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Chris Banjo 2013 Green Bay Packers Evaluation and Report Card

Chris Banjo

Chris Banjo

1) Introduction:  Green Bay Packers safety Chris Banjo was signed as an undrafted free agent who had previously been with the Jacksonville Jaguars.  Banjo made an impression in training camp and earned a roster spot, as seems to be the case each season with the Packers.  Banjo’s strength and ability to lay a big hit stood out and earned him a spot to provide valuable depth at safety and on special teams as more of a regular.

2) Profile:

Chris Banjo

  • Age: 23
  • Born: 2/26/1990 in Sugar Land, TX
  • Height: 5’10″
  • Weight: 207
  • College: Southern Methodist
  • Rookie Year: 2013
  • NFL Experience: 1 year

Career Stats and more

3) Expectations coming into the season:  Banjo was no lock to make the Packers roster and he ended up being the “feel good” story in last year’s training camp, as far as undrafted free agents go.  With the team primarily wanting depth at safety and a special teams regular, Banjo was expected to be a role player and spend most of his rookie season learning the nuances of the defense.

4) Player’s highlights/low-lights: Banjo played on only 24% of the Packers’ defensive snaps with his most coming in week three against the Cincinnati Bengals.  Banjo was nothing special at safety this season, neither making any type of play nor giving up a big one either.  The Bengals game was a function of Burnett’s injury and McMillian’s regression.  Most of Banjo’s work was done on special teams.

5) Player’s contribution to the overall team success:  While Banjo was a good success story coming out of training camp, he was not a real contributor to the Packers defense this season.  With safety being a big need this offseason and with the successful return of Sean Richardson, Banjo could be one and done in Green Bay.

6) Player’s contributions in the playoffs:  N/A

Season Report Card:

(C) Level of expectations met during the season

(D+) Contributions to team’s overall success.

N/A Contributions to team during the playoffs

Overall Grade:  C-

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