Packers: 5 most underrated players so far this season
Five most underrated players for the Packers so far this season.
Big playmakers like Aaron Rodgers, Davante Adams, Aaron Jones, Randall Cobb, Preston Smith, De’Vondre Campbell, Darnell Savage, and Adrian Amos have set the tone for the Green Bay Packers‘ success.
With that being said, there are five underrated players who have also been impactful this season.
5. Rashan Gary
Rashan Gary has become a big-time playmaker on defense as he has swarmed the backfield, making several quarterbacks uncomfortable — Gary has 5.5 sacks and 19 QB hits this year.
His speed is very impressive for a linebacker his size as he uses that quickness to burst through offensive lines to get big sacks. Bringing the heat comes naturally for him.
Gary’s development over the years is a huge part of what makes him such a hard hitter. As he continues to improve, he will become more dangerous. Green Bay should acknowledge Gary as he has brought a lot to the table especially this season.
4. Rasul Douglas
Some were skeptical at first when the Packers decided to add Rasul Douglas to the roster, but the talented cornerback has proved the doubters wrong. With his amazing athleticism and ability to play the ball well, he has been an excellent addition to the Packers’ secondary.
Douglas’ biggest moment was catching the game-winning interception against the Arizona Cardinals. It was a defining moment in his career so far as a Packer.
Adding Douglas to the roster was a smart move by the Packers, and he will continue to bring his A-game.
3. Allen Lazard
Allen Lazard has stepped up big time in recent years and has become one of Aaron Rodgers’ most reliable targets. Not only does he make an impact at receiving, but he is also an excellent blocker.
His blocking for teammates helps the Packers to sustain drives. Being a team player is what makes him a huge asset to his team as he does whatever it takes to get the job done. The Packers are certainly grateful to have Lazard on their explosive offense.
2. Marquez Valdes-Scantling
Since consistency has improved greatly for Marquez Valdes-Scantling, he has been an important component of the Packers’ offense. His improvement is evident as he is playing better than ever. Plus, having Rodgers on your side never hurts.
Catching deep passes is one of Valdes-Scantlings’ biggest strengths. When Rodgers decides to throw the deep ball, he can rely on Valdes-Scantling to handle the rest. The Rodgers/Valdes-Scantling connection has been successful and is fun to witness. Hopefully, we’ll see more of that as the season continues.
Though Valdes-Scantling has struggled with drops in previous seasons, he has proved that he is a legitimate wide receiver who is not going anywhere anytime soon.
1. Robert Tonyan
Green Bay suffered a huge blow when they lost Robert Tonyan for the remainder of the season due to a torn ACL. Prior to the injury, Tonyan was having another fantastic season. Tonyan’s ability to power his way through opponents after the catch is what makes him such a dangerous weapon. Creating big blocks is another strength for Tonyan.
The overall energy Tonyan brings to the team is contagious, and the Packers definitely miss that. It is unfortunate that we won’t see Tonyan contribute for the rest of the season. We certainly wish the best for Tonyan in his recovery and hope for an explosive comeback next season.