5 Packers who won't survive the rest of the 2023 season

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3. Keisean Nixon

Keisean Nixon landed first-team All-Pro honors for his game-changing return ability last season, but he hasn't made the same impact so far in 2023.

If anything, Nixon's kick returns have done more damage to the Packers than good. He takes the ball out at any opportunity, even in situations where letting the ball bounce out of the end zone would be preferable. Instead of a touchback giving the Packers possession at the 25-yard line, Nixon's returns often result in worse field position.

According to Josh Hermsmeyer of Air Yards, the Packers have taken the ball out of the end zone 10 times, which is more than any other team. This has resulted in -63 net yards and cost the Packers 4.5 expected points. This season, Nixon taking the ball out of the end zone is hurting the Packers.

Nixon also hasn't played well on defense. According to Pro Football Reference, he has allowed a passer rating of 106.8 in his coverage. For perspective, Tua Tagovailoa has the league's best passer rating at 114.1. Quarterbacks are completing 81.8 percent of passes in Nixon's coverage.

Green Bay has strong depth at cornerback, and Eric Stokes' return could cost Nixon a starting job on defense.

The Packers won't release Nixon. Nor should they. But they should consider trading him to a team in need of special teams help. Nixon can play various roles on special teams, not just returning kicks.