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Packers Question of the Day: Rookie Dependability

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Packers Question of the Day: Rookie Dependability

After rookie defensive backs Kevin King and Josh Jones both played 100 percent of their defensive snaps in Sunday's win over the Cincinnati Bengals, they're more than likely in line for similar games in which they're depended on heavily.

But is that a good thing?

Historically, teams see to falter in crucial situations with young players at the helm. Is depending on youth a good situation for the Packers to be in, regardless of whether or not they have a choice?


Zachary Jacobson is a staff writer/reporter for Cheesehead TV and a contributor/analyst for the Pack-A-Day Podcast. He can be found on Twitter via @ZachAJacobson or contacted through email at [email protected].

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croatpackfan's picture

It is the best that can happen to all rookies. They may mistake, but the learning is fast and strong. No preaching can replace experience.

As many rookies can start today, better Packers will be in the post season!

J0hn Denver's Gavel's picture

JJ played amazingly well last week. Despite the 12 tackles and 2 3rd down sacks; he did allow a TD. Overall, his performance was still beyond the wildest of expectations. Gotta take the good with the bad when playing rookies, even immensely talented ones. I only see the 2017 top two picks getting better with time. They seemingly have the talent to be a huge part of our D moving forward. Sans jnjuries, there is a lot to be excited about this team moving forward. GPG

RCPackerFan's picture

Actually listening to McCarthy in yesterday's press conference he said it wasn't Jones responsibility on that play.

J0hn Denver's Gavel's picture

I read an article that it was his responsibility but I didn't rewatch the specific play yet. That makes his play on Sunday even better. Thanks for the clarification, RC!

RCPackerFan's picture

No worries. A lot of people even Brian Baldinger on twitter blamed Jones for that play.

They way I look at it, either way its a play to learn from. I'd rather have it happen now then late in the year.

But yes, that makes his dad even better! I don't know if he could have had much better of a debut.

dobber's picture

The only issue as I see it is the mythical "rookie wall".

RCPackerFan's picture

I think King maybe our best CB already, so he definitely needs to play.

Jones maybe our biggest x factor on defense. So playing him is a smart decision.

I liked that they didn't rush them in and had them playing the first week if they weren't ready. But as they showed they are ready for bigger roles. With rookies I don't think there is a specific timetable that says when a rookie should play. I just think they should play when they are ready to. I like easing them into playing time though.

What I like about playing the rookies more now is that they will be able to learn from their mistakes throughout the year. By the end of the year hopefully they will be playing like veterans.

Tundraboy's picture

Baptism by fire is the best teacher. If they have talent it will show, ,and the experience gained will prove valuable when the games become critical. Besides how else do you know what you have, and sometimes you find someone who can make a big impact, like Jones. Next up? AaronJones, Mays? on Thursday?

Turophile's picture

I agree, Tundraboy, with seeing some Aaron Jones and Devante Mays on Thursday. If you run Montgomery into the ground (and they have been doing some of that), he isn't going to be available later in the season when they could really use his versatility against playoff teams.

Duke Divine's picture

I really like Brice but I hope he doesn't come back and take snaps away from JJ!! Jones had more impact plays in one half of last game than Brice had impact plays in one half of a season. Brice is solid but not special. Hope the coaches agree. Same with King.

Also, pretty funny how we aren't banging on Rollins and Randall this week... Lafell had one catch and everyone in the Bengals WR corp was very quite thanks to Green getting the targets and Rollins and Randall playing well. l see these rookies continuing to get better each week. Don't hinder their development due to veteran loyalty.

cuervo's picture

Rollins hardly played until the end of the game when Evans went out....that's why he played well....he didn't play.

Finwiz's picture

I got news for you - Rollins played 7 total snaps. SEVEN
They were talking about it on the radio yesterday.
Somebody obviously saw something they don't like about 24 up in GB after 2 games.

dobber's picture

Certainly when a player who is getting limited snaps leapfrogs over another player (or two) on the depth chart, someone is going to see his snaps diminish significantly.

TXCHEESE's picture

RC said it best. At the end of the year these guy won't be rookies any more. That really helps with our depth in the post season. I believe JJ will be a big contributor in the pass rush as the year progresses.

Since '61's picture

I posted since the end of TC to let both J. Jones and King not only play but start.
By the time the playoffs come they will have a full season of NFL experience. To me that's better than waiting 2, 3 or 4 seasons for everyone to do their leaping only to find they couldn't cut it anyway. As a result we're always waiting for players to make plays. If they have the tools and King and Jones both have the tools they will evolve into good players. Sooner rather than later if they play. Sports are about winning today, the leaping can come later. Thanks, Since '61

Packer Fan's picture

I always felt they needed to play King and Jones. Because we need to be prepared to play Atlanta again at their stadium and match up better against them. So King and Jones need this development by the end of this year. We won't beat Atlanta if Randall and Rollins are starting. Also notice the Pack was five safeties on the field Sunday. The Pack is playing their best players. This should be signals to Randall and Rollins to get better.

MarkinMadison's picture

I agree with the "bring them along slow" philosophy. I think if the Packers had any real choice they would have stretched it out another 2-4 games. But they are here now. If their heads are not spinning off, let them play.

dobber's picture

I agree: the rookies should be brought along slowly if there are other credible players to take up snaps. If they're clearly the better players, those kids should play.

PackfanNY's picture

I think King will take longer than Jones to figure things out. However, I am in the let em' play camp. They clearly are both talented with different skill sets. King will become a solid cover guy and Jones a playmaker. Jones seems to have a knack for being around the play and he seems to tackle well. I expect he will make some big game turning plays in our favor.

Patric Moncada's picture

week 3/4 better than 11/12, plenty of time/practice/film to get to where they want/need to be. Let's see how it shakes out

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