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Jake Stoneburner Green Bay Packers 2013 Evaluation and Report Card

1) Introduction:  As one of the bigger name rookie free agents that Ted Thompson managed to sign this offseason, Stoneburner was expected to be another “diamond in the rough” for the Packers.  A productive player at Ohio State, Stoneburner bounced back from wide receiver to tight end during his career and made most of his highlights not with his blazing speed or freak of nature measurables but with his soft hands and penchant for getting into the endzone.  Stoneburner declared for the NFL after gaining a paltry 714 yards in 53 games but with an astounding 13 touchdown receptions.

2) Profile:

Jake Stoneburner

  • Age: 24
  • Born: 9/9/1989 in Dublin, OH
  • Height: 6’3″
  • Weight: 249
  • College: Ohio State
  • Rookie Year: 2013
  • NFL Experience: Rookie

Career Stats and more

3) Expectations coming into the season:  Low.  After being cut by the Packers at the 53-man roster deadline, Stoneburner was quickly resigned to the practice squad, where he would spend the first 6 weeks of the season.  The Packers activated Stoneburner after putting Randall Cobb and Greg Van Roten on IR, but Stoneburner would only see the field infrequently; he only recorded 9 snaps during the regular season with no more than 2 in any game and did not record any meaningful statistics including receiving or blocking.  Most practice squad/rookie free agents make their pay on special teams and ironically Stoneburner was even worse in that regard, recording 2 tackles and one assisted tackle, but also drawing two penalties and a missed tackle.

4) Player’s highlights/low-lights: None of either sort; Stoneburner was obviously not ready to be even an auxiliary contributor on the Packers offense and the Packers used him in the definition of “sparingly”.  Missed tackles and penalties on special teams are likely due to the nature of playing special teams (special teams ace and veteran Jarrett Bush also had two penalties) and overall inexperience playing on special teams (which is usually the case with more successful college players), so Stoneburner can be given a pass on that regard.

5) Player’s contribution to the overall team success:  None.  Stoneburner was a injury replacement that apparently wasn’t ready to play in the NFL, which isn’t to say that Stoneburner can’t be a productive player in the future, only at the present he’s not ready yet.  So while he does get a failing grade this season, considering the situation he was put in and his overall experience in the NFL, it should not be used as an indication of his future with the Packers or in the NFL.

6) Player’s contributions in the playoffs: Stoneburner played exactly one snap on offense against the 49ers in the wildcard round of the playoffs and did not record a reception, block or any other meaningful statistic.

Season Report Card:

(F) Level of expectations met during the season

(F) Contributions to team’s overall success.

(F) Contributions to team during the playoffs

Overall Grade:  F

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Thomas Hobbes is a staff writer for Jersey Al’s AllGreenBayPackers.com.

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8 Responses to “Jake Stoneburner Green Bay Packers 2013 Evaluation and Report Card”

  1. tim says:

    Nowhere to go but up.

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  2. starr57 says:

    Another case of a”draft and develope” (only in Jake’s case “sign and dvelope”)player who , due to injuries, was forced to play to soon.

    Mr. Hobbes gets it right, yet some of the “posting football geniuses have already wrote him off as a failure.

    It’s amazing the expectations some fans have for EVERY player brought into the organization.

    Ted has already signed a FA TE and will probably either draft and/or bring in 2 more to compete in Spring training.

    I think I will wait until the final 53 man roster is finalized in 2014 to see if Stoneburner is still around.

    I am betting on yes.

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  3. Lefty says:

    13 TD’s in 53 games = about 1 in 4. Astounding! One of the bigger free agent names? With 714 yards receiving in 4 years? Wow…

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    • Thomas Hobbes Thomas Hobbes says:

      Stoneburner was definitely the biggest undrafted rookie free agent last year. You can argue that Thompson didn’t really sign anyone all that interesting but Stoneburner was definitely the headline of the class.

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  4. Travis says:

    Stoneburner may deserve an “F” for performance, but should get an “A” for a cool name.

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  5. funcrusher says:

    He did have a pretty awesome touchdown catch from BJ Coleman, in preseason. But it was only preseason.

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