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February

John Kuhn: 2011 Green Bay Packers Player Evaluation and Report Card

Packers Fullback John Kuhn

John Kuhn

1) Introduction: One of the more popular players on the team, Kuhn went from being a record-breaker at Shippensburg to an Arena League draft pick to folk hero at the NFL’s most storied franchise. Needless to say, it’s been a long and winding journey for Kuhn to get where he’s at today. Now, 70,000 plus at Lambeau Field yell “Kuhnnnnnnnnnnnn” in unison when the 250-pound fullback gets a touch or the Packers get near the goal line.

 

2) Profile:

John Allen Kuhn

Position: FB
Height: 6-0
Weight: 250 lbs.
AGE: 29

Career Stats

 

3) Expectations coming into the season: A year after the Packers asked Kuhn to be a full-time ball carrier to cover for injuries, Kuhn was back in his role as the leading full back in 2011. His role in that position was fortified when the Packers re-signed Kuhn while letting Korey Hall walk before the season and trading Quinn Johnson during the final cut-down day. The three-headed fullback monster that once was quickly became just Kuhn. The Packers were also expected to lean on Kuhn in third down situations after Brandon Jackson left Green Bay for Cleveland.

4) Player’s highlights/low-lights: Kuhn had over 200 fewer rushing yards (281 in 2010 to 78), a worse rushing average (3.3 to 2.6) and 20 fewer receiving yards (97 to 77) this season but was still elected as the NFC’s Pro Bowl fullback. Name recognition and touchdowns will do that for a fullback, as Kuhn scored seven times (four rushing, three receiving) and was popular at home and on the road. The Packers routinely used Kuhn in short-yard and goal line situations despite everyone on the field knowing who the football was going to. It cost Kuhn and the Packers on a couple of occasions, but he normally got the job done. His top rushing total came against Oakland, when he carried the ball 10 times for 46 yards. In the Packers’ playoff game, Kuhn lost his first fumble of the season and ended up hurting his MCL, an injury that kept him out of the Pro Bowl.