Good, Bad and the Ugly: Green Bay Packers vs. N.Y. Giants

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Jarrett Boykin is proving he is the real deal.
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Jarrett Boykin

This kid is proving himself to be the real deal. I think when Randall Cobb returns to the lineup, McCarthy will be forced into spreading four guys out wide.

There is just no way we can take Boykin out of the picture now. He has come up with some monster grabs, he shows great awareness and body control.

What he lacks in speed, he makes up for in agility. He knows how to make a defender (or two) miss. He developed into a downfield threat nearly overnight. He is gaining the confidence of whomever is under center.

Jordy Nelson

He is just amazing. This guy is an elite receiver who does NOT get the attention and credit that he deserves.

He is virtually overlooked in favor of the Victor Cruz and Roddy Whites of the world, but I would take his skill set over any other receiver in the league.

He isn’t the biggest guy, but he is fast as lightning. He shows more body control on the sideline of any player in the league. He makes every catch – he just doesn’t drop passes. He does things that science can’t explain and he is a great asset to this receiving corp.

Brad Jones

Before missing a couple weeks due to injury, Jones was a great player. Since being back, he’s just unstoppable.

He’s versatile, he’s quick, he’s big and he is strong. That sack of Eli Manning late in the fourth quarter was amazing. Manning didn’t even have a chance to turn around and Jones was draped all over him.

He led the team yesterday with 13 tackles and a whopping 11 of them were solo. He’s just a playmaker and without a healthy Clay Matthews, he’s doing just what we need him to.

Datone Jones

The beginning of the season wasn’t as explosive as we were expecting from this first-rounder, but he is finding his groove.

His snap count is increasing and so are his sack numbers. He now has four sacks in just three games. He is becoming the playmaker that we were hoping he’d be. With Matthews, Perry and Neal at full strenght, Jones is a great complement to that deep pass rushing squad.

Scott Tolzien (minus the picks)

Yes, I can say “minus the picks” and still make him a GOOD. He was pretty impressive yesterday if you exclude the rookie mistakes.

Remember, he IS a rookie right now. This was his first-ever start in the NFL. He hasn’t even been with this team since the offseason and yet, he commanded the offense, he ran the playbook, he showed poise and presence in the pocket.

Yes, he made some ill-advised throws. But overall, he has shown much potential in these two losses and I’m excited about him going forward.

Clay Matthews (minus the cast)

He’s coming along. Last week was bad, but he had more mobility this week, got to the QB a couple of times and batted down two passes. He was shedding blocks better. He isn’t himself, by any means. But he is making his way back slowly, but surely.

And that alone is reason to be happy.

Mason Crosby

That 57-yarder was great. I think he is being encouraged by his continued consistency.

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