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Packers Jamari Lattimore: 2012 Player Evaluation and Report Card

Jamari Lattimore

Jamari Lattimore

1) Introduction: Jamari Lattimore was one of the Packers’ undrafted free agent projects in 2011. He has floated between the outside and inside linebacker positions during practices, but Lattimore’s live game experiences have come exclusively at outside linebacker. Aside from that, he’s been just another special teams player.

2) Profile:

Jamari Lattimore

  • Age: 24
  • Born: 10/06/1988, in Miami, FL
  • Height: 6’2″
  • Weight: 237
  • College: Middle Tennessee State
  • Rookie Year: 2011
  • NFL Experience: 2 years

Career Stats and more

3) Expectations coming into the season: There was never too much to get excited about with Jamari Lattimore. Making it onto the 53-man roster is an accomplishment in and of itself, but beyond that, there was never any real chance of him becoming a starter. He’s been relegated to the back-up role and special teams core player.

4) Player’s highlights/low-lights: How many times can one make the highlight reel on special teams?

5) Player’s contribution to the overall team success: With only seven combined tackles on the year, Jamari Lattimore is nothing to write home about. He played the fourth-most snaps on special teams units with 269, so that counts for something, however small. Lattimore also filled in at left outsidel linebacker for eight snaps against the Arizona Cardinals, but didn’t do much with them.

6) Player’s contributions in the playoffs: Nothing of note outside of his normal special teams duties.

 

Season Report Card:

(D) Level of expectations met during the season

(D-) Contributions to team’s overall success.

(D-) Contributions to team during the playoffs

Overall Grade: D-

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Chad Toporski, a Wisconsin native and current Pittsburgh resident, is a writer for AllGreenBayPackers.com. You can follow Chad on twitter at @ChadToporski

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8 Responses to “Packers Jamari Lattimore: 2012 Player Evaluation and Report Card”

  1. CSS says:

    Hasn’t he been awarded a handful of special teams ‘game balls’ by the coaching staff this year, even in one game (Vikings I believe) where he wasn’t even credited with a tackle? They love him because he’s fearless, violent and destroys multiple blockers when covering kicks. Also, the coaching staff asked him to learn a brand new position this year (ILB), so the grade seems harsh to me, especially the D under expectations.

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    • Chad Toporski Chad Toporski says:

      I don’t know… It’s challenging to grade these guys who have only played ST. Considering he played 100 less ST snaps than the leading Ryan Taylor, I can’t believe that he’s that valuable to the team. Of course, that could also be due to injury.

      Tough call…

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    • Chad Toporski Chad Toporski says:

      Ok… so I realized that I forgot Lattimore was voted by teammates to be the ST captain in the playoffs.

      The D definitely seems low after doing some more digging…

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  2. James says:

    I saw him his first year in practice with Kevin Green. I don’t know what they saw in him. He really struggled. My bet was that he would be the first OLB cut from the squad. Just hitting the practice dummies made him look weak.

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  3. Tarynfor12 Tarynfor12 says:

    Reading the grades of all so far,leaves a very dis-allusioned forecast for the immediate now never mind the later.

    How is that so many pound the desk for these players and yet the end grade is so tragically low individually and as a group.I’m all for the draft and develope but,someone,anyone…just one would have been nice to have jumped a grade.

    But all we seem to have is an escalator and players walking up the downside going nowhere.

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  4. Ron LC says:

    How many ST only guys can you keep on the roster? Not a starting LB now. Not usre if he ever would be.

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    • CSS says:

      Desmond Bishop excelled on special teams a few years before getting time at ILB. Not saying I believe he’s the next Desmond Bishop, but you can’t deny the parallels. Identical body type, underrated athlete, and a thumper. Kids learning a new position, I would like to see what he has.

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