Packers Alex Green: 2012 Player Evaluation and Report Card

1) Introduction:  The Packers selected Green in the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft. Green attended the University of Hawaii after transferring from Butte College—the same school Aaron Rodgers attended before transferring to the University of California. As a rookie, Green was in line for an expanded role within the offense before a torn ACL ended his season early. Coming off major knee surgery, it was unknown how much of an impact Green would have this season.

2) Profile:

Alexander Denell Green

  • Age: 24
  • Born: 06/23/1988, in Portland, OR
  • Height: 6’0″
  • Weight: 225
  • College: Hawaii
  • Rookie Year: 2011
  • NFL Experience: 2 years

 Career stats and more:

3) Expectations coming into the season:  Green suffered a torn ACL Oct. 23 of last season, and he was back on the field for the team’s preseason opener on August 8. He started the preseason behind James Starks on the depth chart. And when Cedric Benson signed with the team, Green fell behind him as well.

4) Player’s highlights/low-lights:  Green played well replacing Benson after his injury against the Indianapolis Colts. He finished with 61 yards on ten carries, thanks primarily to a 41-yard burst in the fourth quarter. When DuJuan Harris emerged as the clear-cut No. 1 back, Green’s role within the offense was essentially eliminated.

5) Player’s contribution to the overall team success:  When Cedric Benson suffered a foot injury Oct. 7, Green assumed the role as the team’s starting running back. He started the ensuing three games but failed to run away with the job. James Starks and DuJuan Harris each took a turn as the team’s feature back.

6) Player’s contributions in the playoffs:  Green was active for the Minnesota Vikings game and inactive for the divisional round contest against the San Francisco 49ers. He didn’t touch the ball in the postseason.

Season Report Card:

(B-) Level of expectations met during the season

(C-) Contributions to team’s overall success.

(F) Contributions to team during the playoffs

Overall Grade: C-


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10 thoughts on “Packers Alex Green: 2012 Player Evaluation and Report Card

  1. Let’s hope Alex Green get’s healthy and wiser during the off-season. He was suppossed to be the 3rd down back. Let him compete in the next camp – and see how he does.

    Grade is fair.

  2. To put it simply – disapointed very disapointed! Reminds me of a pinball bouncing off the bumpers. “Run To Daylight” he can’t. Can it be taught? It certainly isn’t instinct with him.

        1. oh – and add harris (aka gado) and dj smith.

          losing any one of those guys would not mean much. time to find upgrades.

        2. Just bewildered that you claim certain players will “never” be good based on such little you’ve seen of them. I get Finley and Raji… but a lot of those other guys are rookies or haven’t seen much playing time due to injury. If teams gave up on people as quickly as you did, there would be a lot of great players who never got a chance.

          1. as a first round pick, sherrod couldn’t beat out newhouse or lang… enough said.

            perry wants no business playing OLB. he plays and looks like he doesn’t care.

            manning was a 5th rd pick for a reason. yeah – he was sick to start the year but to not even see the field when hawk and jones are the only guys in front of you is pretty telling.

            green has zero awareness. he just runs right up the backs of people. couldn’t find a hole if his life depended on it.

            they haven’t had an opportunity to shown a lot… but they’ve shown enough.

            1. Sherrod was miscast as a LG. By the time Sherrod was ready for a bigger role, he was injured. Way too early.

              Perry was 270 at the combine and played DE his entire college career, not surprising he wanted to play DE in the NFL, it what he was comfortable with and knew. Almost all 34 OLB play DE in college. WOuld like to see more “fire” from him, so I agree w/ that.

              Manning lost 20 lbs of muscle due the illness, you don’t gain that back in 6 months. He would have been more like a 3rd rd pick if not for some injury concerns. Thompson doesn’t trade up for stiffs!

              Green was coming off an ACL, most not named Peterson return from that and are nearly as good the following year. We’ll see how he does now that he has gained more confidence in the knee and regained lost explosiveness (the last thing you get back after an ACL).

              WAY to early to call any of them busts! Glad your not the GM. I guess you haven’t heard of the develop part of draft and develop!!

  3. i think Green still has potential as a situational,third down type of back. however ,I don’t see him as an every down type of player. Has ability in screen game.

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