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Jarrett Bush 2013 Green Bay Packers Evaluation and Report Card

Packers CB Jarrett Bush

Packers CB Jarrett Bush

1) Introduction: Despite being a special teams ace and, along with Tramon Williams, a veteran presence among a young group of cornerbacks, Bush wasn’t necessarily a lock to make the team in 2013. The Packers spent a fifth-round pick on what they thought was a NFL-ready corner in Micah Hyde, and they were already stacked at the position with Williams, Sam Shields and Casey Hayward. But as always seems to be the case, Bush was asked to play a fairly prominent role on defense at several points throughout the season. That said, Bush’s time in Green Bay may be waning, as the veteran defensive back will turn 30 before the 2014 season kicks off.

2) Profile: Jarrett Bush

  • Age: 29
  • Born: 5/21/1984 in Vacaville , CA
  • Height: 6’0″
  • Weight: 200
  • College: Utah State
  • Rookie Year: 2006
  • NFL Experience: 8 year

Career Stats and more

3) Expectations coming into the season: While probably not the most popular player among the Packers’ fan base, most, at this point, know Bush is what he is. He’s a guy who prepares as well as anyone in the locker room and can play a defensive role if need be, but his primary impact would come on special teams. Once Bush made the roster, his expectations for the upcoming season were a carbon copy of what they are every season.

4) Player’s highlights/low-lights: If there’s one highlight that came out of Bush’s 2013-14 season, it’s his clutch interception of Matt Ryan on the Atlanta Falcons’ final possession. The way the Packers’ season had been going at the time, it looked like the Falcons may be on the verge of a Hail Mary road win, but Bush put an end to that. The Falcons game (+1.4) was Bush’s best of the season, according to Pro Football Focus, while the Vikings game in Minnesota (-1.1) was his worst.

5) Player’s contribution to the overall team success: Jarrett Bush was Jarrett Bush. He played a lot on special teams and a little on defense; never more than 23 defensive snaps in a game and never less than zero. Bush, however, missed four games in 2013 after missing just two in his first seven seasons.

6) Player’s contributions in the playoffs: Bush played 10 snaps against the 49ers, and really only one of them was memorable. For the wrong reasons. Blitzing from the left side on what would be the game’s final possession, Bush had a sack of Colin Kaepernick on his mind, but once he committed to making the play, he needed to make the tackle. And he didn’t. Kaepernick escaped the pocket, picked up the first down and extended the 49ers’ season.

Season Report Card:

(B) Level of expectations met during the season

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

(D) Contributions to team during the playoffs

Overall Grade: C-

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Marques is a Journalism student, serving as the Sports Editor of UW-Green Bay\'s campus newspaper The Fourth Estate and a Packers writer at Jersey Al\'s AllGBP.com. Follow Marques on Twitter @MJEversoll.

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5 Responses to “Jarrett Bush 2013 Green Bay Packers Evaluation and Report Card”

  1. Sven says:

    Bush had a few great pass break-ups this season, when he was called upon. Him vs. Gonzales was truly memorable for fans of Bush. he was targeted and won.

    The 49ers mistake was rough, but Bush seems to be a person that rises above his natural skills through intense effort and preparation. I hope he sticks around as his special teams play is truly special.

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  2. Razer says:

    Of all the grades given out to the secondary, I think that this grade is too low. Bush exceeded my expectations and played solid in both his nickel and ST duties. His game against Atlanta was huge. He is not a lockdown corner but he is a solid all-around player that basically played to his potential throughout a crazy, injury year. Give the man his due.

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  3. Starr57 says:

    You may want to go to packers.com and cue up the last segment of The Larry McCarren Show, as he actually breaks down that 49r play that you say Bush messed up on so bad.
    He did his job on the play, sure it would have been nice if he could have shed the blocker and sack the qb, but he was expecting help and it was not there.
    As you said Bush is what he is.
    He has carved himself out an 8 year career by becoming the best at a position(gunner).
    Glad you prosised his work ethic, if all the players that have a ton more god given talent would follow Bush’s lead, The Packers would be a far better team!!!! This is one fan who hopes there is still a year or 2 left for Jarret Bush!!!

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  4. Starr57 says:

    You may want to go to packers.com and cue up the last segment of The Larry McCarren Show, as he actually breaks down that 49r play that you say Bush messed up on so bad.
    He did his job on the play, sure it would have been nice if he could have shed the blocker and sack the qb, but he was expecting help and it was not there.
    As you said Bush is what he is.
    He has carved himself out an 8 year career by becoming the best at a position(gunner).
    Glad you prosised his work ethic, if all the players that have a ton more god given talent would follow Bush’s lead, The Packers would be a far better team!!!! This is one fan who hopes there is still a year or 2 left for Jarret Bush!!!

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