1.)Introduction: He may not be a folk hero like fellow fullback John “Kuuuuuuuuhn” Kuhn, but Quinn Johnson is no small guy. Drafted in the fifth round by the Green Bay Packers in 2009 out of LSU, Johnson is a beast of a man and has been a key part of bolstering the Packers’ rushing attack. While he may not be a touchdown machine near the goal line like Kuhn, Johnson took his blocking role seriously even though he was only active for 11 games this season.
Quinn Marcus Johnson
Height: 6-0 Weight: 251 lbs.
Weighted Career AV (100-95-…): 0 (14365th overall since 1950)
3.) Expectations entering the 2010 season: For Johnson, there were very few expectations placed on his shoulders. With the Packers running an offense that does not feature the fullback very often, Johnson and the others played the role of lead blocker for the running back, whether it was Ryan Grant, Brandon Jackson or James Starks.
The mission for Johnson in 2010 was simple: make your blocks and help open lanes for the running backs.
4.)Player’s highlights/lowlights: Basically Non -existent. Johnson only started four games this year and with no rushes and only 3 catches for 26 yards to his credit, it’s hard to find any noticeable ups and downs for a player.
Still, with the Packers lacking a rushing attack for the majority of the 2010 season, some of that can be thrown on Johnson, I suppose. Holes were not being opened up and all the blockers share some responsibility. Johnson was definitely part of that group.
On the plus side though, Johnson helped anchor a backfield that allowed James Starks to set a Packers rookie playoff rushing record in the Wild Card game against the Philadelphia Eagles. That helped serve notice that the Packers were close to achieving offensive balance and put the Falcons on notice for the next week (not that it helped).
5.) Player’s contribution to the team’s overall success: Again, when you are only active 11 games and start four of those, it’s hard to make a significant on-field impact. Johnson was inactive for the Super Bowl.
Johnson’s absence though was often telling. Without him in the lineup it became obvious that the Packers weren’t game planning to be run heavy and/or that they weren’t planning to utilize the I-formation that much.
The Packers obviously tried playing to Johnson’s strengths and they believe they found those in the I-formation and similar sets.
6.) Contributions during the team’s season-ending six-game run: The big game was the aforementioned Wild Card against the Eagles. While he was not heard from again for the remainder of the postseason, Johnson and company served notice and helped Starks become more than just a folk legend in Green Bay.
With Kuhn and Korey Hall already established, Johnson may face an uphill climb to make the team in 2011, unless one of those two are not re-signed. He obviously has the body for the position. The question is whether or not he will get his shot with the Packers.
Season Report Card:
Level of expectations met during the season (D)
Contributions to the team’s overall success (C)
Contribution during the team’s successful playoff run (Incomplete)
Overall grade C-——————
Kris Burke is a sports writer covering the Green Bay Packers for AllGreenBayPackers.com and WTMJ in Milwaukee. He is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA) and his work has been linked to by sites such as National Football Post and CBSSports.com. Follow @KrisLBurke