Packers John Kuhn: 2012 Player Evaluation and Report Card

John Kuhn

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+

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  • PatMc

    He is the short yardage guy and the team failed at 3 & 1’s.

    Arod was sacked 51 times and his job was to protect the main man.

    He only had 69 yards rushing.

    He didn’t touch the ball against the 49’ers. The team didn’t win the SB.

    I’d give Kuuuuhhnnn a “C-” at best

    He needs competition

    • Chad Toporski

      According to PFF:

      Among all RBs with at least 25% pass blocking snaps, John Kuhn was 9th (and Alex Green was 7th) in Pass Blocking Efficiency. Kuhn did allow 2 sacks, but to say Rodgers had 51 sacks and it was Kuhn’s job to protect him is misleading.

    • Chad Toporski

      Also, I don’t have the stats compiled for all the games, but through the first 12 weeks:

      – The Packers converted 53.6% of third-and-short (1-3 yards) situations.
      – Of third downs, 34 were pass attempts and 16 were rushing attempts.

      Obviously, John Kuhn wasn’t responsible for all of those attempts, failures, or successes. As before, it’s extremely misleading to throw those broad stats out there and blame one guy.

  • Ron LC

    Not sure what his projected salary is this year, but as a RB he has limited value. His contribution is blocking and ST. Once again do you want to pay $x mil for ST’s. How many can you afford in this day of salary cap? Nothing against him personally but …..!

  • Oppy

    The coaches always say how important Kuhn is to the offense. I suppose they know best, but to my eyes, he’s just slightly better than average FB due to his versatility. I see his grade as a flat C.

    That said, he is severely overpaid, FWIW, and I agree that the money could be better spent elsewhere.

    I’m thinking