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February

John Kuhn Green Bay Packers 2013 Evaluation and Report Card

John Kuhn

John Kuhn

1) Introduction:  Green Bay Packers running back John Kuhn is one of only four current Packers players to have played for another NFL team (Ryan Pickett, St. Louis Rams, Matt Flynn, Seattle Seahawks, Oakland Raiders, Buffalo Bills and Khalil Bell, Chicago Bears).  Kuhn has been a steady presence in the Packers backfield for the past seven seasons and is one of quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ personal favorites on the team.  Kuhn proved very valuable to the Packers in 2013 and has a good chance to be back next season.

2) Profile:

John Allen Kuhn

  • Age: 31
  • Born: 9/9/1982 in Dover, PA
  • Height: 6’0″
  • Weight: 250
  • College: Shippensburg
  • Rookie Year: 2006
  • NFL Experience: 8 years

Career Stats and more

3) Expectations coming into the season:  With a crowded backfield and two rookie draft picks entering training camp, Kuhn’s status on the team was unknown.  With all of that youth came the need for a mentor and steady rock in the backfield and hence, Kuhn remained a Packer.  His role was limited to pass protection and lead blocking moreso than carrying the ball.

4) Player’s highlights/low-lights: One of the reasons the Packers kept Kuhn was for his football intelligence.  Rarely a mental blunder does Kuhn make.  He did have one in particular that he would surely like to forget back in week six against the Baltimore Ravens.  The Packers blocked a punt and in an attempt to recover the ball, Kuhn took a half-hearted swipe at it and allowed a Ravens player to pounce on it and keep a drive alive.  Fortunately the Packers won that game and it didn’t become an infamous mistake.  Kuhn scored his only touchdown of the regular season against his former team, the Pittsburgh Steelers (after which he attempted one of the worst Lambeau Leaps we will likely ever see).  But Kuhn’s biggest highlight of the season came in week 17 late in the game against the Chicago Bears.  On a fourth down play and with the Packers trailing, Kuhn alertly slid over to pick up a free running Bears defensive end Julius Peppers and allowed Rodgers to move out and heave the go-ahead touchdown bomb to Randall Cobb.  That play is the epitome of Kuhn’s career and role in Green Bay:  unsung hero.

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February

Packers John Kuhn: 2012 Player Evaluation and Report Card

1) Introduction: Kuhn was picked up by the Pittsburgh Steelers after he went undrafted in the 2006 NFL Draft. The Packers signed him in 2007, and he’s since become one of the league’s more versatile fullbacks in Green Bay. Fans love to chant “Kuuuuuhn,” and the coaching staff loves calling his number on third-and-short. Fresh off his first Pro Bowl selection in 2011, Kuhn figured to have great year in 2012.

2) Profile:

John Allen Kuhn

  • Age: 30
  • Born: 09/09/1982, in Dover, PA
  • Height: 6’0″
  • Weight: 250
  • College: Shippensburg
  • Rookie Year: 2006
  • NFL Experience: 7 years

 Career stats and more:

3) Expectations coming into the season: As a versatile fullback and the team’s short-yardage specialist, Kuhn is clearly a fan favorite in Green Bay. He’s a terrific pass protector and a hard runner, capable of moving the pile in short-yardage situations. Kuhn had six total touchdowns in 2010 and 2011, and the Packers hoped for similar production in 2012.

4) Player’s highlights/low-lights:  Kuhn’s best game of the season came against the Minnesota Vikings in the wild card round of the playoffs. He gained just four yards on three carries but scored two touchdowns on just five touches. The lowlight of Kuhn’s season was when he was inactive for two straight games—first against the Jacksonville Jaguars and then against the Arizona Cardinals. Also, the handoff to Kuhn from the shotgun didn’t work so well on one yard-to-go situations, either.

5) Player’s contribution to the overall team success:  The team struggled to run the ball effectively for much of the season. But with Kuhn out of the lineup, their struggles were increasingly evident. He gives Aaron Rodgers a certain level of comfort as a pass blocker and does a variety of different things to help the team win. But still, Kuhn’s season total of 63 rushing yards was his lowest since 2009.

6) Player’s contributions in the playoffs:  After finding the endzone just once in the regular season, Kuhn scored a pair of touchdowns in the playoffs against the Minnesota Vikings. He didn’t touch the ball against the 49ers.

Season Report Card:

(C) Level of expectations met during the season

(C) Contributions to team’s overall success.

(B) Contributions to team during the playoffs

Overall Grade: C+