Whose stock is rising, falling following the Green Bay Packers’ tie against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 2?
The Packers‘ Week 2 matchup against the Vikings didn’t give fans quite what they were hoping for, but Sunday’s game certainly didn’t lack in excitement.
This week we will discuss whose stock is up, and whose stock is down following the game.
Jamaal Williams: This was a big game for Williams. His performance won’t be too flashy when you look at the box score, but he showed a ton of improvement in this game from his Week 1 performance. It’s worth watching who wins the battle for carries next week between Williams and Aaron Jones.
Jimmy Graham: Graham was impressive on Sunday, the Packers have a lot of reasons to be optimistic about him in green and gold so far.
Jaire Alexander: Alexander has been an excellent addition to the Packers’ secondary thus far, not to mention he was a force to be reckoned with on special teams this week.
Mason Crosby: The Silver Fox was nearly perfect on Sunday despite having several tough kicks. Crosby is definitely one of the Packers’ Week 2 MVPs.
JK Scott: The Packers have been looking for a reliable punter for years, and Scott has been exactly that through two weeks.
Mike McCarthy: McCarthy did a great job designing plays that limited the hits Aaron Rodgers took against a ferocious Minnesota defense. If McCarthy keeps coaching like he has in the first two weeks, he could be in line for a contract extension in a few months.
Brian Gutekunst: Gutekunst’s first two draft picks, Jaire Alexander and Josh Jackson, have been impressive thus far, not to mention that Saints’ first-round pick that was acquired last April is looking better and better.
Ty Montgomery: Montgomery didn’t capitalize on the expanded opportunity that he had in the first two weeks of the season with Aaron Jones suspended.
His versatility won’t hurt his market if he hits free agency in the spring, but it’s hard to see Montgomery getting a big contract at this point.
Packers offensive line: It’s hard to fault an offensive line too much when they are going against a stacked Minnesota defensive line, but it seemed like Rodgers had to get rid of the ball quicker than normal on every pass.
Muhammed Wilkerson: Wilkerson has been a decent addition thus far, but he should have been better against this Minnesota offensive line.
Clay Matthews: Matthews would be more effective as an inside linebacker, but Mike Pettine won’t be able to put him there thanks to the Packers’ horrendous pass rush depth.
Week 2 was an opportunity for Matthews to have a resurgence against a mediocre offensive line, unfortunately he didn’t capitalize on that opportunity.
Kyler Fackrell: It’s surprising that Fackrell made the Packers’ roster in the first place. This game showed once again that Fackrell can’t be trusted as a pass rusher. The Packers should explore acquiring a veteran pass rusher at this point.