It’s time to bring back the Packers stock report.
I’m back in my blogging chair after spending three booze-fueled days and nights in Madison, Wis. I gained about 10 pounds and reduced the functionality of my liver by about 7 percent. A typical weekend in Madison.
The only way to get my body back to where it was pre-Madison is to type a couple hundred words about the Packers. For the first Packers stock report of the 2012 season, I’m going to focus on players who entered training camp on the roster bubble. There will be plenty of stock reports dedicated to guys like Aaron Rodgers and Charles Woodson during the season, but for now, let’s focus on the guys who may or may not make the team.
The buzz about Moses grew louder during OTAs and he’s lived up to that hype during training camp. Perhaps hype is a poor word choice. I don’t think anyone is expecting Moses to come in and be an All-Pro. But he looks like a wild-card type of player, someone that could show flashes of brilliance and deliver production from a roster spot that you originally didn’t think would yield much of anything. Whichever word you want to use, Moses is definitely rising.
You’re probably saying to yourself, “Wait a minute. I thought you said this stock report was only going to be about players on the roster bubble.” Why yes, I did say that. And Driver was definitely on the bubble before camp. I have no doubts about that. I also have no doubts that Driver has played well enough to secure a spot on the Packers roster. That makes him rising in my book.
We haven’t heard all that much about Lattimore, but in the film I’ve watched of his preseason, I like what I see out of him in pass coverage. I like D.J. Smith, but I can see him getting overwhelmed in pass coverage. Lattimore gets good depth on his drops and looks fluid when running in coverage down the middle of the field.
There is no steady category when we’re talking about players that may or may not make the team. You’re either rising (making the team), or falling (on your way out the door).
And we had such high hopes. This made so much sense when I wrote it a couple months ago. Not any more. Gurley was injured early in camp and has looked a little too slow when he’s been healthy. It’s a small sample size, but I’ve seen nothing to convince me that Gurley deserves a spot at WR over Driver.
Talk about the opportunity of a lifetime. With Gurley out, Borel had a chance to shine in the Packers first preseason game. Instead he fumbled early and has never got back on track. I’d be curious to see if Borel could develop if given a couple of years on an active roster. Curious enough to keep him over Driver? No.
It was a good run while it lasted, Vic. We enjoyed the way you burst onto the scene last offseason and we enjoyed figuring out how to pronounce your weird name. But I think your run is over. Moses is the new rising undrafted LB and you never gave the Packers much of a reason to keep you around after you turned so many heads last preseason. Maybe the Packers can sneak you onto the practice squad and you’ll get another shot, but I doubt it. Best of luck to you, Vic. We wanted to call out your name on Sundays, but it just didn’t work out.
Harrell has been bad. Very bad. Bad enough to give up a draft pick for some other washed up retread second-string QB? No. Unless it’s a conditional 7th-rounder, I’m fine if the Packers stick with Harrell instead of giving up a potential future asset for a player that likely never will be much of an asset. And if anyone brings up Vince Young’s name in the comments section, you will be sentenced to life in commenter prison with no possibility of parole.
(I put Harrell in his own category because I wanted to only use the falling category only for players who I think will be cut.)——————