Bob McGinn grades the of­fense

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Da­vante Adams: Fluid, smart and com­pet­i­tive. Zipped past in­jured Jar­rett Boykin as No. 3 in Game 4 and never looked back. Dropped four of 79 passes for drop rate of 5.06%, low­est at the po­si­tion, and av­er­aged a solid 5.41 yards after the catch. Doesn’t have tremen­dous size or burner speed. Plays with strength, can work out­side or inside and doesn’t scare from traf­fic jams. Has starter’s ca­pa­bil­ity. Grade: C-plus. Jared Ab­bred­eris: Looked like a nat­u­ral re­turn­ing punts in the off-sea­son and had a shot at the kick­off-re­turn job, too. Then he blew out his knee July 30 in the fourth prac­tice of train­ing camp. Pos­ses­sion-type re­ceiver fared sur­pris­ingly well against the jam. Grade: In­com­plete.

Jar­rett Boykin: Fell off the map after play­ing so well as a No. 3 in 2013 that coach Mike McCarthy deemed James Jones ex­pend­able. Played 119 snaps in Games 1-3, sat out Games 4-6 with a groin in­jury and played just 119 more snaps as a No. 4 in Games 7-18. Dropped three of 12 passes thrown to him. Played faster than he timed a year ago but didn’t show it this year. De­clined in­ter­views all sea­son, and Sun­day in the Seat­tle locker room was heard seek­ing to per­suade An­drew Quar­less to stop speak­ing to re­porters. His good plays on spe­cial teams were off­set by just as many bad ones. Re­stricted free agent for whom the min­i­mum ten­der of $1.574 mil­lion might be too rich for the Pack­ers’ blood. Grade: D-mi­nus.

Ran­dall Cobb: Slug­gish in train­ing camp and Games 1-3, he then emerged as one of the NFL’s bright­est young stars. Made play after play from the slot. Quick-twitch ath­lete could gain in­stant sep­a­ra­tion against almost ev­ery nickel back. Led the team in yards after catch with an av­er­age of 5.98 yards and in 20-plus plays with 26, nine more than his pre­vi­ous high of 17 in 2012. De­vel­oped into a fear­less, ef­fec­tive blocker. Ac­tu­ally ap­peared to like draw­ing as­sign­ments cracking back on strong safeties, even lineback­ers. Also played 46 snaps sta­tioned in the back­field, in­clud­ing 33 in the last five games after Mike McCarthy saw how dy­namic he was in that role. Re-sign­ing Cobb is pri­or­ity No. 1 in the off-sea­son. Dropped nine of 145 passes after not hav­ing a drop in 46 tar­gets last year. Grade: A-mi­nus.

Kevin Dorsey: Sim­i­lar to Boykin, just not as sea­soned. Like Boykin, he’s a wide re­ceiver with the tough­ness to tackle and block on spe­cial teams. Un­like Boykin, he’s fast and ath­letic. Beat out by Boykin and Jeff Ja­nis in train­ing camp be­fore be­ing brought back from the prac­tice squad. Broke his foot on 12th snap from scrim­mage and was lost for sea­son. Grade: In­com­plete. Jeff Ja­nis: Sat in­ac­tive for fi­nal 12 games be­hind Boykin, an in­fe­rior tal­ent. McCarthy, how­ever, in­sisted the dif­fer­ence be­tween them from scrim­mage and on spe­cial teams was clear-cut. Drafted in the sev­enth round out of Di­vi­sion II Sag­i­naw Val­ley State, he made a re­mark­ably rapid two-week re­cov­ery from shin­gles to cap­ture the No. 5 berth. Demon­strated breathtaking speed in ex­hi­bi­tion sea­son on re­cep­tions (34, 33) and KO re­turn

(62). Size, speed and poise of­fer im­mense prom­ise. Grade: In­com­plete.

Jordy Nel­son: Dom­i­nant force un­til late in the sea­son. Signed to a four-year, $39.8 mil­lion ex­ten­sion July 26, the morn­ing of the first prac­tice. Epit­o­mizes pro­fes­sion­al­ism, con­sis­tency, work ethic and dis­ci­pline. Al­ways the same. Seems to play faster ev­ery year. Grooved route run­ner. Caught eight passes for more than 35 yards, two fewer than his ca­reer-best of 10 in 2010. En­coun­tered some prob­lems sep­a­rat­ing against phys­i­cal press-man cor­ner­backs down the stretch. Also dropped nine of 163 passes, in­clud­ing six in the last five games. Was the Sports Il­lus­trated cover

boy Dec. 1. Did the SI jinx strike again? Grade: B-plus.


Bran­don Bo­stick: On pa­per, he’s the fastest of the team’s three tight ends, the best down­field re­ceiver, the best blocker and the best on spe­cial teams. So why did Bo­stick play just 33 snaps from scrim­mage (he also played 244 on spe­cial teams, most of any of­fen­sive player)? The leg frac­ture that he suf­fered Aug. 16 side­lined him a month and dis­rupted his mo­men­tum. More to the point, the coaches sim­ply didn’t con­sider Bo­stick as de­pend­able as the oth­ers. They kept Bo­stick over Ryan Tay­lor when a roster berth was needed but still never played him. His in­abil­ity to follow or­ders and then fail­ure to catch the de­ci­sive on­side kick in Seat­tle prob­a­bly ended his ca­reer, at least in Green Bay. Grade: F.

Justin Per­illo: Rookie free agent from Maine hung around be­cause of a knack for find­ing win­dows in zone cov­er­age and his per­sis­tent block­ing. He needs con­sid­er­able strength de­vel­op­ment. Can run a lit­tle. Worth another look. Grade: In­com­plete.

An­drew Quar­less: Had his best sea­son since miss­ing all 2012 fol­low­ing re­con­struc­tive knee surgery. As con­fi­dence in his knee grew, so did his re­li­a­bil­ity as a blocker. Trimmed his to­tal of “bad” runs from 15 to 4½. Too tall and up­right to be more than a po­si­tion-and-shield blocker but he usu­ally stayed on his man. Had a ca­reer-high 58.1% play­ing time. Most of his 33 re­cep­tions were check-downs, flats or stick routes. Coaches weren’t con­fi­dent let­ting him run the seam. Any­thing but smooth in the open field but still av­er­aged a ca­reer-best 5.46 after the catch. Too-high drop rate of 11.5% (six of 54). Grade: C.

Richard Rodgers: Fin­ished with 44.5% play­ing time. Thir­dround draft choice with soft, sure hands. Dropped just two of 34 (5.9%). All but ig­nored by many de­fenses. Be­came a re­spectable fourth op­tion by read­ing the blitz and pre­sent­ing his num­bers to the quar­ter­back. Shows pedes­trian speed off the line and into his routes. Woe­ful (1.9 av­er­age) after the catch as more of a catc­hand-stum­ble guy. His to­tal of 13 “bad” runs was sec­ond-worst on the team. Grade: C-mi­nus.


Aaron Adams: The Pack­ers kept the “street” tackle around on in­jured re­serve all year after he suf­fered a sea­son-end­ing knee in­jury Aug. 28. Not ex­pected back. Grade: In­com­plete.

David Bakhtiari: Added much-needed strength and weight (to 312) in the off-sea­son and im­proved as a sec­ond-year starter. Played 96.3% of the snaps at left tackle, where he and Detroit’s Ri­ley Reiff shared the top spot on the All-NFC North team. With new-found strength came con­fi­dence and a more phys­i­cal ap­proach. Won’t be 24 un­til Septem­ber so he still can im­prove by leaps and bounds. Al­lowed more sacks (5½), pres­sures (33) and “bad” runs (19½) than any line­man. Drew more penal­ties (eight), too. De­spite the num­bers, he was never close to be­ing a li­a­bil­ity. An­chored much bet­ter against bull rush­ers and cut off bet­ter on the back side in the run game. Now he needs to be­come more con­sis­tent block­ing edge speed for pass

and sus­tain longer at the point of at­tack for run. Grade: B-mi­nus.

Don Bar­clay: Tick­eted as the top backup at both tackle and guard spots be­fore tear­ing an ACL Aug. 5. Missed two games in 2013 with what a source said was a torn MCL in the same right knee. Played 86.7% of the snaps at RT in 2013, al­low­ing 39 pres­sures but only 11½ “bad” runs. The Pack­ers will ten­der him as a re­stricted free agent in March. Tena­cious, proud and re­source­ful. No, most teams wouldn’t want Bar­clay start­ing, but there are far worse swing­men play­ing

than him. Grade: In­com­plete.

Bryan Bu­laga: All-NFC North RT in 2011, ’12 and ’14. Bounced back from ACL surgery in Au­gust 2013 and played more force­fully as the sea­son went on. Only starter on of­fense to miss a start (Game 2, sprained knee). Be­gan re­ally pun­ish­ing de­fend­ers from about mid­sea­son on. More of a RT or guard than a LT based on body type and ath­letic abil­ity. Slightly more con­sis­tent block­ing for run than pass. Had fewest “bad” runs on O-line with 10. Can be walked back in pass pro­tec­tion when his hands get too wide. Gen­er­ally able to set­tle in and halt bull rush­ers be­fore they get home. Four of his 22½ pres­sures were sacks. Ex­pected to be the top tackle on the un­re­stricted mar­ket if he’s still avail­able March 10. Grade: B-plus.

Garth Ger­hart: Squatty third-year free agent re­al­ized life­long dream of mak­ing a team after be­ing pro­moted from prac­tice squad on the day be­fore the opener. Height (6-1½) makes cen­ter his best po­si­tion but can play guard in a pinch. Played 25 snaps, didn’t look over­matched. Grade: In­com­plete.

T.J. Lang: Made his sec­ond sea­son at RG the best of his ca­reer and was unan­i­mous pick on the All-NFC North team. Tied his ca­reer-low for “bad” runs with 11½, which was tied for sec­ond on the O-line. Also served as the pri­mary puller on 32 runs for 93 yards (2.9). Gen­er­ally makes sound de­ci­sions on combo blocks, able to ad­just eas­ily on pre-snap checks and rel­ishes the roug­hand-tum­ble as­pect of the job. Views him­self as an en­forcer ready to pro­tect team­mates at all costs. Made sig­nif­i­cant strides as one-on-one pass blocker and against stunts. Al­lowed one sack in both 2013 and ’14 after yield­ing 5½ in ’12. Can be a step slow get­ting to the sec­ond level. Al­ways hus­tling and look­ing for somebody to hit. Played on a bad an­kle for about six games.

Grade: B.


Pack­ers wide re­ceiver Jordy Nel­son gets a grade of B-plus for his work ethic and dis­ci­pline.

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