Stock down: Christian Kirksey
When the Packers lost Blake Martinez to free agency, it was addition by subtraction. Sure, he could pile up the tackles, but he could not cover anyone to save his life. Then the Packers added Christian Kirksey, who was supposed to be everything Martinez wasn’t.
Well, this year hasn’t been a great start for Kirksey, who has a Pro Football Focus grade of just 31.9. Ouch. It was also reported that Kirksey will likely miss a few weeks with his shoulder injury. He likely won’t miss the season, but he will definitely miss some time.
On top of that, when he was injured, last year’s seventh-round pick, Ty Summers, came in and did a relatively good job. He missed a few tackles here or there, like on Alvin Kamara’s ridiculous touchdown run. But then again, so did everyone else.
Packer Report’s Andy Herman does his own grading, similar to PFF’s. He gave Summers a -0.35, which isn’t great, but was still better than Kirksey, who got a – 0.70.
Christian Kirksey still has time to turn things around after he comes back from his injury, but he hasn’t exactly been irreplaceable this season either.