When Atari Bigby saw extensive action against the Cowboys, I assumed it was because the Packers were comfortably ahead in a blow-out. It seemed like a great opportunity to get Bigby, who hadn't been active all season, some valuable playing time while getting starting safety Charlie Peprah some rest.
How wrong I was.
Apparently, the plan was to split snaps between Peprah and Bigby all along and that plan will continue tomorrow.
Against Dallas, Peprah started and played about 21 snaps. Playing his first game after ankle surgery Aug. 6, Bigby replaced Peprah in the fourth series and ended up with about 27 snaps.
The plan against the Vikings is similar: Peprah starts and goes 10 to 12 plays; Bigby enters and goes 10-12 plays; Peprah returns for 10-12; Bigby returns for 10-12 and so forth.
Charlie Peprah is no All-Pro but last I checked he has been playing very good football since Morgan Burnett was lost for the season during the Lions game. In fact, he's been an upgrade from what the rookie was giving the defense. He has provided a consistent physical presence against the run, and outside of the one deep pass play that resulted in a touchdown for the Redskins, he has not proven a liability in coverage.
And the Packers want to screw up his rhythm so they can get Bigby on the field? What on Earth for?
Last I checked, Bigby was shutting it down in a playoff game and chosing to spend the summer pouting about his contract status. And even before that happened its not like Bigby was Ed Reed back there. Far from it, he was the definition of pedestrian.
Yet now the Packers seem hell bent on getting him back on the field. What's worse is Bigby seems to think he's somehow owed the opportunity. When asked if he was OK with not being the starter, his reply was:
I don't know. Let's just see what happens.
Sorry Atari. The correct answer to that question is "I just want to help the team any way I can. After missing all summer due to my Drew-Rosenhaus-induced bout of stupidity, I'm just thankful to be playing football again."
Or something to that effect.
Look, I'm happy Bigby is back and in the mix. I think he provides good depth at the safety position. But forcing him into the lineup reeks of the Packers out-thinking themselves.
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