Week 16 Packers Stock Report: Masthay and Grant Rising, Neal and Walden Falling
Welcome to the Week 16 Packers Stock Report.
Those of you familiar with the stock report here on AllGreenBayPackers.com may notice that this week’s report looks different than all the others from this season.
- No Aaron Rodgers in the rising category. Last week I left Rodgers out because I was sick of trying to think of new ways to highlight how great he is. This week I left him out because he played poorly. That hasn’t happened before.
- There are three Packers in the falling category. When the Packers win, I reserve the final spot in the falling category to mock and ridicule a player or coach from the opposing team. Since the Chiefs outplayed the Packers on Sunday, there is no mocking and ridiculing this week.
- Only two players in the rising category. Normally I have to whittle down a long list of rising players to only three. Not this week. I suppose I could have bumped up Scott Wells from the steady category to rising, but I chose not to.
- This is the first stock report following a Packers loss. The comments section could get a little negative. Remember Packers fans: Your team is 13-1. The Packers chances of winning the Super Bowl are still rising.
Nothing against Masthay, but you know it was a rough week when the punter is the first one listed in the rising category. Masthay averaged 53 yards on five punts Sunday. Two weeks ago against the Giants he averaged 44 on five punts. Hopefully the Packers don’t have to punt often in the playoffs, but it’s nice to have Masthay rising right now.
Who would’ve thought we’d see Grant in this category heading into Week 16? Grant probably should’ve gotten more carries on Sunday, but I’m guessing McCarthy was hesitant to use him too much because he was the only real halfback active. Either that or McCarthy was going to stubbornly stick to the gameplan of chucking it downfield no matter what. Probably the latter.
Like a pitcher that takes the ball every fifth day and gives you seven solid innings, Wells takes the field every week and gives a reliable performance. It might seem weird putting an offensive lineman in this category given the Packers struggles to keep pass rushers off Rodgers, but Wells has been consistent while his linemates have struggled to remain healthy and effective (honorable mention goes to T.J. Lang).
There were so many drops on Sunday that I could be mistaken, but I think Cobb caught every catchable pass thrown his way. I like Cobb’s burst upfield immediately after making a catch too. He’s not Jennings, but it was good to see Cobb have a nice game with Jennings out.
Containment was an issue all day for Walden and the Packers against the Chiefs ground game. Unfortunately, it only got worse when Frank Zombo replaced Walden on the Chief’s final series.
Why didn’t I have Neal in this category earlier? Probably because I forgot he was even on the team. The defensive line without Ryan Pickett should have stayed on the bus Sunday. Once again, Neal was a non-factor and has zero tackles since coming back from a knee injury.
Hopefully the coaches take some time this week to show Newhouse film from earlier in the season when he was doing a good job filing in for Chad Clifton. Newhouse is going through a horrible stretch right now, but he needs to understand a couple of things: 1) He plays (arguably) the second most important position on the team behind QB. Struggling isn’t an option, no matter how young he is; and 2) Newhouse is a good player. He showed it early on. Maybe he needs a little reminder that the coaches view him as more than just a stop-gap.