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Messagepar elaine95 » Lun 15 Avr 2019, 7:51 am

One day after Green Bay Packers interim head coach Joe Philbin refused to commit to playing his team’s best player in week 16 Bart Starr Jersey , said player put speculation to rest. On Wednesday, quarterback Aaron Rodgers put any speculation to rest, making it clear to the media that he will suit up against the New York Jets on Sunday.In fact, Rodgers appears to be facing these final two weeks as a point of pride as well as taking it as an opportunity to lead by example in the locker room:Interestingly, these will be the first games Rodgers has played with the Packers out of playoff contention since his first season as a starter in 2008. Green Bay made the postseason every year from 2009 to 2016, then Rodgers was placed on injured reserve after the Packers were eliminated by the Carolina Panthers in week 15 last season.Rodgers was also asked about the ability to get more snaps with the Packers’ young receivers, and acknowledged that “there’s definitely some value there.” Considering that a lack of chemistry with newcomers like Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Equanimeous St. Brown, J’Mon Moore, and Jake Kumerow have seemingly been a major part of Rodgers’ struggles this year, it does make some sense to allow him to get competitive repetitions with those players in the final two weeks.The arguments against Rodgers playing largely come down to his health. He has dealt with a knee injury since week one, and he appeared to tweak his groin during Sunday’s loss in Chicago as well. Two more games means another 120 snaps or so, each of which has the opportunity to result in an even more serious injury.In addition Ray Nitschke Jersey , Rodgers will likely be playing out the string in an offense that is quite different to what he will be running in 2019. Joe Philbin does not seem to be a legitimate candidate for the permanent head coaching job, meaning that a newcomer will likely institute a fairly different offensive scheme. In that context, perhaps the chemistry argument falls apart a bit, since the players will all need to learn an entirely new playbook.Regardless, it seems that despite sportsbooks moving the point spread from Packers -3 to Packers +1 early this week, Rodgers will still be in uniform and under center on Sunday. The Green Bay Packers used the 2018 NFL draft in large part to bolster a weakened defense and add some depth to their wide receiver position.The Packers used their first three picks on defense — the first two on cornerbacks — and on Day 3 selected three wide receivers.More Packers coveragePackers at Bears to open 2019 scheduleTop Tweets: Brewers make hilarious ‘Mean Girls’ parody videoMatthews signs with Rams after 10 years with PackersPackers re-sign tight end Marcedes LewisTop Tweets: Nikola Mirotic loves being a Milwaukee BuckTop pick Jaire Alexander ended up playing the third-most snaps on defense, 760 (71.43 percent). But keep in mind the rookie cornerback missed three games and exited his final game in Week 15 after playing only one-third of the snaps. Alexander played every snap from Week 8-14 with the exception of one game, against Miami in Week 9 when he was in on 86.8 percent of the plays. Alexander finished second on the team in tackles with 66 and led in passes defensed with 11.Second-round pick Josh Jackson was sixth in defensive snaps, but only played every snap in a game one time — against the Dolphins. Playing in all 16 games, Jackson finished sixth on the team in tackles while ending up second in passes defensed, with 10.On the flip side, third-round pick Oren Burks was supposed to be a part of Green Bay’s linebacker rotation, however he had more than double the amount of special teams snaps than on defense (254 to 122). Injuries slowed Burks’ start to the season Dave Robinson Jersey , but in Weeks 4-6 he played 20, 25 and 28 snaps on defense. Thereafter, the linebacker out of Vanderbilt had double-digit snaps on defense just once (15 in Week 8 at New England) and four times didn’t even see the field with that unit.On offense, Green Bay’s trio of rookie wide receivers were supposed to just provide depth 鈥?and then that depth was needed. With Geronimo Allison (241 snaps, 22.44 percent) and Randall Cobb (466, 43.39 percent) suffering injuries, the newcomers had to be called on.Surprisingly, the top pick among the three — fourth-round pick J’Mon Moore — played the least, by far. Moore got some early playing time receiving a combined 42 snaps on offense in Weeks 4-6, but had just 74 offensive snaps on the season (16 of those coming in the regular-season finale).Instead it was fifth-round pick Marquez Valdes-Scantling, chosen 39 picks after Moore, who had the second-most offensive snaps among the wide receivers (691, 64.34 percent). His 38 catches tied for third-highest on the Packers while his 581 receiving yards were third. Valdes-Scantling averaged 15.3 yards per catch Reggie White Jersey , second on the team among those with at least five receptions.First on that list was sixth-round pick Equanimeous St. Brown at 15.6 yards per catch. Despite missing four games, the rookie from Notre Dame appeared in one-third of Green Bay’s offensive plays this season. He had 21 receptions for 328 yards.Other notes from the 2018 season’s snap counts:— For the second straight season, center Corey Linsley was the only Packer to appear in every snap, either on offense or defense.— The Packers made two big splashes in free agency in the offseason. Tight end Jimmy Graham played 795 offensive snaps (74.02 percent). He had just 55 catches — his lowest total since his rookie season in 2010 — for 636 yards while tying a career-low with two touchdowns. Defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson was injured early in the season and appeared in just 115 defensive snaps (10.81 percent).— Besides the rookies mentioned above, two other first-year players got a lot of playing time late in the season. Defensive tackle Tyler Lancaster, an undrafted free agent, played in at least half the defensive snaps in every game but one over the final five games. Overall, Lancaster played in 25.47 percent of Green Bay’s defensive snaps on the season and had 25 tackles (or, two more than Burks). Wide receiver Jake Kumerow played in 11 snaps combined on offense in Weeks 13 and 14,

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