Our weekly designations from the Green Bay Packers’ 9-0 victory over the New York Jets…
- Tramon Williams–In the first game after it was reported the Packers have offered him a contract extension in the same range as Al Harris, Williams had a hand in two Packers turnovers. The first was a fumble recovery, which Frank Zombo forced. The second was an interceptions ripped from the hands of Jericho Cotchery. That’s in addition to a pass broken up in the endzone on a third down in the fourth quarter, also intended for Cotchery, one of two pass break ups on the day.
- Tim Masthay–Following the loss to the Miami Dolphins, head coach Mike McCarthy called out Masthay, and he’s performed ever since. For the second game in a row, he’s punted very well. As far as punters go, it will be tough for Masthay to eclipse today’s performance. Of his eight punts, five were placed inside the 20. Only one was returned, and that was for 0 yards. On the day, he had 8 punts for a 44.0 yard gross average and a 41.5 yard net. A new bar has been set for Masthay going forward.
- Charlie Peprah–The way Charlie Peprah has been playing over the past couple weeks, it’s going to be tough for Atari Bigby to re-claim the starting job. The strongest part of his game is run support, of which Peprah contributed four tackles. But even more crucial today may have been his fourth quarter, fourth down pass break up of a pass also intended for Jericho Cotchery.
- Howard Green–Considering Green took part in all of one practice and isn’t very well versed in the Packers defense, he did yeoman’s work today. He basically assumed the role of Ryan Pickett playing both end in the base defense and occasionally inside in the nickel, plus giving B.J. Raji a few snaps off at the nose. But the way the Packers stopped the vaunted Jets rushing offense was a thing of beauty, and Green had as much to do with it as anybody. Take away the 17 yard run given up off the fake punt on special teams, and the Packer defense only gave up 3.5 yard per carry to entire Jets offense including LaDanian Tomlinson.
- James Jones–Jones came away without a single catch despite being targeted three times. While targets can be a deceiving statistic, Jones also had a drop on a deep pass down the right sideline, which would have given the Packers a first down (if not a touchdown) and taken some pressure off the defense. The drop is part of a larger trend with Jones, in which he just can’t seem to take himself to the next level and has been plagued by either drops or fumbles or not being on the same page as the quarterback.
- Andrew Quarless–It may be unfair to give a “cow chip” to an injured player, but his second quarter drop on third down was part of the reason the Packers only converted 2 of 14 third downs on the day, a horrendous 14% success rate.
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