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January

Jerron McMillian 2013 Green Bay Packers Evaluation and Report Card

Jerron McMillian

Jerron McMillian

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.

2) Profile:

Jerron McMillian

  • Age: 24
  • Born: 4/2/1989 in Newark, NJ
  • Height: 5’11″
  • Weight: 203
  • College: Maine
  • Rookie Year: 2012
  • NFL Experience: 2 years

Career Stats and more

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

10

February

Jerron McMillian: 2012 Green Bay Packers Evaluation and Report Card

Jerron McMillian

Jerron McMillian

1) Introduction:  Packers safety Jerron McMillian was the second of Green Bay’s two fourth round draft picks in 2012 (133rd overall).  When the team lost safety Nick Collins in 2011, it quickly became a position of need for the Packers.  Charles Woodson would move back to safety, but the team needed some young talent to infuse for the future.  Enter McMillian who, much like Collins, was a Packers draft pick from a small school and a guy the team was hoping was a diamond in the rough.  McMillian was drafted for his football smarts and ability to be equally as effective against the pass and in run support.

2) Profile:

Jerron McMillian

  • Age: 23
  • Born: 4/2/1989 in Newark, NJ
  • Height: 5’11″
  • Weight: 203
  • College: Maine
  • Rookie Year: 2012
  • NFL Experience: 1 year

Career Stats and more

3) Expectations coming into the season:  The team knew they had both Woodson and Morgan Burnett as starters at safety so McMillian was not immediately expected to start.  Heading into training camp, the team likely wasn’t sure what they had in the rookie from Maine.  He proved a quick study and was sharing reps with M.D. Jennings on second team defense during the offseason.  By the end of training camp, the team had already inserted McMillian into the defensive game planning for the upcoming regular season.

4) Player’s highlights/low-lights: McMillian’s highlights came early in the 2012 season.  He put together his two best weeks back-to-back in weeks two and three.  He scored well in both, according to Pro Football Focus.  He showed great run support ability in the week two win over the Chicago Bears.  In week three at Seattle, McMillian had what would have been a likely “dagger” interception late in the game, but the play was nullified due to a penalty.  Despite how that game ended, McMillian put together another strong performance and was already paying dividends for the Packers having taken him earlier than most teams would have.  McMillian trailed off a bit, however and put up his two worst games against the Minnesota Vikings.  Having been solid in run support, McMillian struggled along with the rest of the defense in containing Adrian Peterson.  Peterson is a special back and can make the best of them look foolish trying to tackle him.  Hopefully McMillian learns from the experience and the film during the offseason.