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Green Bay Packers: 2017 Offensive Report Card

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Green Bay Packers 2017 Offensive Report Card

After the dust settled on the taxing 2017 season, the Green Bay Packers were an underwhelming 7-9. When looking at the team’s performance by position, we can analyze what went wrong and where. Injuries forced some players into new roles, and time needed to adjust was evident. However, many players stepped up and impressed in 2017, as found in the revitalized running game. With school being out on the Packers 2017 season, let’s take a look at their offensive report card.


However strange it may be to imagine that the Packers had inconsistent play at quarterback, it was the case in 2017. When Brett Hundley stepped in for Aaron Rodgers in Week 6, he performed admirably. While performing admirably is inspiring, it hardly filled the shoes of the two-time MVP. Hundley struggled throughout the season. He threw just nine touchdowns to twelve interceptions on the season. Hundley had two games of three interceptions on the season. Additionally, he had two games of three touchdowns on the year. Impressive in those games, but leaves just three touchdowns over the other seven starts.  In his nine starts at the helm of the offense, Hundley’s record was only 3-6.
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On the flip side, Rodgers was Hundley’s polar opposite. Before the injury in Minnesota, Rodgers earned four wins in five games. He had 13 touchdowns over that span, with just three interceptions. According to Pro Football Reference, Rodgers had a rating of 104.1 with a completion percentage of 66.7. Unfortunately, his return from a collarbone injury was not a fairytale ending. Rodgers would throw three interceptions en route to playoff elimination in Carolina. The loss would end Rodgers’ season as he would be placed back on IR. When looking at the offensive report card for quarterback play for the season, the performances seem lackluster overall.

Grade: C-

Running Back

This season saw a resurgence at the running back position for the Green Bay Packers. For the first time since 2007, Rodgers did not rank in the top three rushers for the Packers. Take a look at how the Packers backs performed in 2017.


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Ty Montgomery started off the season atop the depth chart but struggled with broken ribs following Week 4. That being said, Montgomery showed flashes of back he was in the year prior but failed to produce the same. He averaged just 3.8 yards-per-carry, down from 5.9 the year before. However, he did show versatility in the passing game, catching 23 receptions in five starts. Sadly, a wrist injury saw the primary back’s season end early. Monty played in just eight games on the season, accumulating 446 total yards and four total touchdowns.


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As a pure running back, Aaron Jones was by far the most impressive out of the backfield. In four starts Jones averaged 5.6 yards-per-carry with 348 yards and three touchdowns. While he caught just nine passes for 22 yards, he proved his capability on the ground. Jones had a pair of 100-yard rushing games, more than the rest of the whole team. Unfortunately, an MCL sprain hobbled Jones, but he was able to make occasional appearances down the stretch. Jones was essential in the offensive report card grading of the running backs. More importantly, Jones kept the season alive with a game-winning 20-yard touchdown during overtime in Week 13. Pro Football Focus rated Jones at 82.7, the highest ranking among the running back corps in Green Bay.


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Lastly comes Jamaal Williams, the workhorse rookie out of BYU. Williams carried one more tote than Montgomery and Jones combined on the season. He had three straight games producing more than 115 yards from scrimmage. The rookie showed versatility in snagging 25 receptions on the year with a 10.5-yard average and a pair of touchdowns. However, Williams was hardly efficient when running the ball. When starting, he posted just one game on the season with an average over 3.9 yards per rush. While the six total touchdowns and versatility is impressive, Williams will need to bring up his 3.6 yards-per-carry in 2018.

Grade: B

Offensive Line

Green Bay’s offensive line is often held in high regard among the best. After losing two of their specialists in the offseason, they were plagued by injury in 2017. Bryan Bulaga was one of the unfortunate victims of the issue. In a Week 9 loss to the Lions, Bulaga came away with a torn ACL that would end his season. Jahri Evans would have his ups and downs in his first season in Green Bay but was consistent more often than not. Having missed just one game on the season, Evans was one of the few consistent and available blockers.

David Bakhtiari struggled to stay healthy with a hamstring injury but remained on the field for much of the season. Additionally, Bakhtiari did not just remain healthy; he proved to be the best tackle in the league by Pro Football Focus measurements. His 88.9 grade ranked first among those at his position and included a 93.4 pass-block grade.
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Though Bakhtiari enjoyed an All-Pro season, much of the rest of the line struggled. Lane Taylor and Corey Linsley both struggled throughout much of the season. Both earned Pro Football Focus grades below average or worse. Justin McCray struggled in his time on the field as well, posting a grade of just 40.5. Given the fact the team struggled to block, it must be mentioned that the group only allowed 19 sacks on the year. Also, the Packers averaged 4.5 yards per rush on the season, good for fifth in the league. That merits consideration in reviewing the offensive report card, but not enough to salvage the rough year.

Grade: B-

Wide Receivers and Tight Ends


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Green Bay had a new face atop the receiving leaders in 2017. Davante Adams led Green Bay at the receiver position with 885 yards, 12 touchdowns, and 74 receptions. In addition, Adams averaged twelve yards per reception. With Aaron Rodgers hurt, Jordy Nelson saw his numbers drop dramatically. After posting over 1200 yards and 14 touchdowns a year ago, Nelson failed to eclipse 500 yards and had just six touchdowns. Randall Cobb also struggled at times during the season. He had four touchdowns on the season and 653 yards on 66 catches. While among the league leaders in catch percentage at 71.7%, Cobb averaged under ten yards a reception for the first time in his career. Geronimo Allison added 23 receptions from the position but had a catch percentage of just 59% according to Pro Football Reference. However, Allison had only one game with more than 33 yards in 2017.

Grade: B+

Tight Ends

There is not much to look at this year for the offensive report card in regards to the tight end corps. Green Bay had a tough time about when targeting their tight ends during the 2017 season. The top three targets combined for two touchdowns. Martellus Bennett, Lance Kendricks, and Richard Rodgers combined for just 54 receptions and 596 yards. Moreover, not one of the three had a catch percentage above 63% on the year. Looking at the players from a Pro Football Focus standpoint does not benefit the players either. Not one of the three were graded above a 50 by season’s end.

Grade: D-