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August

Packers Stock Report: It’s Still too Early to Know Much of Anything Edition

Hey No. 21, you’re not going to tackle Packers RB Eddie Lacy with one arm.

Before I get started on this week’s Packers stock report, let’s review exactly what the stock report is and why I do it:

  • The stock report is based on more than a single game or day of practice. Generally, it takes more than one good performance to become a riser and more than just one bad day to land in the falling category. Of course, there are always exceptions.
  • The stock report is also about projecting somewhat into the future. Like any good investor, you want to buy a stock before it hits its peak value so you can sell it at a profit later when it maxes out in price.
  • If a player is playing well under the radar and it looks like he could become more visible in the coming weeks, I’ll throw him in the rising category. If he’s been playing well, but slipping a bit of late, he might end up falling.
  • The stock report is not about putting my favorite players in the rising category and putting certain players I don’t care for in the falling category. Besides, I love all players who wear the green and gold, which makes all Packers players risers!
  • Stock reports after two exhibition games are tricky. See the title to this week’s stock report. Therefore, a few of these rules might get ignored because it’s so early. Actually, all of the rules might be ignored (besides rule No. 4).

Rising

Eddie Lacy
Yup, I’m already ignoring one of the rules I laid out above. After only eight carries, I have decided that Eddie Lacy is rising. Did you see him trucking defenders on Saturday?! If that carries into the regular season and all of Lacy’s body parts that are glued on stay together, I no longer will be so scared of 3rd and 1 and the Packers might have a back who can close games in the fourth quarter.

Johnny Jolly
So far, so good for Johnny Jolly. Up until Saturday’s exhibition games, Jolly had been decent, which probably wasn’t going to be good enough to make the team. Then he came up with an interception Saturday and played a great game all around — exactly the kind of playmaking performance the Packers have been lacking from a defensive lineman since Cullen Jenkins left.

Micah Hyde
He’s got a lot of work to do in coverage, but it looks like he’s more than capable of being a force on special teams and as a blitzer in nickel or dime packages. Also seems to always be around the ball.

Steady

The healthy regulars
Aaron Rodgers, James Jones, Jermichael Finley, Josh Sitton, Clay Matthews, B.J. Raji, C.J. Wilson. Most of the Packers proven veterans that are healthy have been doing exactly what they need to do this preseason. Nothing too flashy because they’re not playing all that much and no major screw-ups or signs of regressing — just what you want out of your veteran core through two exhibition games.

Falling

D.J. Williams
A  pass-catching tight end should fit in nicely on a team with Aaron Rodgers as the quarterback, but Williams is struggling to hang onto the ball when it is thrown to him. The Packers tight ends behind Jermichael Finley are a mess right now, and Williams is the one who needs to clean it up the most.

Packers backup QBs
Please God keep Aaron Rodgers healthy this season. Please God keep Aaron Rodgers healthy this season. Please God keep Aaron Rodgers healthy this season. Please God keep Aaron Rodgers healthy this season. Please God keep Aaron Rodgers healthy this season. Please God keep Aaron Rodgers healthy this season. Please God keep Aaron Rodgers healthy this season. Please God keep Aaron Rodgers healthy this season. Please God keep Aaron Rodgers healthy this season. Please God keep Aaron Rodgers healthy this season. Please God keep Aaron Rodgers healthy this season. Please God keep Aaron Rodgers healthy this season. Please God keep Aaron Rodgers healthy this season. Please God keep Aaron Rodgers healthy this season. Please God keep Aaron Rodgers healthy this season. Please God keep Aaron Rodgers healthy this season. Please God keep Aaron Rodgers healthy this season. Please God keep Aaron Rodgers healthy this season.

 

 

 

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Adam Czech is a freelance reporter and a Packers fan living in the Twin Cities. Follow Adam on Twitter. Read more of Adam's writing on the Packers here.

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13 Responses to “Packers Stock Report: It’s Still too Early to Know Much of Anything Edition”

  1. Chad Toporski Chad Toporski says:

    Spot on with your assessment of the backup QBs, Adam.

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    • nick perry says:

      I’ve been in church praying for that since February for Rodgers. Totally on board with that.

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    • Dobber says:

      “Please God keep Aaron Rodgers healthy this season.”

      No different from a year ago, in that sense, but I give VY an outside chance of effectively leading the offense if needed over 2-4 games where I wouldn’t give Harrell or Coleman a fart’s chance in a whirlwind.

      When it comes down to it, the backup QB situation is improved over a year ago.

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  2. nick perry says:

    Maybe I’m just to big of a D.J. Williams supporter that I’m blind of the little I’ve seen of him (very little in preseason) but Adam, I saw him making excellent blocks on Lacy’s runs, driving his guy backwards and sticking with his him. He made a couple of catches when young was in I believe. Are people upset with the pass over the middle by Harrell? Is that the play everybody is dumping on Williams for? If so, I don’t see any of the other Packers TE’s making that catch either. Coverage was good. What am I missing guys?

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    • Chad Toporski Chad Toporski says:

      Maybe it’s time to do a film study…

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    • aaronqb says:

      Brandon Bostick needs to make the 53-man – he looks to have very high upside. Williams not so much – he may lose his spot.

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    • Jersey Al Jersey Al says:

      Did you see my film study of the OL? There’s good shots of DJ Williams blocking no one.

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  3. Razer says:

    Under McCarthy, Vince Young might be the best option for QB backup. He needs some time, but he could be exactly what the Packers need.

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  4. Dobber says:

    Don’t forget Dorsey and Johnson who haven’t been able to get on the field to show what they can do. In that sense, it’s hard to say their stock is truly falling, but they had a golden opportunity to make an impact as rookies because they bring qualities missing in other WR on the roster and they just haven’t been able to seize it.

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  5. Oppy says:

    …Could Mr. Finley be a riser, or are we just not going to go down that path quite yet? ;)

    Out of curiosity, was I the only fan who was not only not angry when Finley was called for holding on that run play, but actually ECSTATIC that Finley was holding??

    Just think about it- that means he was actually trying to block somebody! I mean, really trying to block! He was touching a defender!!

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  6. GBPDAN says:

    Is there a ‘just a guy’ category? Because Perry belongs in it

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