2021 Packers Stock Report: Week 3

Take a look at the stock report for the Green Bay Packers after a 30-28 road win over the San Francisco 49ers in Week 3.

The Green Bay Packers gave us something to get excited about on Sunday Night Football.

Yes, I know the Packers just came off a 35-17 win over the Detroit Lions the week before. But there were obviously some things that showed up that we were still concerned about. But on a short week, with a make-shift offensive line and a long trip to California, the Packers came to play.

Green Bay showed up and earned a 30-28 win over the San Francisco 49ers, who are a legitimate Super Bowl contender.

So let’s get into the Stock Report for Week 3 of the 2021 season.

BUY

Aaron Rodgers/Davante Adams connection- When the Packers needed to make a play, Aaron Rodgers turned to his most reliable weapon. The duo connected 12 times for 132 yards and a touchdown, including two on the final drive that could not have been more clutch. When these two are on, the Packers offense is at its best. If the past two weeks are any indication of the rest of the season (20 catches, 253 yards), it’s safe to say that the duo is just getting started.

Mason Crosby- Speaking of clutch, can we get a round of applause for Mason Crosby? The amount of times Crosby has stepped up and delivered when the Packers needed to make a big kick… we should all be thankful for the 37-year-old veteran. I remember when Crosby was struggling back in 2018, and we all were questioning whether or not the Packers should get rid of him. Since the Detroit game in 2018 where he missed five kicks, he’s made 65 of the last 69 field goals – including his most-recent 51-yard game-winner. Not bad, not bad at all.

Preston Smith- After a tough year in 2020, Preston Smith has really been a solid player for the Packers defense. At the outside linebacker position, and with Za’Darius Smith sidelined due to injury, Preston has done a great job setting edges in the run, getting rushes on the passer and making plays when called upon. His stats don’t reflect his play quite yet, but turn on the tape and you can’t miss him.

Kenny Clark- Buy this man’s stock. The interior defensive lineman was the most disruptive player on the Packers defense on Sunday night. He straight up made good offensive linemen for the 49ers just look silly at points. What’s amazing, to me about Clark’s performance, was that he was just as impressive at the end of the game as he was at the beginning. His biggest play came late in the fourth quarter, when he blew up a designed screen play and forced Jimmy Garoppolo to throw the ball into the dirt, which resulted in a fumble. In my opinion, he’s been the best defensive player since Week 1 for Green Bay.

De’Vondre Campbell- I’ve been holding off on buying into the De’Vondre Campbell hype. But I can’t hold off anymore. He’s quietly been solid in the middle for the Packers defense. The free agent signing won’t be the type of player that jumps off the stat sheet. However, he’s been very good making tackles in the open field, and has provided a type of veteran presence that’s been missing in the middle of the defense since Blake Martinez left.

SELL

Amari Rodgers- It was good to see Amari Rodgers on the field and in-motion a little bit in some offensive packages on Sunday night. However, I think we’ve all been a little disappointed in Amari Rodgers the punt returner. He’s made some questionable decisions on which punts he fields and which ones he lets go. Also, there’s plenty of running East and West, and not much running North and South when he does return one. I wouldn’t be shocked to see Kylin Hill get some punt return opportunities soon.

Kickoff team- I considered just putting special teams on the sell list, but Mason Crosby exists, so I’ll just be more specific. The kickoff coverage team was rough on Sunday night, specifically on the 68-yard kickoff return before halftime that gave the 49ers a short field. The poor coverage resulted in a touchdown before halftime that turned momentum.

HOLD

Tyler Lancaster- Tyler Lancaster heard your complaints (and mine too). After back-to-back weeks of dismal play up front, the defensive lineman looked like a different player on Sunday night. He did exactly what his assignment is, which is to hold stout against the run. He made some plays in the backfield, which was a nice change-of-pace from the first two weeks. He stays on the hold list because on Tuesday, he was moved to the reserve/COVID-19 list. Tough to stack good performances when you’re not on the field.

Yosh Nijman- I love Yosh Nijman. Again, the only reason he’s on the ‘hold’ list is because he’s not going to play in many games this season. However, after a tough first drive, Nijman played really well and didn’t give up a sack (or a pressure) on Sunday night. He came in, did his job and showed the organization that he can be counted on when necessary.

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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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jont's picture

September 29, 2021 at 12:52 pm

You're right on the kick coverage vs Crosby's kick-off. He put that one a yard or two deep in the endzone with deccent loft.

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croatpackfan's picture

September 30, 2021 at 03:56 am

I disagree. Ty Summer was the man who was closing the line for returner but he was pushed from the back by 2 defenders, what was penalty which was not called. If there were not penalty, Ty would stop the returner or made him to chose another route and that return would never gain that much yards.

However, karma is a bitch. If 49ers started little deeper their last O possession, they might take more time from the clock and heroic comeback would not be possible.

By my opinion ST are not yet where they should be, but you can say there are improvements every single game up to day. Even MLF said that.

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splitpea1's picture

September 29, 2021 at 12:57 pm

Short-term buy: The entire defense. I hope I'm not going out on a limb here, but the Steelers do not have a strong offensive line, especially in terms of run blocking. And if we cover well, our big bodies should be able to get to Ben--just hang on and wrap up.

Buy and hold forever: Crosby. With the exception of the 2012 blip and the aforementioned LIons game, buyers would have been well-rewarded by his career performance.

Buy: All receiving options. Though the dominant Rodgers-Adams connection served us well against SF, the Packers offense works best the ball is spread around.

Hold: Dillon. Still waiting for more usage; maybe the upcoming game is it.

Hold: The offensive line: Passed a tough test last game; need to do it again, especially if T.J. Watt is active.

Wishful sell: Cobb. Maybe he'll come through big at some point down the road, but other than keeping Rodgers happy, I really don't think we need him. I'd rather see Amari gaining experience (within the offense) and the roster spot being used for another defensive player.

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jannes bjornson's picture

September 30, 2021 at 12:00 am

Cobb moved the Safety (Ward) out of the middle, they still respect him; otherwise ADAMS is Not open for the 25 yard pick up on the Big Drive. to seal the game. Once again, Sell the Fans.

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WestCoastPackerBacker's picture

September 29, 2021 at 01:05 pm

So maybe GB truly has the swing backup tackle they've been needing, and without a big salary or a draft pick. Great development of this young line by the line coaches.

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PewAuKeeFan's picture

September 29, 2021 at 01:10 pm

"He’s made some questionable decisions on which punts he fields and which ones he lets go. Also, there’s plenty of running East and West, and not much running North and South when he does return one."

I noticed and mentioned the exact same thing about Amari in a comment over at Packers.com

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jannes bjornson's picture

September 30, 2021 at 12:11 am

I noticed absolutely, NO blocking, to free him for any angle of release.

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jhtobias's picture

September 29, 2021 at 01:16 pm

Good list except for Amari . He has played only 3 professional games. Lets give the kid a chance.

Buy ..Please Gute for the love of all packrr fans please find another Dlineman Clark cant play 80 percent of.the snaps .. Thier has to be a better slot corner other than king or sullivan.

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jannes bjornson's picture

September 30, 2021 at 12:05 am

Yes, " we don't like our guys" ,but Gutedkunst does to the tune of 5M, plus the Sully bonus. I vote Rodgers and let the clown show on 1265 Lombo walk.

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Since'61's picture

September 29, 2021 at 01:19 pm

I agree on all the buy options, although I posted to buy Rodgers last week and I would already have huge dividends in an actual equity market. “Buy low, sell high”. LOL

I would add Bojoquez to the buy opportunities. It may be a small sample size but his price to earnings ratios is currently at an excellent buy point not to mention that his punting is contributing to our defensive field position and contributing to winning games.

I would hold Amari Rodgers. It’s just too early in the season and in his career to evaluate him as a sell. The current returns, if any, are too small to justify the sell mode.

Not sure about holding Lancaster. He is likely to regress back to his “mean” level which is mediocrity. Too late to sell with a gain at that point.

Thanks, Since ‘61

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Fabio's picture

September 29, 2021 at 02:58 pm

Speaking of purchases .... Scherman signed for Tampa for 2.5 million (500K guaranteed) ...... we have King
Greetings to you from '61

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Since'61's picture

September 29, 2021 at 08:46 pm

Greetings to you as well Fabio. it's always good to see your posts. Thanks, Since '61

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croatpackfan's picture

September 30, 2021 at 04:03 am

My neighbor, Richard Sherman is a shell of him at his best days. He is slow in speed and slow in reactions nowadays. Why do you think he got only 2,5 mil?

If we will play against Tampa this year I hope he will be on the field. At least one immediate advantage for Packers...

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Fabio's picture

October 01, 2021 at 11:33 am

Hello Croatian!
I too am convinced that it is no longer what it used to be .... but I also think it can follow the WR2 well ..... anyway for that value (2.5M with 500K only guaranteed) I think it's a much better deal than have King
Greetings from Italy
GPG

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jannes bjornson's picture

September 30, 2021 at 12:09 am

As long as they keep Lancaster at his NATURAL Position, NT, he will hold the fort and excel. He is not a three ,four,five or any tech, but a zero. He held serve in that spot and allowed Clark free to earn his pay-grade.

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Leatherhead's picture

September 29, 2021 at 01:18 pm

Buy the offense. On the road, with injuries, and repeatedly boned by the refs, we scored 30.

Sell: The idea that we can’t stay on the field with physical teams.

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candy's picture

September 30, 2021 at 03:10 am

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