1) Introduction: When Perry was selected in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft, he was expected to take some pressure off of Clay Matthews as far as generating a pass rush. Unfortunately, a wrist injury derailed his rookie season and found himself on injured reserve in early November. Expectations were high once again for Perry entering his sophomore season, but once again injuries were the name of the game. Perry missed significant time for the second consecutive season, raising questions about his long-term viability with the Packers
2) Profile: Nick Perry
- Age: 23
- Born: 04/12/1990 in Detroit, MI
- Height: 6’3″
- Weight: 265
- College: USC
- Rookie Year: 2012
- NFL Experience: 2 years
- Career Stats and more
3) Expectations coming into the season: Finally healthy again, Perry was expected to rebound and build on some early season successes as a rookie. His bone jarring hit on Colts quarterback Andrew Luck in 2012 had Packers fans salivating at what he could potentially become. He showed decent ability in coverage, but Green Bay took him for his speed and pass rushing ability. A higher sack total was in order for Perry along with continuing to adjust to playing as a 3-4 linebacker after playing as a 4-3 defensive end at USC.
4) Player’s highlights/low-lights: The biggest highlight for Perry was his two-sack performance at home against the Detroit Lions in Week 5. He had only two sacks for his entire rookie campaign and his two sacks of Matthew Stafford in that game gave Green Bay the edge and got the team’s record back to .500 after some early season struggles. His low-light was that he once again battled injuries, this time with a broken foot. Perry missed five games this year and is becoming yet another injury concern for a team that every season seems to face multiple critical injuries.
5) Player’s contribution to the overall team success: Perry was part of a linebacker unit that failed to meet expectations this year, mainly due to injuries. Perry’s injury didn’t help but it was really Clay Matthews’ twice broken thumb that really doomed the unit. Perry hasn’t yet truly emerged as the Robin to Matthews’ Batman, but he showed progress in the 11 games he played this year.