2021 Packers Stock Report: Week 2

Take a look at the stock report for the Green Bay Packers after a bounce-back 35-17 win over the Detroit Lions in Week 2.

Chalk one up for the good guys – the Green Bay Packers are now in the win column.

Although the first half gave us Cheeseheads quite the scare, the Packers scored 21 unanswered to earn the 35-17 NFC North victory over the visiting Detroit Lions in the home-opener.

Let’s take a look at the stock report for the Week 2 win.

BUY

Aaron Jones – How can you not love Aaron Jones? The standout running back looked to be the focal point for Matt LaFleur and the Packers offense this week, which was a nice change of pace from the team abandoning him in Week 1. Jones rushed for a touchdown and caught three in the win. The Packers are better when Jones is heavily involved offensively, which is why I think his touches and involvement will only increase in the coming weeks.

Eric Stokes – Two weeks in a row, I have Eric Stokes on my buy list. After a relatively good game in limited action in Week 1, Stokes saw his snap count exponentially increase against the Lions. The first round defensive back played primarily outside corner, with Kevin King getting snaps in the slot. Stokes was solid in coverage all night, even recording a couple crucial pass breakups. I know it’s only been two games, but you have to like the potential that Stokes has shown so far.

Corey Bojorquez – Ladies and gentlemen, it seems that the Packers (finally) have a punter. I had Bojorquez on my hold list last week, due to his solid performance in Week 1 only being one game. After another solid outing, which was even better than the last, I’m officially all in on the Bojorquez hype. The recently-acquired punter from the Rams had a couple beauties that pinned the Lions inside the 20-yard line. LaFleur called his punt location, “Absolutely fantastic.”

SELL

Pass rushers – The Packers defense struggled mightily in the first half of Monday night’s game. Jared Goff picked apart Green Bay’s secondary for the first 30 minutes of the contest. Much of that had to do with Packers pass-rushers not getting to the quarterback. Although the defense was able to get some pressure in the second half, it’s still an issue that needs addressed moving forward. The Packers are just the fifth defense since 2010 to not have an individual player register a sack the first two weeks of the season. With Za’Darius Smith still absent the next two weeks, the Packers will need more from up front.

Kingsley Keke – Speaking of struggling up front, Kingsley Keke was the worst-graded defender for the Green Bay Packers for the second week in a row, according to Pro Football Focus. Keke, who struggles defending the run, was primarily drafted to help rush the passer. If he’s not getting to the quarterback, and not anchoring down in the run, then the Packers have a problem on their hands.

HOLD

Jon Runyan – After Lucas Patrick missed the early part of the week in concussion protocol, Jon Runyan stepped in at the left guard position against the Lions. The second-year player didn’t allow a pressure and was one of the best-graded players on offense. However, right now he’s on hold because there’s a chance that Patrick will be given the job back this week. LaFleur says the job will be assessed week-to-week. Whether the offensive coaching staff wants to give him the position full-time remains to be seen.

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Gunnar Davis is a lifelong Packers fan and a recent graduate of Simpson College, where he was a 3-year letterwinner on the offensive line and graduated with a degree in multimedia communications. You can follow him on Twitter at @Gunnar57Davis.

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Comments (11)

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Handsback's picture

September 21, 2021 at 08:18 pm

I get the feeling that Runyan is a gamer. He might be a guy who doesn't provide great practice film, but when the game starts he is all business.

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Bure9620's picture

September 21, 2021 at 08:35 pm

Stock up
Aaron Jones, Eric Stokes, Devondre Campbell, Royce Newman, AJ Dillon Receiving, Jaire Alexander (buy lots), Davante Adams, Robert Tonyan, throwback screen passes

Stock Down
Aaron Rodgers Deep passes, Aaron Rodgers Attitude, Tyler Lancaster (Yeesh), Kingsley Keke, Kevin King, 00 personnel formation

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splitpea1's picture

September 21, 2021 at 09:38 pm

Buy: I'd add Campbell to the list. Nothing flashy so far, but he's brought a little stability and has been a nice addition to the team.

Hold: Gary has been in the hold category for a while...time to increase the dividend.

Cautious Hold: The offensive line and the coaching staff; a) the OL has to keep Bosa off of Rodgers, and, b) there's still an aftertaste from our 2019 experiences in SF; last season doesn't count. So I would hope we will see maximum energy and preparedness for what is likely to be a very physical contest. I watched the SF-Eagles game on Sunday, and wow, what an enjoyable game--defensive, hard-hitting, big special teams plays, and low-scoring; sort of the antithesis of the modern NFL.

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Coldworld's picture

September 22, 2021 at 08:23 am

As to Gary, I’m going to sell Barry and put a question mark over what the front players are doing. It looks to me like whatever Barry was doing in the first half was a big problem. Only when Barry was told to change did the players start to show. I agree with you on Campbell and Stokes is a buy. Will it be King or Sullivan in the slot next week? King actually matched up fairly well against Detroit who use bigger players in the middle, but against more traditional slot types, I’m less sure it is viable.

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PewAuKeeFan's picture

September 21, 2021 at 10:52 pm

Would be nice to get the facts right, especially scoring. Jones had 1 rush TD and caught 3 (not 2 like mentioned above).

Otherwise, good choices.

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GunnarDavis's picture

September 22, 2021 at 08:24 am

You are right, not sure why I originally had two. It is fixed!

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Coldworld's picture

September 22, 2021 at 08:25 am

The fact is though that we can’t rely on always being able to get Jones going. He was always a very likely mismatch against Detroit. Jones isn’t the universal answer to igniting the O.

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Packers1985's picture

September 22, 2021 at 12:26 am

Though a win is a win that too against the division rival we all know that this is the game that we are expected to win.
The lions made is easier for us. For this team to be considered superbowl bound they should start winning against the physical teams like the 49ers. Both Aaron's should step up this time against the 49ers in order for us to have a good chance of upsetting the hosts.
I hope with two games under the belt this oline is much confident enough to fare well against some good defenses and with those deep passes and some crucial 3rd down conversion 12 got his groove back. Time to start winning in the west coast.
Go Pack Go

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NickPerry's picture

September 22, 2021 at 05:34 am

"Time to start winning in the west coast."

I like the whole comment but especially the last sentence...Considering the SB is being played in Los Angeles this year, the Packers NEED to show they can win out West.

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Horrible4's picture

September 22, 2021 at 01:27 am

Perhaps this was a team that thrived on schemed pressure with Mike Pettine here. We've seen flashes the first couple of weeks, but none of what we've invested in has helped get after the passer consistently. It's continuing to be frustrating watching this team invest tens of millions of dollars and high draft picks into the defense just to get a average or below average performance. It's not a good look for a front office that has made a lot of questionable moves since the coaching staff was changed here. There's really no excuse this defense shouldn't be a top 10 performer right now. Who exactly is to blame for this is another story, but it's clear a lot has to be addressed yet in a short amount of time if this team wants to see another super bowl.

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tincada's picture

September 22, 2021 at 12:11 pm

Sell - J. Love. Oops, that's right he doesn't play so not saleable. Not a big fan of his but that was an insult to stick him out there for 3 kneel downs in the last minute. Might as well put Gute out there, I wish.

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