1) Introduction: As the “other” outside linebacker from Middle Tennessee State (Erik Walden) on the Packers roster, Jamari Lattimore was perhaps the polar opposite of Vic So’oto. While So’oto was more powerful that quick, Lattimore was more quick than powerful. While So’oto exploded onto the scene during the preseason, Lattimore remained relatively unknown. But perhaps more importantly during the regular season, when So’oto was inactive, it was Lattimore who had taken his spot.
Weight: 230 lbs.
3) Expectations coming into the season for that player: Next to nothing; Lattimore hadn’t shown much during the preseason and many were surprised that he made the team at all. Lattimore was probably retained due to his special teams potential, which requires speed and agility over power.
4) Player’s highlights/low-lights: Highlights include 2 special teams tackles in the game against the Chicago Bears during week 3, which is the only time he posted more than one tackle in a game (which ended up being 4 total for the season). Lowlights would probably be during the preseason where more powerful offensive linemen and tight ends consistently outmatched Lattimore; in particular Arizona tight end Jim Dray pancaked Lattimore on one play.
5) Player’s contribution to the overall team success: Surprisingly high; considering he lacks the power or experience of an 3-4 linebacker, it’s surprising that Lattimore even made the team, but once on the roster he was active for 9 games and became a welcomed addition to the special teams unit
6) Player’s contributions in the playoffs: Next to nothing; Lattimore was active and part of the special teams unit during the game against the Giants but did not record a tackle and did not see any time on the regular defense.
Season Report Card:
(C+) Level of expectations met during the season
(C-) Contributions to team’s overall success
(C-) Player’s contributions in the playoffs
Overall Grade for the year: C-