed Rodgers did seem more comfortable to sling the ball in tighter windows, but it wasn’t enough to buck a concerning trend.Again, this isn’t to say that we need to re-evaluate the quarterback position in Green Bay.Rodgers is still tremendous, but the offense is running at less than 100% and this tendency is one of the reasons why.



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