4. Jaire Alexander
Jaire Alexander is not filling up the stat sheets with picks or fumble recoveries. He is not making the game-changing play week after week, but you can’t help but feel those type of plays are coming and they’re close.
Alexander has had a stellar rookie year and as long as he keeps learning and working, will be a high quality cornerback for years to come.
In his first matchup with one of the best there is in Julio Jones, Alexander never looked over-matched and was around the ball every time the ball was thrown in his direction. Alexander took his lumps in the game, but showed the type of resiliency you like to see from young corners. He never hung his head or let the plays snow ball into something bigger.
He does not get a complete pass on the game though. Alexander did muff two punts. He was too quick to take his eyes off the ball and not see it in through the catch. He can not do that. He may have been too excited for a big return to look in the second, but on the first he already made the fair catch and was in no danger of being hit.
Either way, he has to make those catches.
5. Davante Adams
Davante Adams is having as good of a year as any wide receiver has had in Green Bay.
Adams finished the game with seven catches for 81 yards and another touchdown, giving him 12 on the year.
It seems the only thing that can stop Adams this year is an errant pass. He can be covered perfectly, double or triple-teamed, and he still finds a way to catch the ball and get open for Aaron Rodgers.
Adams is on pace to beat the Packers regular season catch record (92 with three to play) of 112 currently held by Sterling Sharpe. He would need to average over 100 yards per game to reach Jordy Nelson‘s record for yards (1,519) — Adams currently has 1,196. But I would not put it past him to do it.
The only Packers record that appears to be safe is Sterling Sharpe’s 18 touchdown catches.
Considering Green Bay’s history of wide receivers, it’s pretty amazing what Adams is doing this year.
The Packers still have the slimmest of chances to get into the postseason. They must win out and get tons of help in order to do so. Regardless of scenarios, I just want to see this team play with pride and finish this season strong.
There’s a lot that can be gained from late-season runs. It was back in 2006 when the Packers won their final four to finish 8-8 and carry that over to the next season to finish within one play of the Super Bowl.