1) Introduction: Since being picked up by the Packers in 2009, the most action ILB Robert Francois has seen was in 2011. He filled in as the right-side starter for three games when both A.J. Hawk and Desmond Bishop were out with injuries. His performance was admirable, snatching a couple interceptions in athletic fashion, but he hasn’t done much since.
Robert Joseph Francois
- Age: 27
- Born: 05/14/1985, in Highlands, TX
- Height: 6’2″
- Weight: 250
- College: Boston College
- Rookie Year: 2009
- NFL Experience: 3 years
3) Expectations coming into the season: Despite the sudden influx of talent at the inside linebacker position, some fans were holding out hope that Robert Francois would be able to build on the limited success from 2011. No one pegged him as starting material, but he could serve as a solid backup in emergency situations and fulfill the needs of the special teams units.
4) Player’s highlights/low-lights: None to speak of, really. His only noticeable low-light was a 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty during the Seattle Seahawks game.
5) Player’s contribution to the overall team success: Robert Francois was a core special teams player this season, which is better than nothing for professional athlete. He didn’t see a single snap on defense, but he did have the second most special teams snaps of all Packers players with 348. (Ryan Taylor led the team with 377.) Francois recorded 13 combined tackles on the season.
6) Player’s contributions in the playoffs: Nothing of note outside of his normal special teams duties.
Season Report Card:
(C-) Level of expectations met during the season
(D+) Contributions to team’s overall success.
(D+) Contributions to team during the playoffs
Overall Grade: D+——————Follow @ChadToporski