Behind Enemy Lines: Packers Personnel

Bear Report dives into the Green Bay roster and analyzes the personnel of the Bears' biggest rival position by position. Find out what Chicago will be up against this weekend.


Quarterback: Aaron Rodgers
Rodgers picked up right where he finished last year, when his outstanding play in the postseason led the organization to its fourth Super Bowl title. In his first two games this year, he's thrown for 620 yards, 5 TDs and 0 INTs, with a QB rating of 126.4. His accuracy and decision-making are matched only by Tom Brady, yet Rodgers also has a good set of wheels. With the weapons around him, an argument can be made that he's currently the most-dangerous signal caller in the game.

Running Back: James Starks, Ryan Grant, John Kuhn
The Packers rely on the two-headed attack of Starks and Grant. The team has split carries between the two fairly evenly, yet Starks has far outplayed his veteran teammate. He's averaging 6.8 yards per carry compared to Grant's 4.3 and has outrushed him 142 to 65 on just six more carries. Starks is a downhill runner with quickness, while Grant is more of a homerun threat. Kuhn is a quality lead blocker that handles the goal-line duties.

WR Greg Jennings
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Wide Receiver: Greg Jennings, Donald Driver, Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb
Jennings is the centerpiece of the passing game. The 28-year-old made his first Pro Bowl last year, compiling 76 catches, 1,265 yards and 12 TDs during the regular season. He's an all-around receiver that can beat defenses on short and intermediate routes, while also being a dangerous deep threat. Nelson is a very good slot receiver who, after a great Super Bowl, appears to be taking the next step in his development. He has 161 yards receiving so far his year, at 23 yards per catch, and 2 TDs. Driver is the elder statesman of the group who, now in the twilight of his career, is a quality possession receiver. Cobb is an electrifying rookie that can take it to the house any time he touches the ball.

Tight End: Jermichael Finley, Andrew Quarless
The Packers have four tight ends on the roster but only Finley and Quarless see the field on offense. Finley is a wide receiver in a tight end's body. His combination of size (6-5, 247), speed and pass-catching ability make him a tough matchup for opposing defenses. Rodgers likes his safety net in the middle, targeting Finley more than every other player except Jennings. Quarless is used in double-tight-end sets almost exclusively as a blocker.

Offensive Line: LT Chad Clifton, LG T.J. Lang, C Scott Wells, RG Josh Sitton, RT Bryan Bulaga
Wells has started the past sevens seasons in Green Bay and provides a concrete foundation in the middle. Sitton and the vastly improved Bulaga form a solid right front. Both can move defenders in the run game. The left side of the line is a bit shakier. Lang started just three games in his career, all at tackle, before this season and has been inconsistent. Clifton is 35 years old and is working on a pair of chronically bad knees. As a group, they've only given up three sacks through the first two games and have cleared the way for more than 100 total rushing yards in both contests.


Defensive Line: Starters -- DLE Ryan Pickett, NT B.J. Raji, DRE Jarius Wynn. Backups -- NT Howard Green, DE C.J. Wilson
The Packers' 3-4 defense is anchored in the middle by Raji, who is a space eater that can also provide pressure against the pass. Green Bay isn't afraid to slide Raji outside to defensive end as well and place Green in at nose. Both players weigh in at about 340 pounds. Pickett is a 31-year-old veteran who plays well within the system but he isn't a game changer. DE Mike Neal has been ruled out for the game, which is a big blow to the defense. He's a powerful player that can be disruptive when he's healthy. He'll be replaced by Wynn, who has played very well so far this season, racking up 7 tackles, one for a loss, and one sack.

LB Desmond Bishop
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Linebackers: LOLB Clay Matthews, ILB A.J. Hawk, ILB Desmond Bishop, ROLB Erik Walden
Matthews is the engine that makes this defense run. He's an elite pass rusher from the edge and is quick enough to chase runners down from sideline to sideline. When he's on, he can take over a game. Hawk is a steady yet unspectacular presence on the inside. Bishop took over after longtime starter Nick Barnett went down with an injury last season. He played well and was anointed the starter this year after the team parted ways with Barnett. Bishop is a big hitter and he leads the team in tackles (22). Walden has also played well so far, replacing the injured Frank Zombo.

Secondary: LCB Charles Woodson, SS Morgan Burnett, FS Charlie Peprah, RCB Tramon Williams, NB Sam Shields
Woodson is a former defensive MVP that is seemingly everywhere on the field at once. He's a playmaker who is often allowed to play "rover" and move about wherever he wants on the turf. He can create havoc as a blitzer as well. Williams is dealing with a shoulder injury but is expected to play. He's a shutdown corner who made the Pro Bowl last year. At nickelback, Shields is solid in man coverage. The team suffered a big blow this week with the loss of Pro Bowl safety Nick Collins for the season. Peprah will take his place and is an adequate fill in. Burnett missed most of his rookie season last year due to injury but has played very well so far this season. He's second on the team in tackles (21) to go along with a sack, an interception and a forced fumble.


K Mason Crosby, P Tim Masthay, LS Brett Goode, PR/KOR Randall Cobb
Crosby was awarded a five-year contract extension this offseason yet he's far from a Pro Bowl kicker, as his 78.1 field-goal percentage demonstrates. Masthay is a quality punter who can boom the ball when he needs to. He's also showed good directional-kick ability. Cobb is a dangerous returner for whom opposing teams must be fully prepared. He's averaging 45.8 yards per kickoff return and has already returned one kick 108 yards for a touchdown.

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