Packer Plus - - News - Tom Sil­ver­stein

A look at how the Green Bay Pack­ers fared at out­side line­backer last sea­son, and why the po­si­tion could fac­tor into their draft plans:

Clay Matthews: Af­ter play­ing 46.2 per­cent of the snaps in ’16, Matthews played 62.8 per­cent in ’17. He missed two games, one with a groin in­jury and the other with a ham­string. Matthews fin­ished with 7½ sacks, mark­ing the third straight sea­son he failed to reach dou­ble dig­its. But he led the team with 12 quar­ter­back knock­downs and also had a dozen quar­ter­back pres­sures. Grade: B

Nick Perry: Miss­ing four games due to hand, an­kle and shoul­der in­juries, Perry man­aged to play 518 snaps or 49.4 per­cent. He broke his right hand against At­lanta in Week 2 and had to play with a club on it. Fin­ished with seven sacks, three of which came in one game against Chicago’s Charles Leno. Late in the year, when the de­fense re­ally needed him, Perry was out. Had six QB hits, eight pres­sures and just one tackle for loss. When he’s healthy, Perry can be a force on the edge. Grade: D-plus.

Kyler Fack­rell: Started off poorly in train­ing camp and flashed only a few de­cent pass rushes early on. Played too ten­ta­tively and was afraid to take any chances. But as the sea­son wore on, he started to play more reck­lessly and his play­ing time in­creased. He’s still not strong enough to be able to slug it out with left tack­les but if he can con­tinue to build on his big frame, he has a chance to be a solid con­trib­u­tor. Grade: C-mi­nus

Ah­mad Brooks: Back con­di­tion slowed him down early in the sea­son and he never re­ally seemed to get in a groove. Played 33.3 per­cent of the snaps and had 1½ sacks, four quar­ter­back hits and four pres­sures, which isn't bad. Had four off­side penal­ties, which is too many. Grade: D-plus

Chris Odom: Played just 59 snaps and made nine tack­les. Cu­ri­ous thing is that he was on the ros­ter all sea­son while Reg­gie Gil­bert toiled on the prac­tice squad. When he got called up, Gil­bert made more plays in one game than Odom did all sea­son. Grade: F

Vince Biegel: Suf­fered a bro­ken foot in off­sea­son work­outs and missed all of train­ing camp. Started the sea­son on PUP and fi­nally saw ac­tion in the first Detroit game. Faced an up­hill climb try­ing to pass rush with no train­ing camp against NFL tal­ent. Spent so much time re­hab­bing and prac­tic­ing, he looked worn out at the end of the year. This will be a huge off­sea­son for him. Grade: In­com­plete

Reg­gie Gil­bert: In two games (86 snaps), he had two QB hits, two QB pres­sures and a sack. De­served to play a lot more dur­ing the sea­son and should make some nice phys­i­cal gains dur­ing the off­sea­son. Grade: In­com­plete



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