Three disappointing Packers from the 2020 regular season

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Green Bay Packers, Christian Kirksey
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The Packers had a few disappointments from a great 2020 season.

Recently, I did an article looking at breakout players in 2020 for the Green Bay Packers. Today, I thought I would do the opposite of the and look at some disappointments from the 2020 season.

To be quite honest, the Packers had a great season overall and I feel there were fewer disappointments than there were breakouts which is why I will only have three on this list.

In a year where the defense had its fair share of struggles, a lot of the individual performances were still strong. However, not everyone had their best season and the defense is where I would like to start here.

Christian Kirksey has been a disappointment for the Packers

Disappointment #3: Christian Kirksey

Christian Kirksey, coming into the 2020 season was thought of as the prize signing for the Packers in the offseason. This couldn’t be further from the truth.

Kirksey had a really poor season as the MLB of the Packers. He dealt with injuries early on and was arguably outplayed by the two rookies behind him.

While it must be stated that Kirksey did start to turn it around towards the end of the season, he struggled throughout most of the year. Kirksey finished third on the team in tackles behind Adrian Amos and Krys Barnes.

Kirksey was given a 44.0 grade by Pro Football Focus which was 73rd out of 88 qualified linebackers. He was a liability in pass coverage and didn’t provide much in terms of rush defense either.

Many people thought that Kirksey would be an immediate upgrade over the departing Blake Martinez and this was not the case in 2020.

I’d be surprised if he was brought back next season, especially given the play of rookies Krys Barnes and Kamal Martin.