I said it last night, but I thought I'd post on it as well - John Kuhn, after a shaky first series against the Browns, has really surprised me this preseason.
When the Packers drafted Quinn Johnson, I thought it was a forgone conclusion that Hall would be the veteran fullback kept on the roster. Hall seems more athletic, stronger and seemingly has better hands out of the backfield. No-brainer, right?
Apparently not. Kuhn has been every bit as good this preseason, maybe even better. His blocking at the point of attack has been much improved and he has shown a burst that I hadn't seen before. Of course, it helps that his job is on the line - Thompson and McCarthy's philosophy of constant competition to improve the roster at play again.
Tom Silverstein makes some good points about the position and about Hall and Kuhn's value on special teams, but he also posits the following, which I find very, very doubtful:
On the surface, you'd think it's a lock that the Packers would keep one of the two veterans and the 6-foot-1, 255-pound Johnson. After all, Kuhn and Hall are somewhat similar in size and ability. Johnson is a classic lead fullback who could play a crucial role in goal-line situations.
But the way the Packers value special-teams play, they might keep both veterans. Their next move then would be to try to sneak Johnson through waivers and onto the practice squad.
Sorry, I just don't see it.
Sure, Johnson has been less than assignment sure, but as Silverstein points out elsewhere in the article, he is an absolute beast in short yardage situations, an area where both Hall and Kuhn show their greatest weakness. Johnson has too much promise to risk exposing him to the waiver wire.
It's a tough choice and I'm glad I don't have to make it, but unlike my earlier thinking, I'll be happy with either veteran sticking around this season.
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