Packers only have three ‘ELITE’ starters, according to Pro Football Focus : Packers Insider

Packers only have three ‘ELITE’ starters, according to Pro Football Focus

June 8, 2014 by  
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By Greg Matzek, June 6th, 2014

~GREEN BAY – As the Green Bay Packers work through the OTA portion of their off-season schedule, the folks at Pro Football Focus have used a variety of criteria to break down the starting talent-level of each roster in the NFL. According to Pro Football Focus, the Packers roster is the eighth most talented in the league.

Rodgers and Matthews are givens. I figured Sitton would be their third “elite”, but Jordy Nelson is pretty close as well.

Ahead of the Packers (in order) are: the Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers, Denver Broncos, New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia Eagles, New England Patriots and Cincinnati Bengals.

The focus of the roster evaluation was players who start on offense and defense. Players were categorized as being elite, high quality, good starter, average starter, below average starter, poor starter, not enough information, and rookie.

Obviously, Matthews and Rodgers are “elite”. But that only helps if they’re on the field healthy. Of course.

After applying their criteria, PFF determined the Packers have three elite starters on their team. Below is the breakdown.

ELITE (3): QB Aaron Rodgers, G Josh Sitton, LB Clay Matthews

HIGH QUALITY (2): RB Eddie Lacy, WR Jordy Nelson

Eddie Lacy was pure “elite” last year. If healthy, he will be again this year.

GOOD STARTER (6): FB John Kuhn, WR Randall Cobb, G TJ Lang, CB Sam Shields, CB Casey Hayward, DL Mike Daniels

AVERAGE STARTER (7): WR Jarrett Boykin, RT Bryan Bulaga, DE/LB Julius Peppers, OLB Nick Perry, ILB Brad Jones, CB Tramon Williams, SS Morgan Burnett

Cobb, Shields, and Nelson have played like elite players. If they stay healthy, they can produce and qualify as “elite”.

BELOW AVERAGE (4): TE Andrew Quarless, LT David Bakhtiari, ILB AJ Hawk, NT BJ Raji

NOT ENOUGH INFO (1): C JC Tretter

ROOKIE (1): S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

In their “By the Numbers” section of analysis, it reads:

“The team (Packers) has almost as many projected blue-chip starters (three, 12.5 percent) as it does below average (four, 16.7 percent), but it is the average players who may dictate the ceiling for this team. Seven projected starters (29.2 percent) grade out as average at this time, and whether those players outperform or under perform that designation will likely determine how good this team becomes.”

For what it’s worth, the Packers are determined to have the most talented starters of any team in the NFC North division.

The Detroit Loins rank 11 on the list, the Chicago Bears are 15 and the Minnesota Vikings rank 29.

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