2. Jimmy Graham
This season has had to have been a disappointment for both Jimmy Graham and the Packers. Graham was the big ticket offensive free agent the Packers signed this offseason, but he hasn’t been the impact player the team thought he’d be.
Graham has had a few good games and this was another one. He finished the day with eight catches for 50 yards.
Rodgers kept looking for Graham at key moments in the game. Graham kept coming open over the middle on shallow routes and was able to give the Packers a key first down on a fourth-down play during the final drive of the game.
Graham has decent numbers overall on the 2018 season (36 catches, 486 yards) but he has not been the guy the Packers thought they were getting. The player who has multiple seasons with double-digit touchdowns.
But Graham may also be a victim of the Packers’ troubles. The offense has struggled all season long on third down and in the red zone, but it never seemed they were trying to get the ball to their biggest (literally at 6-foot-7) target.
3. Blake Martinez
Blake Martinez had another stat-filling game against Arizona. Martinez had 10 tackles on the game.
Overall the run defense did not have a great game and was a big reason why the Packers lost. The inability to get off the field late in the game led to the Cardinals eating up a bunch of clock and getting the go-ahead field goal.
But had Rodgers and the offense been able to pick up a few more first downs and keep the defense off the field in the second half, the performance may have been better.
The Packers are in need of playmakers on both sides of the ball. There should be wholesale changes across the roster this offseason. But players like Martinez are guys they can build their defense around.
Martinez may not be the most spectacular player on the field, but he is as solid as they come.