Dec 22, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers fullback John Kuhn (30) spikes the ball after scoring a touchdown in the 4th quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

John Kuhn: Green Bay Packers free agent must return

Green Bay Packers fullback John Kuhn runs with the ball as San Francisco 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis (52) tackles during the second quarter of the 2013 NFC Wild Card playoff game at Lambeau Field. Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports photograph


The Green Bay Packers have a long list of free agents and the reality is that they won’t be able to re-sign all of them.

Many of the free agents we would expect to definitely return as a Packer – guys like James Jones and Sam Shields. There will also be a few who we would expect to go in a different direction, such as B.J. Raji and Seneca Wallace.

There is one guy, however, that I really want to see in the Green and Gold come next season.

John Kuhn

John Kuhn
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That man is John Kuhn.

John Kuhn is your typical blue-collar football player that gets the job done no matter what. Though he doesn’t get all of the attention like an Aaron Rodgers or Jordy Nelson, he still plays an integral role in the Packers’ offense. Whether it’s a 4th and inches at the 5o or a 4th and goal at the one yard line, you bet John Kuhn might be getting the ball.

This season Kuhn carried the ball 12 times for 40 yards. At first glance, that doesn’t seem too important, but remember, those are in a lot of third and fourth downs that the Packers needed to convert.

In all, he tallied 7 first downs for the Packers. He even busted a 12-yard carry against the New York Giants! KUUUUUUUHN! He even caught 15 passes for 97 yards this season. Another sure thing when it comes to John Kuhn is ball security. He’s only fumbled a couple times in his entire career.

Very few teams utilize the fullback position like the Green Bay Packers do. That being said, it’s important to have a good fullback, and Kuhn is a perfect fit in Green Bay.

Packers fullback John Kuhn.

Finally, he’s what got the Packers into the playoffs this year in the win against the Chicago Bears. He was able to get a piece of Julius Peppers that set Rodgers free out of the pocket and the rest is history.

I’d say the only thing he needs to work on is his approach to Lambeau Leaps when it is cold and snowy. Maybe a few practice leaps before the game?

I think I speak for a lot of Packers fans when I say we hope Kuhn is back next season. Let’s hope he and Green Bay can make a deal.


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  • billy

    I think its safe to say he’ll be back, there isnt exactly a long list of suitors for a person of his niche…and if he does bolt, I’m quiet sure Lacy or any of the backs can handle the job…he aint going anywhere though, one of Rodgers and McCarthy’s fav’s..just dont use him in short yardage when you have a talent like Lacy please…

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  • JaKa

    Kuhn is certainly an impact player who picked up the pace a notch this year. The whole backfield unit played with some spunk unheard of, like beyond the call of duty, punishing defensive counterparts as only very talented, physically fit for football, mean, tough cat’s can do. My hat goes off to the change in coaching from two seasons ago, whatever was done to adjust to this pace that cannot be topped. They played to the max, as a unit. Maybe it was just the abandonment Eddie runs with rubbing off, I don’t know, but they sure did.
    One big element you forgot about and I have to think it’s a cardinal sin for a writer to omit the one thing that is on any team overseer’s top 3 list for fullbacks. Vince once said the most important aspect of a fullback is the ability to block. Things have changed, but things have not changed. The pass game has become dominant in the NFL, but the fullback is in position and assigned to block for #12 on the Packers game plans, which is one of the top 3 I mentioned. Running the ball and catching it are the other two attributes most important, and a 4th that should be included is the players temperament, attitude and talent. Teams don’t want a “club banger” (guy who hangs in the nightclubs, ultimately acting like the king gang banger).
    A team like the Packers who will pass quickly and short when the big rush is on, Fullbacks are needed again in the blocking scheme, as well as receiving the passes goes. So, be advises Tommy.