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Terrell Manning
Terrell Manning

1) Introduction: Terrell Manning was selected in the fifth round (pick 163) of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers. He was considered by some to be a bit of a sleeper pick with hidden potential. Unfortunately, he suffered a major setback during training camp when a stomach parasite caused colitis. Not only did it hinder his development and training, but he also lost 15 pounds in the process.

2) Profile:

Terrell Manning

  • Age: 22
  • Born: 04/16/1990, in Laurinburg, NC
  • Height: 6’2″
  • Weight: 237
  • College: North Carolina State
  • Rookie Year: 2012
  • NFL Experience: 0 years

Career Stats and more

3) Expectations coming into the season: While we sometimes put too much stock into the immediate impact a draft pick will have, there was reason to expect more from Terrell Manning. As a fifth round pick, he was at least expected to contribute heavily on special teams while learning the finer points of his primary linebacker position. Being a draft pick doesn’t guarantee a roster spot, but it’s good bet with Ted Thompson as GM.

4) Player’s highlights/low-lights: Even though it might not really count in this category, Terrell Manning’s low-light of the season was training camp. His unlucky stomach parasite destroyed whatever chances he had at really being a competitor at inside linebacker. Manning also suffered a nerve injury in his shoulder during the regular season.

5) Player’s contribution to the overall team success: Terrell Manning played zero snaps on defense, and his special teams snaps only add up to a paltry 44. And 39 of those snaps came in the two postseason games. While it might be a sign that he’s starting to recover, it could also just be a sign of the Packers not having many other alternatives in light of injuries.

6) Player’s contributions in the playoffs: See above. He made his biggest impact in the postseason, though that’s not really saying much. As a final thought to just put out there, it’s tough to give Terrell Manning any reasonable grade for the year. The Packers weren’t really in a position to cut him and hope they could stash him on the practice squad for the future.


Season Report Card:

(N/A) Level of expectations met during the season

(N/A) Contributions to team’s overall success.

(D+) Contributions to team during the playoffs

Overall Grade: (INCOMPLETE)


Chad Toporski, a Wisconsin native and current Pittsburgh resident, is a writer for You can follow Chad on twitter at @ChadToporski


10 thoughts on “Packers Terrell Manning: 2012 Player Evaluation and Report Card

  1. Agree kinda hard to grade him in the reg season. Probably an incomplete due to the sickness and not being able to be at full strength. Great that he got the game ball for the postseason game.

    Looking forward to seeing what he can do next year. Hope he becomes the starter along w/ Bishop! Love his upside…

  2. I know the grades are for this past season, but Manning is one of the players I look forward to seeing most next. If Bishop can come back and play like he did in 2011 or at least close, move him to Hawks spot, then take Manning and put him Bishops spot, the Packers would have something in the middle they haven’t had in years. Manning s much faster and quicker than either Bishop and Hawk AND a excellent blitzer. I believe that Manning can fill the hole in the middle and let the Packers draft a player like John Jenkins out of Georgia to play nose tackle. Then we just may have something.

  3. From my view point, he plays out-of-control. Too many mistakes! However, I like the aggressiveness. If they can harness that, who knows?

    1. What do you base that on? Certainly wasn’t any plsy w packers. Even if he id like that then you are asking him not to be aggressive like Hawk? IMO we need aggressive and physical LB play!

        1. You said Manning plays out of control? What do you base that on? He didn’t play any snaps on D all year and his limited ST play earned him a game ball in the playoffs. What do you base your saying he is too out of control and and too many mistakes on?

          Its conjecture at best. There is absolutely nothing to base that on!

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