Letroy Guion 2014 Report Card – Packers Player Grades

Green Bay Packers Report Cards, Player Grades
Packers DL Letroy Guion
Packers DL Letroy Guion

1) Introduction: Usually, it’s the Vikings who end up signing ex-Packers players once their time in the green and gold is up. Last offseason, the Packers decided to see what might happen if they signed a Vikings player. After a rough start, Letroy Guion came around and ended up being more than just another body to throw inside.

2) Profile:

Letroy Guion

  • Age: 27
  • Born: 6/21/1987 in Starke, FL
  • Height: 6’4″
  • Weight: 315
  • College: Florida St.
  • Rookie Year: 2008
  • NFL Experience: 7 years

Career Stats and more

3) Expectations coming into the season:  Athletic depth up front. The Packers were moving B.J. Raji back to nose tackle full time. Guion was supposed to back him up and possibly provide a little bit of athleticism inside, when necessary. Guion ended up in the starting lineup after Raji’s injury and played much better than your typical backup.

4) Player’s highlights/low-lights: Guion looked like a complete disaster early on. He missed most of training camp with an injury, then got mauled in week one against Seattle. “Here we go again,” most Packers fans thought. “Another season of having to watch a swiss-cheese defense.” But as September became October and October turned to November, Guion got better. He was adequate against the run and provided the athleticism rushing the quarterback the Packers hoped for when they signed him.

5) Player’s contribution to the overall team success: I credit the majority of the Packers’ improvement on run defense to moving Clay Matthews inside, but Guion deserves credit as well. According to Pro Football Focus, Guion’s total run grade was a paltry negative-10.1, but he had a stretch in the middle of the season — right when the Packers turned their run defense around — where he was very effective against the run.

6) Player’s contributions in the playoffs: Guion didn’t do much in the playoffs. Perhaps playing full time for 16 regular season games wore him down?

7) Intangibles: Guion had some of the smoothest dance moves during sack celebrations I have ever seen. Aaron Rodgers also was quite fond of Guion, even going so far as to call him one of his favorite teammates. Here’s hoping Guion keeps on dancing in a Packers uniform next season.

Season Report Card (Player Grades):

(B+) Level of expectations met during the season

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

(D) Contributions to team during the playoffs

Overall Grade:  B-

ADDENDUM: The report card you just read was written before Guion got arrested in Florida with nearly a pound of marijuana, over $190,000 in cash and a gun. Not a smart move for a guy who has been publicly praised by Rodgers and was possibly on the verge of a multi-year contract. His time in Green Bay may very well be over now. Then again, if the Packers are thin up front as training camp approaches, the price to re-sign Guion just got a whole lot lower…


Adam Czech is a a freelance sports reporter living in the Twin Cities and a proud supporter of American corn farmers. When not working, Adam is usually writing about, thinking about or worrying about the Packers. Follow Adam on Twitter. Twitter .


9 thoughts on “Letroy Guion 2014 Report Card – Packers Player Grades

  1. Packers have given second chances to other players so maybe he gets some help with the pot problem and gets straightened out with the law..who knows he could be back and like you said his price tag just went way down.

  2. The Letroy’s price… That was my first thought when I heard he was arrested and why….

    1. I think Guion’s legal troubles are not as bad as some have suggested. But I never practiced Criminal Law, and never in Florida. IF he has a clean record, some county jail time is not that unlikely. He even might get just probation, though I would doubt that. It depends on whether he can prove that not only the source of the money is clean, but it might help if he can show a previous pattern of distributing cash to his relatives during the off-season. If GB takes a DL high in the draft, it won’t matter as Guion will be out of GB’s plans, and might be even if they don’t.

  3. Whatever grades Guion got from PFF for his first 2 or 3 games should be excluded since he was not yet in football shape. I fully believe that GB did not let him practice because they intended to put him on PUP. Remember that he miraculously was able to start practicing immediately after Raji got hurt?

    My own belief is that Guion was either not going to make the team at all last year or was going on PUP. Instead, he was GB’s starting NT. That said, he was a somewhat below average starting NT who should have been used as part of a rotation and in certain situations but was forced to play full time. I realize that GB reportedly was in contract negotiations with Guion, but I wonder if he would have made the team next year anyway, if Raji re-signs. GB is looking at Daniels, Raji, Datone, Boyd as locks. I doubt TT gives up on Thornton. That’s 5. Guion, Pennel, Luther Robinson, and a draft pick probably fight for the last roster spot, since GB usually keeps 6 DL. It would not surprise me if GB takes a DL in the 1st round, particularly if this Phillips kid from Oklahoma slides to #30. Well, the draft can be discussed later!

    1. Good post Reynoldo. In addition to everything you mentioned in your post his legal troubles will not help him either. He is most likely done in GB. If we can get a player like Philips in the draft I’d be fine to see Guion gone. Thanks, Since ’61

  4. As we all scratch our heads in wonder at the STUPIDTY of carrying a pound of weed, nearly $200K, and a gun, AND then firing up in the car…

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