Packers: Top five performers vs. Raiders in dominant Week 7 win
By Jesse Fry
5. Danny Vitale
It’s always a good time when you can put a fullback on this list. Thought to be a dying position in the NFL, the Packers and Matt LaFleur are making sure to keep it alive.
Danny Vitale didn’t have great stats, but him making this list has more to do with the potential he has in this offense. Vitale is a big, physical fullback with speed and can add an extra dimension to the Packers’ offense.
The Packers could use him in the same manner the 49ers have used Kyle Juszczyk, and make this offense even more dangerous.
Vitale showed that type of promise on his two receptions in this game. His second catch was a scheme beauty. Vitale looked like he was going to be the lead blocker for Jones on a run fake, then blew past the linebacker, allowing Jones to pick up the rushing linebacker while Vitale was wide open for a big gain.
Vitale isn’t on the field as much as Jones or Williams, but he adds another weapon in the passing game while being a punishing lead blocker. As the offense continues to evolve, I expect Vitale’s role to increase.
Next up for the Packers is a primetime matchup with the Chiefs. The game may have lost a little luster with the injury to Patrick Mahomes, but this is still going to be a tough game as the Chiefs still put up 30 points against the Broncos without Mahomes.
For now, the Packers can enjoy their highest point total of the 2019 season so far, and hopefully get their number one receiver back healthy.