STUDS AND DUDS

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Aaron Jones has big day; Ken­trell Brice dis­ap­points

The Green Bay Pack­ers’ 31-17 loss to the Wash­ing­ton Red­skins at FedEx Field was a de­flat­ing per­for­mance in all three phases, with mis­takes and missed op­por­tu­ni­ties help­ing cre­ate a con­vinc­ing de­feat on the road against an NFC foe.

Here are a few of the Pack­ers’ studs and duds from Sun­day’s loss:

STUDS RB Aaron Jones

He needed only six car­ries to prove he’s the most ex­plo­sive and ta­lented run­ning back on the ros­ter. He ripped off three runs over eight yards, in­clud­ing back-to-back runs pro­duc­ing 18 yards, plus a 17-yard run in the sec­ond half. Ev­ery­thing about his elec­tric run­ning style works in sym­me­try. He sees the hole, gets to the hole and bursts through the hole, and he’s cre­ative and tough enough at the con­tact point to get ex­tra yards. The Pack­ers must find a way to get the ball in his hands 15-20 times ev­ery week, es­pe­cially with Aaron Rodgers hob­bled.

DL Kenny Clark

The Red­skins kept run­ning it at Clark and he kept mak­ing plays. No. 97 is the most con­sis­tently dom­i­nant player on the de­fense. He led the team in tack­les, bat­ted down a pass and was, on sev­eral oc­ca­sions, a step away from a sack or quar­ter­back hit. His con­tri­bu­tions to stop­ping the run on early downs were key for the de­fense in the sec­ond half.

P JK Scott

He han­dled some tough snaps as a punter and still kicked well in the con­di­tions. Two of his five punts fin­ished in­side the 20, in­clud­ing a per­fect punt downed at the 2-yard line. He also had an­other field-flip­ping 58-yarder.

WR Geron­imo Al­li­son

Al­li­son used a great dou­ble move to get be­hind the cov­er­age and catch a 64yard touch­down in the first half. It was the kind of big play the of­fense needed. He also had a sec­ond op­por­tu­nity to score on a scram­ble drill later in the sec­ond half, but Rodgers threw low and skipped it to him in the end zone. In the first half, Rodgers found Al­li­son for 12 yards to con­vert on third down – the third time in as many games the two have con­nected to pick up a third down.

WR Mar­quez Valdes-Scantling

Valdes-Scantling forced t wo fair catches, downed a punt at the 2-yard line, made a tackle in­side the 20-yard line on kick­off cov­er­age and made an­other tackle on punt cov­er­age. The rookie re­ceiver is be­com­ing Ron Zook’s goto gunner.

C Corey Lins­ley

Although the guard to each side of him strug­gled, Lins­ley was rock solid in the mid­dle, both in the run game and as a pass pro­tec­tor. He was es­pe­cially solid ex­e­cut­ing reach blocks on sev­eral of the Pack­ers’ most pro­duc­tive cut­back runs.

DUDS S Ken­trell Brice

Brice’s lack of aware­ness and ball track­ing skills showed up on the long Paul Richard­son touch­down, and he had at least three ter­ri­ble tackle at­tempts cre­at­ing big plays. It was the kind of per­for­mance that should get a starter benched the next week.

WR Ran­dall Cobb

Scan t hrough Cobb’s first seven years in the NFL and you’ll strug­gle to find a per­for­mance worse than Sun­day ’s. Cobb turned 11 tar­gets into four catches and 23 yards, dropped chain­mov­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties on both third and fourth down and had a come­back-stalling fum­ble late in the fourth quar­ter.

S Ha Ha Clin­ton-Dix

He had strong cov­er­age against Jor­dan Reed and ben­e­fited from a mixup in com­mu­ni­ca­tion on his in­ter­cep­tion in the first half, but the rest of his af­ter­noon was dis­ap­point­ing. Clin­ton-Dix lost Ver­non Davis on third down in the first quar­ter, missed a tackle on Reed and was late ro­tat­ing over on Jami­son Crow­der’s short touch­down. He still looks com­pletely un­in­ter­ested in ini­ti­at­ing con­tact.

LS Hunter Bradley

The rookie was fine the first two weeks, but he might not have enough ros­ter eq­uity to sur­vive what turned into a re­ally tough af­ter­noon in Wash­ing ton. His first snap sent Scott a full two or three yards to his right. Right be­fore the end of the half, he skipped a snap to Scott and forced an aborted field goal. An­other snap in the fourth quar­ter went right and al­most got away from Scott. Fi­nally, Scott had to reach way down and to his right to catch Bradley ’s last snap.

OLB Nick Perry

Perry de­liv­ered one tackle for loss late, but he was mostly in­vis­i­ble over his 38 snaps. Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Wil­liams won the matchup de­ci­sively. Through three games, Perry sim­ply hasn’t pro­vided enough as a pass rusher. Maybe he’s still work­ing his way back after off-sea­son an­kle surgery, but the Pack­ers need more. A lot more.

RT Ja­son Spriggs

He came on for Bryan Bu­laga late in the first half and mostly looked over­matched. The Red­skins at­tacked him, es­pe­cially early in the sec­ond half. He gave up a hand­ful of easy pres­sures and was pe­nal­ized twice, once for hold­ing and once for a false start. The Pack­ers bet­ter hope Bu­laga’s in­jury isn’t se­ri­ous.

TE Lance Ken­dricks

What ex­actly is Ken­dricks’ worth to the ros­ter? He isn’t ef­fec­tive as an in­line blocker and has strug­gled with drops since ar­riv­ing last sum­mer.

LG Lane Tay­lor

He re­ally strug­gled stay­ing in front of Jonathan Allen, who con­sis­tently beat Tay­lor with power and quick­ness. Tay­lor has been noth­ing more than av­er­age as a pass blocker to start 2018.

JIM MATTHEWS / USA TO­DAY NET­WORK-WIS­CON­SIN

Pack­ers run­ning back Aaron Jones prob­a­bly should have got­ten more touches in his first game back on the ac­tive ros­ter.

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