Please be understanding that this is an inexact science at best with players who haven't received major chunks of playing time.
The grading scale is as follows: A=Pro Bowl/All-Pro caliber, B=Solid NFL starter, C=Average NFL player, D=Below-average NFL player, F=Fringe NFL player.
Aaron Rodgers (B+): Rodgers' 2013 season will always be remembered for his broken collarbone that forced him to miss most of eight games. But even in the games he did play, Rodgers seemed to play at a rung below the A-caliber level of play everyone has grown accustomed to seeing. For all his brilliance in directing the team to a fourth quarter, comeback win over the Bears to clinch the NFC North division title and a spot in the playoffs, it overshadowed a performance that included two interceptions an a fumble that helped to put the Packers in a hole to begin the game. His record-setting 480-yard, four-touchdown outing against the Redskins in Week 2 was near flawless. But his 17-to-6 touchdown-to-interception ratio is underwhelming considering it was 45-to-6 just two seasons ago.
Matt Flynn (C+): For all his flaws, Flynn simply helped keep the ship afloat, directing comeback wins against the Redskins and Cowboys and a tie against the Vikings, without which, the Packers wouldn't have qualified for the postseason. Sure, Flynn doesn't have the strongest arm, but his knowledge of the Packers offense, command of the huddle and gritty toughness allowed the team to rally around him and give forth their best effort (perhaps with the exception of Thanksgiving). Flynn might never be a starting quarterback in the NFL again, but there are worse options as a backup.
Scott Tolzien (D): For as much promise as Tolzien might have shown, his one touchdown and five interceptions are ultimately how his 2013 season will be judged. In essence, his inexperience showed. Signed at the beginning of the season, and just a member of the practice squad at that, Tolzien didn't start to get practice repetitions with the first-string offense until after Rodgers was injured. It was a matter of playing catch-up from there. But with his NFL-caliber arm strength and poise, Tolzien proved he's worth developing as a potential backup.
Seneca Wallace (Incomplete): Wallace's reign lasted one game and a few snaps of one other before being injured and landing on injured reserve. He showed command of the Packers offense, but also displayed an inability to push the ball down the field. Any touchdowns the Packers scored was in spite of him, not because of him. Considering the position the Packers were in at the end of August, Wallace wasn't a bad signing, but the inability to develop a capable backup was an obvious sore spot.
Eddie Lacy (A): Lacy resuscitated a Green Bay ground game that's been dormant since the days when Ryan Grant was in his prime, and even then, he out-performed Grant. Not since Ahman Green have the Packers had such a threat at running back. He might not a speedster, but Lacy is more than just a bulldozer. If he can get through the first line of defense, he's nimble enough to break off plenty of runs for 10-plus yards. Lacy has already mastered the art of the spin move, gaining yards where others wouldn't. And whereas many backs would be tackled for a loss or a short gain, Lacy is frequently able to make something out of nothing and get gains of two, three and four yards. Any worries about his health were put to rest as Lacy valiantly fought through an ankle injury the final month of the season and his surgically-repaired toe was never an issue. He finished the season with a franchise rookie record 1,178 (4.1 ypc) and 11 touchdowns. Even though he wasn't a threat as a receiver, Lacy reliably caught 35 passes and competed as a pass blocker.
James Starks (B): Only the presence of Lacy might have prevented Starks from making more of an impact. On just 89 carries, Starks rushed for 493 yards (5.5 ypc) and three touchdowns. He complemented Lacy well, seemingly capable of breaking off more long runs. Starks missed three games early in the season due to a knee injury, but when he returned, it was as if nothing happened. Because he stayed largely healthy and was effective, he should generate interest on the free-agent market. Still a work-in-progress in pass protection.
John Kuhn (B): Kuhn's value was evident on the game-winning play against the Bears when he came across the formation to pick off Julius Peppers, allowing Rodgers to toss the game-winning touchdown. As usual, Kuhn was a great pass protector, but he had his best season in years, because the team started to rely less upon him as a runner, and Lacy made him look good as a blocker. Kuhn had his fewest carries since 2009 with only 10 regular season carries, but partly because of being used so sparingly, he averaged a career-best 3.8 yards per carry as a Packer. He's not a devastating lead blocker, but he is a willing one. Kuhn also has reliable hands as a check-down receiving target.
Johnathan Franklin (D+): The only game in which Franklin got a fair chance to display his ability was at Cincinnati when he rushed for over 100 yards on just 13 carries, showing just how much of a home-run threat he can be with one dash for 51 yards. Unfortunately for Franklin, two fumbles and hesitancy as a kickoff returner landed him in the doghouse. His season ended with concussion mid-year. He has plenty to work on, both as a pass protector and a receiver.
Khalil Bell (Incomplete): Played in five games strictly on special teams. Returned two kickoffs for an average of 20.0 yards. It's nice to know he could maybe be signed in an emergency once again if injuries strike, but it's hard to see him back in a Packers uniform next season with DuJuan Harris coming back.
Jordy Nelson (A): Nelson finished the season with a team-leading 85 catches for 1,314 yards (15.5 ypr) and eight touchdowns. Proving his deep-threat status, he led the NFL with 19 catches of 25-plus yards. But Nelson is so much more than just a deep threat. He's an ultra-reliable receiver that makes those sideline tip-toe, back-shoulder catches look routine. Even with Rodgers knocked out by injury, Nelson was still able to perform at a high level, although his touchdown production went down. He was the go-to target for both Rodgers and Flynn.
James Jones (C+): Jones was never the same after suffering a knee injury early in the season that forced him to miss two games, although he was still able to catch 59 passes for 817 yards (13.8 ypr). It was disappointing that Jones' touchdown receptions tailed off from an NFL-leading 14 in 2012 to just three in 2013. He was to see Jones arguably drop three passes in the team's playoff wildcard loss to the 49ers. Always a leader on and off the field.
Randall Cobb (B+): At the time of his broken leg, Cobb was leading the team in receiving with 29 catches for just under 400 yards. But even though he missed nine games, Cobb was still able to grab 31 passes for 433 yards and four touchdowns. He alertly flashed by Chicago's safety to catch the game-winning and division-clinching bomb from Rodgers. When healthy, his versatility is nearly unparalleled as a slot receiver, return specialist, occasional running back and emergency quarterback.
Jarrett Boykin (B-): Boykin emerged as a reliable target for the Packers in 2013, catching 49 passes for 681 yards (13.9 ypr) and three touchdowns even after going the first four games of the season without a single reception. He twice had games with over 100 yards. Boykin's strengths are route-running and his strength after the catch. He's not a deep threat but has a knack for getting upfield, and a lot of it has to do with his strength and determination.
Myles White (D): White caught nine passes for 66 yards, most of them at mid-season when both Cobb and Jones were out injured. He didn't do anything special in his time with the Packers but showed enough promise to continue to develop. He ended the season injured reserve with a knee cartilage issue.
Chris Harper (Incomplete): In the four games he was active since being picked up on waivers, Harper's contributions were limited to special teams and all of two snaps on offense. It was disappointing that he couldn't carve out even a small role with so many injuries at the receiver position, but he was behind the eight-ball from the start coming into a new system. His raw talent is worth the time investment in developing him.
Jermichael Finley (B+): Prior to his season (and potentially career) being ended by a spinal injury, Finley caught 25 passes for 300 yards and three touchdowns, making much of the same impact he had most of the past couple seasons. He was a legitimate threat as a receiver, but never quite among the top tier of tight ends like Jimmy Graham, Antonio Gates, Rob Gronkowski and Tony Gonzalez and continued to be subpar as a blocker. His future with the Packers is in doubt both because of injury and because he'll be a free agent.
Andrew Quarless (C-): Coming back from from a serious knee injury in which he damaged multiple ligaments was remarkable in itself, and Quarless appeared to get stronger and better as the season went on. In wins against Atlanta and Dallas, he had identical stat lines: six catches for 66 yards and a touchdown. Although, it wasn't for a lack of trying, Quarless was never the same blocker he was before injury and now enters unrestricted free agency.
Brandon Bostick (D+): After spending an entire season on the practice squad in 2012 and not catching a single pass the first eight games of the 2013 season, Bostick finally started to emerge late, catching seven passes for 120 yards and a touchdown before landing on injured reserve with a foot injury. He's fluid as a receiver but overmatched as a blocker.
Ryan Taylor (D-): His primary contributions came on special teams, but Taylor did add six catches for 30 yards on offense. He's a willing blocker but doesn't overwhelm anyone. Taylor isn't above replacement value.
Jake Stoneburner (Incomplete): Stoneburner was promoted from the practice squad at mid-season after the injury to Finley but did little of note. He played only 10 snaps on offense all year, not grabbing so much as a catch, while his contributions on special teams consist of being flagged for three penalties and making just one tackle. His playing time was cut at the end of the season.
David Bakhtiarai (C+): Compared to other rookies, Bakhtiari deserves an 'A,' but compared to tackles league-wide Bakhtiari was merely average. He allowed eight sacks and 27 quarterback hurries, according to ProFootballFocus.com. Although his pass blocking was better than his run blocking, there's plenty to be enthused about. Bakhtiari shows very good feet and was consistently able to position himself in front of defenders, while also displaying the competitive spirit to finish. Now he just has to get strong enough to anchor and get push in the run game.
Josh Sitton (A): After a season-opening performance in which Sitton was penalized three times, things only got better for the Packers veteran guard. Sitton went on to have a Pro Bowl-caliber season, even if he wasn't voted as such, which was all the more impressive considering he switched from right to left guard in the offseason. He was equally effective in both the pass and the run game and was undoubtedly the team's best offensive lineman. Allowed one sack and seven quarterback hurries, per ProFootballFocus.com.
Evan Dietrich-Smith (B): While he maybe wasn't as good as Scott Wells in his prime, Dietrich-Smith was an obvious upgrade over the Jeff Saturday experiment of 2012. He was above-average in nearly every facet of the game, and above all, the Packers offense operated without a hitch with Dietrich-Smith manning the pivot position. Among the more impressive developments was how effective he was pulling after barely doing so the first few seasons of his career. Allowed five sacks and eight quarterback hurries, according to ProFootballFocus.com.
T.J. Lang (B): Like Sitton, Lang made an impressive transition to a new position, switching from the left to the right side. He's not quite in the same category as Sitton, but he's not far behind. Early in his career, the Packers experimented with Lang at tackle but he appears to hit his stride inside. With a little more consistency, he could be among the top guards in the NFL. Allowed three sacks and 16 quarterback hurries, per ProFootballFocus.com.
Don Barclay (D): Barclay gets by because he's a battler, but depending on him as a game-in, game-out starter is a risky proposition. He struggles with speed rushers and defenders that have multiple pass-rush moves. He allowed eight sacks and 22 quarterback hurries, according to ProFootballFocus.com, regularly keeping Rodgers and Flynn under fire. His run blocking was one more reason Lacy was able to have such a successful season, however. He might be a better guard than tackle.
Marshall Newhouse (F): In just over 200 snaps, Newhouse allowed two sacks, 12 hurries and was penalized two times, per ProFootballFocus.com. He wasn't a great run blocker by any means, but he did surprisingly well in that aspect of the game, considering he was never a good run blocker on the left side the previous two seasons. That was just about his lone saving grace, because Newhouse was beyond lost in pass protection.
Derek Sherrod (Incomplete): Sherrod got in the game for six snaps in the Thanksgiving loss to Detroit, but that was the only time he played on offense all season. Otherwise, he regularly played on the field goal and extra point protection units. Just coming back from his broken leg in 2011 was an accomplishment but it remains tot be seen whether he gets back to where he was prior to injury.
Lane Taylor (Incomplete): Taylor played 14 total offensive snaps in 2013 and several more on special teams. Based on his preseason play, Taylor appeared to be a lineman whose calling card was based on strength and girth, but his sample size was too small to draw any conclusions in the regular season.
Greg Van Roten (Incomplete): Van Roten played strictly on special teams before his season was ended with a foot injury. He'll join the fray at center if Evan Dietrich-Smith leaves via free agency.
J.C. Tretter (Incomplete): Tretter was on the team's 53-man roster for the final four games after beginning the season on the PUP list following a broken ankle suffered during the offseason, but was never active for a single game. Like Van Roten, he's likely to be in the running for a job at center next year.
Defense coming tomorrow.
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