23

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

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November

Packers Barclay and McMillian Help Raise $30,000 at Levi’s Challenge

Don Barclay, Mark Mayfield, Jerron McMillian and Levi Biestle

Don Barclay, Mark Mayfield, Jerron McMillian and Levi Biestle

Once again, the Packers community has shown how it rallies around one of its own in need.

Levi Biestle is a 3 1/2 yr old young boy who was involved in a tragic lawn tractor accident. He has had 11 surgeries and three toes and part of a foot amputated. More surgeries will be needed, as will be money to help pay for these medical expenses.  (To read about this in more detail, visit levischallenge.com)

This past Saturday, Packers players Don Barclay, Jerron McMillian and a host of volunteers and local businesses got together to donate their time, money, services and raffle items in a concerted effort to raise money for this young Wisconsinite.

The Newburgh Fire department hosted the event, spearheaded by Wayne Sargent and Steve Tate of the “Ultimate Packer Fan Connection.” There were raffles, auctions, food and beverage sales with all proceeds going to the cause.

LS Limo of Appleton provided free transportation for the players. Mayfield Sports Marketing donated items for the raffles and auctions. Too many others to mention were volunteers that helped run the day-long event.

News of the event was spread via social media by the players, fans and members of the Packers Talk Radio Network and Mayfield Sports Marketing.

But of course, the biggest draw were the appearances by Packers’ players Don Barclay and Jerron McMillian, who both cleared time in their schedules to be there to support the fund raising event.

The players signed items that were then auctioned or raffled off. All event attendees received free autographs from the players, but were encouraged to make a donation if they were able to.

In all, it was a huge success; the day’s events raised close to $30,000 to help Levi and his family with the medical expenses they face.

Many thanks go to all involved, but it was the appearance of the Packers’ players that brought in the masses. The players appeared courtesy of Mayfield Sports Marketing, who has been successfully booking player appearances for fund-raisers and other events throughout Wisconsin.

If you want to make your next event a major success, you can contact Mayfield Sports Marketing here.

14

October

Game Balls and Lame Calls: Packers 19, Ravens 17

Packers running back Eddie Lacy enjoyed his first career 100-yard rushing day against the Baltimore Ravens.

Packers running back Eddie Lacy enjoyed his first career 100-yard rushing day against the Baltimore Ravens.

There was certainly no shortage of adversity in the Packers’ 19-17 win over the Baltimore Ravens.

Coming into the game, the Packers knew they’d be without their top defensive player Clay Matthews, but they didn’t know they’d lose two of their top three receivers (James Jones and Randall Cobb) in the first half. Already challenged by one of the best defensive fronts in football, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers now faced the daunting task of scoring points with inexperienced Jarrett Boykin filing in for Jones and tight end Jermichael Finley filling Cobb’s shoes in the slot.

The offense was far from perfect on the afternoon, as the passing attack struggled to get going until a 64-yard bomb from Rodgers to Jordy Nelson broke the game wide open. If not for a newfound power running game, the shorthanded Packers would have had a very tough time squeaking out with a victory.

Through the first four games, the Packers’ ground game ranked No. 5 in the NFL. Now through five games, the Packers’ running game is one of the strengths of the team.

Eddie Lacy gashed the Ravens for 120 yards–one week after coming one yard shy of the century mark against the Detroit Lions. Lacy’s big day marks the third time in four weeks that the Packers have had a 100-yard rusher.

To go along with the team’s improved running game, Mason Crosby is getting back to his reliable ways after a horrid 2012 season and the defense is coming into its own under the guidance of Dom Capers. Three areas that were seen as glaring question marks coming into the season now look like strengths of the team.

Of course, not everything went smoothly for the Packers. Jerron McMillian was, again, victimized in coverage by the opposing quarterback, John Kuhn cost the Packers great field position by botching a fumble recovery on a blocked punt and, of course, the injury bug has sunk its teeth into the team once again.

Game Balls

Eddie Lacy

29

September

Could the Packers go with Burnett and Banjo at safety?

Chris Banjo's playing time is on the rise, while Jerron McMillian's is declining. Could the Packers pair Banjo with a healthy Morgan Burnett?

Chris Banjo’s playing time is on the rise, while Jerron McMillian’s is declining. Could the Packers pair Banjo with a healthy Morgan Burnett?

Following the Packers’ week two win over Washington, defensive coordinator Dom Capers hinted at a bigger role for undrafted rookie Chris Banjo.

“You could see more and more of Chris Banjo,” Capers said, per Ty Dunne. “I thought he did well. He had one missed tackle one of those long runs, but other than that, I thought he did a nice job. He’s been a physical guy for us there through the preseason.”

And see more and more of Banjo, we did. Banjo was on the field for 54 of 56 snaps last week against the Bengals–more than M.D. Jennings and Jerron McMillian, according to Pro Football Focus.

Banjo’s snap count could very well go down once starter Morgan Burnett returns to the lineup. But from a physical standpoint, pairing Banjo with Burnett may give the Packers their most talented duo on the back end.

If the Packers could pull the best attributes from Jennings and McMillian, they’d have a top-notch player alongside Burnett. But Jennings (6-0 187) is limited as a run defender, and McMillian struggles in coverage.

Banjo, despite only playing 87 snaps on the season, may be the most complete player of the trio.

Jennings is coming off one of his best games as a professional at Cincinnati. He ranks 25th among 8o safeties who have played at least 25 percent of their team’s defensive snaps, per PFF. McMillian had an impressive pass deflection against the Bengals, but his playing time has decreased dramatically since week one.

McMillian played all 81 snaps in the season opener at San Francisco but was on the field for just 14 plays two weeks later at Cincinnati.

After quarterback Aaron Rodgers and linebacker Clay Matthews, Burnett may be the Packers’ toughest player to replace. Burnett isn’t Nick Collins at this point of his career, but there’s a sizable talent gap at safety behind Burnett.

If the trend continues, McMillian could be demoted to Banjo’s role to start the season, which was primarily on special teams. Jennings, barring injury, will continue to see the field in some capacity, while Banjo’s role when Burnett returns remains up in the air.

21

September

Reschedule on Eddie Lacy Helmets

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Packers rookie running back Eddie Lacy was scheduled for his first official autograph signing of helmets and footballs this week. Ironically, because he’s recovering from the concussion he suffered from the helmet-to-helmet hit from Brandon Merriweather, Lacy had to re-schedule.

Lacy, along with Nick Perry and Jerron McMillian, will now be appearing at Waukesha Sportscards on October 1st. If you can’t make it there and would still like to buy a signed item from any of these players, no worries, ALLGBP.com can help you out.

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12

September

Packers Stock Report: Wide Receivers can also be Tough Guys Edition

Randall Cobb showed toughness by fighting for this touchdown.

When you think of tough football players — whether they play for the Packers or not — you probably think of Mike Singletary and his stare, Ray Nitschske and his scowl or Ronnie Lott lopping off part of his finger so he could keep playing.

You probably don’t think of too many wide receivers, especially modern-day receivers with their diva-like tendencies. There’s a couple of Packers wide receivers that are the exception to that rule, though, and should be on any list of tough guys in today’s NFL.

Read this week’s stock report to learn more:

Rising

Jordy Nelson
Randall Cobb
When we talk about the Packers being a tougher, more physical team, I think most of us probably mean that the defense needs to hit harder and the offensive line needs to start pushing people around to get the run game going. We probably don’t put wide receivers into the toughness equation, but we should. Both Nelson and Cobb are coming off injuries and absorbed some wicked hits on Sunday. The kept getting up for more. They completely sold out on every single play and did whatever they could possibly do to punch back at the 49ers defense — the big bully on the block. Cobb and Nelson might not play a position defined by toughness, but they both proved on Sunday that they’re two of the toughest players on the Packers roster.

Ryan Pickett
According to Pro Football Focus, Pickett has three stops on Sunday — solo tackles that resulted in an offensive failure. Frank Gore didn’t have the space he’s used to against the Packers and Big Grease is one of the reasons why. The soon-to-be 34 year old looked as good as he ever has, absorbing double teams, winning the battle when single-blocked, and causing chaos inside.

Steady

Tim Masthay
Ging matched all-world punter Andy Lee punt for punt and even took over kickoff duties. More importantly, Masthay is fearless! He made one tackle on a kick return and nearly had another. I wonder if he can play safety?

Mike Neal
I thought the Neal-as-outside linebacker experiment would be a massive failure, but so far, so good. He’s an anchor on the edge against the run and even got after Colin Kaepernick a few times in the pass rush. He’s nowhere near an adequate complement to Matthews yet, but if he keeps making progress, who knows…

7

August

ALLGBP.COM Interview with Jerron McMillian on No Huddle Radio

Packers Safety Jerron McMillian

Packers Safety Jerron McMillian

oin three of the boys from ALLGBP.com as they talk to Packers Safety, Jerron McMillian on our new show, No Huddle Radio for the Packers Talk Radio Network. Our co-hosts this time around are Jason Perone, Marques Eversoll  and Kris Burke.

After the converstion with Jerron, they also discuss a busy weekend that was in Green Bay. They break down the offensive tackle situation in the wake of Bryan Bulaga’s season-ending ACL injury. Who will step in? What can newly-acquired quarterback Vince Young bring to the team and does this spell the end for either Graham Harrell or B.J. Coleman? And will the Packers finally cut ties with kicker Mason Crosby?

Listen using the player below or download the podcast from the Packers Talk Radio Network on Itunes.

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