1) Introduction: Packers safety Jerron McMillian entered his second season with high hopes of taking hold of the team’s second starting safety spot opposite Morgan Burnett. The team also apparently had those same hopes, as general manager Ted Thompson chose not to address the safety position in the draft nor in free agency. After a rookie season in which McMillian flashed some potential in both run support and pass coverage, he severely regressed in 2013. He was beaten out for the starting safety spot by M.D. Jennings and relegated to special teams duty by mid season. McMillian was cut in early December for his subpar play and reportedly clashing with some of the coaching staff.
- Age: 24
- Born: 4/2/1989 in Newark, NJ
- Height: 5’11″
- Weight: 203
- College: Maine
- Rookie Year: 2012
- NFL Experience: 2 years
3) Expectations coming into the season: It would seem that McMillian was the primary reason why Thompson felt he could address other positions during last year’s offseason. After spending a fourth round draft pick and seeing what McMillian could do in 2012, the team wanted him to win the starting spot over M.D. Jennings and become a regular contributor in the secondary. They were also hoping that McMillian would continue to progress in his development and flourish in both base and nickel packages.
4) Player’s highlights/low-lights: McMillian did start at safety to open the season but only because of an injury to Burnett, who wasn’t healthy enough to play. McMillian missed four tackles in the week one loss to the San Francisco 49ers. By week three, the Packers had likely already seen enough to know that they had probably misjudged McMillian’s abilities. They benched him in favor of undrafted and unproven rookie Chris Banjo. During the week six game at Baltimore, McMillian had his worst showing of the year by allowing two straight long pass plays, one of which went for a score and kept the Ravens in that game. By week seven, McMillian was relegated to special teams duty. In early December, McMillian’s true low-light came when the team decided to release him.
5) Player’s contribution to the overall team success: Simply stated, McMillian contributed nothing to this year’s Packers team and was easily the most disappointing story in 2013, given what was expected and hoped for.
6) Player’s contributions in the playoffs: N/A