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with head coach Mike McCarthy. They’ve lost six of their last eight Eric Tomlinson Jerseys 2019 , but were able to turn the Falcons aside 34-20 two weeks ago.QuarterbacksAaron Rodgers is still regarded as one of the all-time greats but he’s been forced to battle this year as the team crumbled around him. Even so, he set an NFL record by throwing over 400 passes without an interception. Although the Packers lost most of those games, it doesn’t bode well for a Jets team that has been so reliant on defensive turnovers.For a while, it looked like Rodgers might not play on Sunday, but it’s since been confirmed that he will.Rodgers is backed up by DeShone Kizer, who the Packers traded for in the offseason. Kizer, who started against the Jets in Cleveland last year, has only thrown seven passes this season.Offensive LineThe Packers have good experience at the tackle positions with David Bakhtiari and Bryan Bulaga both excellent in pass protection. Bulaga missed the last couple of games and Jason Spriggs (seven penalties in six games) had been struggling in his place, but Spriggs has a concussion now anyway while Bulaga is healthy again.Corey Linsley provides a veteran anchor at center, but guards Lane Taylor and Lucas Patrick have struggled. Taylor, who signed a three-year extension last season, has given up a team-high eight sacks.Veteran Bryon Bell had started nine games but is now on injured reserve so the main back-up is now Justin McCray. McCray started the first three games but has only started one since then.Running BacksAaron Jones, the team’s leading rusher with 728 yards and eight touchdowns, is now on injured reserve and the team had already traded Ty Montgomery, so Jamaal Williams is the starter now. He rushed for 55 yards and a touchdown against the Bears last week, but has only averaged 3.7 yards per carry.The Packers just claimed Kapri Bibbs off waivers to back up Williams. Dan Vitale is the fullback, but doesn’t feature much.Pass catchersRandall Cobb has been ruled out for Sunday so Davante Adams is the only veteran wide receiver that will suit up for Green Bay. Adams was the only Packer other than Rodgers to make it to the pro bowl as he has 100 catches, over 1 White Darryl Roberts Jerseys ,300 yards and 12 touchdowns.A quartet of rookies round out this group: Marques Valdez-Scandling, Equanimeous St. Brown, J’Mon Moore and Allen Lazard. Valdez-Scandling has 30 catches and St. Brown has 16, as both have shown some big play potential.At tight end, Jimmy Graham has 49 catches but just two touchdowns as his Packers tenure has been a let-down overall. Lance Kendricks and Marcedes Lewis provide experience off the bench.Defensive LineWhile the Packers’ defensive line lost Muhammad Wilkerson and Mike Daniels for the season, youngster Kenny Clark has been a revelation. He has six sacks and has been excellent against the run. Unfortunately for the Packers, he can’t play on Sunday, so they’ll trot out an inexperienced group.Dean Lowry has been starting at the other end position, with undrafted rookie Tyler Lancaster at nose tackle. Youngster Montravius Adams, who has been in a rotational role all year, might get his first start of the year.Rookie James Looney has only played one snap so far this season, so he might get more reps too.LinebackersThe Packers’ linebacker corps has also been decimated by injury with Nick Perry and Jake Ryan both on injured reserve.Clay Matthews is the Packers’ biggest star off the edge, but Kyler Fackrell has been making all the headlines. He’s having a breakout year with a team-high 8.5 sacks, including three of Josh Allen in a September win over the Bills.At inside linebacker, Blake Martinez leads the team in tackles and has also added four sacks. Antonio Morrison is listed as the other starter but hasn’t been playing much in recent games.Reggie Gilbert is the only veteran listed as a back-up. He’s been productive in limited action with 33 tackles and 2.5 sacks. Three rookies, including the promising Oren Burks round out this group.Defensive BacksTwo rookies start at cornerback for the Packers with Jaire Alexander having more impressive than Josh Jackson so far. Alexander leads the team with 11 passes defensed while Jackson has a team-high seven penalties.When the Packers traded pro bowler Ha Ha Clinton-Dix at the deadline, they moved veteran cornerback Tramon Williams to starting safety alongside Kentrell Brice. Williams also plays in the slot in nickel packages with last year’s second rounder Josh Jones seeing more and more playing time at safety.Bashaud Breeland provides veteran depth and is actually the only Packer other than Clinton-Dix with more than one interception. He also has the team’s only pick-six of the year. Rookie Tony Brown also gets plenty of rotational reps.Special TeamsMason Crosby somehow managed to hang onto the Packers’ placekicking job after missing five kicks against the Lions earlier in the year. To his credit, he’s only missed another four all season and did make a game-winner the following week against San Francisco.Punter JK Scott Darryl Roberts Jerseys 2019 , on whom the Packers spent a fifth round pick in this year’s draft, is having a decent year but does lead the league in touchbacks.13 different players have returned kicks for the Packers this year, without much success. Cobb and Williams are currently listed as the return men on punts and kickoffs respectively.In kick coverage, Burks has been Green Bay’s most productive tackler. Ken O’Brien: Precise, but historically immobileI wasn’t yet born when Ken O’Brien threw his final pass as a Jet. Being the Gang Green aficionado I am, I’ve been really interested to learn more..."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Jets StoriesScheduleRosterStatsYahoo Jets NewsYahoo Jets Team PageYahoo Jets ReportYahoo Jets Depth ChartYahoo Jets TransactionsYahoo Jets PhotosOdds About Masthead Community Guidelines StubHub ✕Jets Stats Dump: The immobility of Kenny O and the Leonard Williams conundrumNew,31commentsEDTShareTweetShareShareJets Stats Dump: The immobility of Kenny O and the Leonard Williams conundrumKen O’Brien: Precise, but historically immobileI wasn’t yet born when Ken O’Brien threw his final pass as a Jet. Being the Gang Green aficionado I am, I’ve been really interested to learn more about the man most known for not being Dan Marino.While discussing O’Brien with some fellow fans, I stumbled across an almost unfathomable all-time league record he currently is in possession of.Over his ten-season NFL career, O’Brien never scored a rushing touchdown. Ever!That makes O’Brien the league’s all-time leader in most touchdown passes (128) and most games started at quarterback (110) without scoring a rushing touchdown. He owns a significant lead over the holder of second place in those categories, Joey Harrington, who threw 79 touchdown passes and started 76 games.Among Jets quarterbacks, the second-ranked quarterback on the list of most touchdown passes without a rushing touchdown is Al Woodall, who threw for 18 scores over his five year Jets career from 1969-1974.Leonard Williams: Master in the art of Pressures, Apprentice in the art of SacksYou know the two sides of the coin in the Leonard Williams debate. His supporters point to the impact he makes off the stat sheet - pressures, knockdowns, and drawing doubles among other things. His detractors just can’t stomach his wee sack totals.Williams’ production is staggeringly unique and lines up well with the debates that surround him. He has been elite at producing pressures but shockingly poor at collecting sacks in comparison.With 45 quarterback knockdowns over the past two seasons White Brent Qvale Jerseys , Williams is tied for 12th league-wide in the category.Conversely, he only had 7.0 sacks over that span, which ties him for 96th in the league.Williams’ disparity between those two categories is in a world of its own. Among all players with seven sacks or fewer over the past two seasons, Williams’ 45 knockdowns is the most by far. It’s almost twice as many as the player placed second on the list, Vinny Curry, who had 25 knockdowns.I think these numbers can tell us a lot about where we should stand on Williams. It’s okay to fall in the middle.He has not been quite as dominant as we hoped he would be when he was taken sixth overall in 2015. At the same time, he isn’t a worthless slouch, either. He’s a very good player who settles in a little bit below a consistent Pro Bowl level.Calais Campbell and Fletcher Cox are the only 300+ pound players with more knockdowns than Williams over the past two seasons. While his sack totals have been underwhelming, Williams has still won his battles as a pass rusher at an elite rate.Sacks can be deceiving. Many of them are given away for free, or are the product of a play made by another player. Sometimes players get credit for a sack just by following a scrambling quarterback out of bounds.They’re also not common enough to be used as the sole factor in determining a player’s value. Take a look at Aaron Donald, for example. He led the league with 20.5 sacks in 2018. Donald played 914 defensive snaps this past regular season, which means only about 2% of the snaps he played resulted in a sack. That sample size isn’t enough to define a player’s overall impact. (This isn’t a knock on Donald at all, by the way. He is amazing.)Pressures and knockdowns are a better tool for predicting future sacks and a better indicator of how often a player is actually winning as a pass rusher. An individual has a lot more control over his pressure production than he does his sack production. Circumstances can do a lot to prevent a player from having sack opportunities, but they can’t do nearly as much to prevent a player from generating pressure or at least getting a hit on the quarterback.While a given sack is more valuable than a given pressure (since a sack is always a win for the defense and a pressure is not), pressures and knockdowns are still valuable tools to help us learn about the impact a player is making as a rusher.In 2016, Vic Beasley led the NFL with 15.5 sacks. However, he only had 16 knockdowns, which tied him for 45th in the league. This suggested that he was converting his pressures into sacks at a highly unsustainable rate Brent Qvale Jerseys 2019 , and that he was a due for regression in the future.Sure enough, Beasley has followed that 2016 campaign with only 10.0 sacks and 13 knockdowns over the last two seasons combined.Because Williams’ sack totals fall so far short of his pressure and knockdown totals, it suggests he could be due for a natural rise towards the mean in sack production, and that he is probably a lot better of an overall player than the sack column portrays him as. In addition to progression towards the mean, Williams’ sack totals could benefit from Gregg Williams’ attacking style that tends to give defensive linemen more freedom to rush the passer. Williams has been doing a lot of two-gapping in recent seasons that has limited his ability to stockpile sacks. A play style that restricts statistical production doesn’t necessarily limit the actual value a player has on the game, but it can make a player appear more invisible to a casual viewer as the 0’s pile up in the box score. I think Williams has been a victim of this to an extent.With all of this said, Williams does deserve some criticism, and all of the blame can’t just be pit on bad luck and a bad situation. With a ratio of pressures to sacks as stark as his, he has to take some of the blame. There have been moments where Williams struggled to finish sacks, whether it was due to a lack of closing speed, a missed tackle, or another issue. He can improve at his finishing behind the line. Dominant players also don’t need good circumstances to consistently make their presence felt.Altogether, Williams’ inability to finish sacks at a strong rate has held him back from true elite status, but it shouldn’t fool us into thinking he isn’t a very good player.Flashier numbers could be on the horizon.
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