Packers 2010 Yearbook Awards: Player Most Likely to win Comeback Player of the Year
(Be sure to place your vote in the poll below.)
Adam: Grant — I’ve always like Grant, even though he basically just runs straight ahead as fast as he can. The Packers offensive line took a major step forward last season, which helps Grant’s cause.
Al: I really wanted to go with an off-beat pick here, and was leaning towards Mike Neal. I really think he was on his way to establishing himself as a full-time starter before being lost for the year. Then I was considering Grant, but with McCarthy’s token commitment to the running game and 3 options at RB, I don’t see Grant getting enough snaps. However, there’s one guy at a skill position that is sure to have more of an impact on the team if he stays healthy – TGIFinley. It can be nobody else.
Chad: When I started looking for a “comeback player” for 2011, I had to find someone who is a great player, had a drop in production the past year or two, and is in a position to return to his former glory next season. First and foremost, it’s a testament to the coaching staff and front office that I couldn’t find any players whose decreased performance wasn’t due to injury. So that left me with guys like Jermichael Finley, Donald Driver, and Ryan Grant who could fit the category. Of these three, I’d put my money on Jermichael Finley. He was on pace to have over 1,000 yards receiving before his injury last year, and you can bet he’ll be coming back strong in 2011. He’s just too good of a player to be a disappointment.
Kris: Finley and it won’t be close. Every fiber of my being says the man is in for a monster 2011. If he keeps his head on straight, the sky is the limit. He is an athletic freak of nature and a bad matchup for any defense. If he stays healthy, 2011 is the real YOTTO (year of the takeover, used by Finley on Twitter).
Thomas: Ryan Grant – My reason for picking Grant over Finley is that the Packers are a passing team and Finley was the focal point until he went onto IR. Considering that, defenses are probably going to double team him constantly, which should dampen his production. Add to that the fact that Finley needs to stay healthy through the entire season and Grant might have a better shot. Also the offensive line has gone through a major upgrade with 2 1st rounders and Josh Sitton becoming a Pro Bowl caliber player.
Zach: Finley: Doesn’t it have to be Finley? If—and we have to consider it a big “if” at this point—he stays healthy for the majority of next season, Finley will put up big numbers. He’s one of the bigger mismatches in football for a defense, and Rodgers clearly felt comfortable with him last season. Remember, he was on track for 84 catches and 1,204 yards in 2010. If he gets even close to those numbers, this will be an easy pick.——————
Jersey Al Bracco is the founder and editor of AllGreenBayPackers.com, and the co-founder of Packers Talk Radio Network. He can be heard as one of the Co-Hosts on Cheesehead Radio and is the Green Bay Packers Draft Analyst for Drafttek.com.