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players 35-31." />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesHorizontal - WhiteAcme Packing Companya Green Bay Packers communityLog In or Sign UpLog InSign UpFanpostsFanshotsSectionsPackersOddsAboutMastheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 322 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections The APC PodcastPackers Film RoomFantasy Football AdviceCDTShareTweetShareShare2019 Packers 90-man roster ranking Jake Ryan Jersey , 35-31: A tier full of both promise and disappointment. Benny Sieu-USA TODAY SportsWith veteran free agency essentially concluded and the 2019 NFL Draft in the rear-view mirror, Acme Packing Company will once again rank and break down the Green Bay Packersí 90-man roster.These rankings represent a composite of the individual selections from several APC contributors. Today, we reveal players 35 through 31, a group that is...kinda weird? 35. Oren BurksBurks suffered a lost season in 2018. While he was active for 14 games, he was bothered by a shoulder injury for much of it, and he was completely ineffective. Burks is undersized for a linebacker, and while he is a superior athlete, that lack if size raises concerns about his durability. He was a high draft pick, and he will certainly get his chances, and he flashed ability in the 2018 preseason, but itís not a good sign that Burks was not able to play through injuries last season given the general nature of football. If heís right, he can be a terror under Pettine, but heís not off to a great start. That potential will have to show up soon, because potential is all heís got. 34. Josh JonesWhere to even start with Josh Jones, who recently demanded a trade? Jones is another extremely athletic player with questionable football IQ and no natural position. Jones is stuck in that dime linebacker mold, and didnít exactly stand out playing that or any other position. To add insult to injury, he had a bad habit of finding himself offsides on kickoffs. Jones may want a trade, and he may get one, but he doesnít have a ton of leverage outside of becoming a nuisance, and thatís a double-edged sword, as it makes one less marketable. Jones may get his wish, but heís going to need to perform quickly if heís going to stick, as troublemakers dealt away at bargain prices get far shorter leashes than 2nd round picks. 33. Jace SternbergerIn a top-heavy tight end draft Lance Kendricks Color Rush Jersey , Sternberger represents the best of the rest. Heís not the specimen like Noah Fant or TJ Hockenson, but heís a fair receiver and has some nice route-running chops. Heís also, like all current Packer tight ends, an odd choice for Matt LaFleurís offense. Sternberger can get pushed around on his blocking assignments, and when heís in the game, his use is telegraphed. Heís young, and he can improve in this facet of the game, but if youíre looking for immediate impact from the rookie, check your expectations. Heíll likely spend the year behind Graham, Lewis, and Tonyan, and that fact in and of itself makes his selection in the 3rd round, somewhat curious. T-31. Tyler LancasterThe Northwestern product managed to work his way up from the practice squad into a perfectly passable member of the defensive line. Lancaster showed enough to make some of the depth on the team nervous, and received ample playing time as the defensive line cycled through injury replacements. Lancaster is still a project, and thereís a no guarantee a player with his pedigree even makes the team, but once a guy like this this sticks once, he tends to stick for awhile. 31. Mason CrosbyCrosby will be 35 this season, and heís seen a noticeable decline in his field goal percentage two straight years. Heís never had the strongest leg, and no one has benefited more from modern kickoff rules than Mason, who may be unrosterable without them. Heís probably approaching that level more quickly than people think.Crosby is a free agent at seasonís end and itís an open question as to whether this will be his swan song. A popular locker room presence and friends with the right people, the expectation for Crosby is mediocrity. If he meets that, he can go out a Packer hero. The Green Bay Packers envisioned Jaire Alexander as their starting cornerback of the future when they selected him in the first round of this past yearís NFL draft.It didnít take long for that to come to fruition in 2018, as Alexander has started three games this season https://www.thepackersfanshop.com/Davon-House-Jersey , including this past Sunday in Los Angeles.However, Alexander had missed the past two games with a groin injury. Perhaps thatís why, combined with his rookie status, Jared Goff and the Rams appeared to be picking on Alexander. The first-round pick more than held his own.Alexander had five pass breakups against the Rams, which was the most for any Packers defensive back in over a decade. Before Alexanderís performance, only two Green Bay players (for a total of three times) had recorded five or more passes defensed (a PD = passes broken up + interceptions) in a game since 1999.DATEOPPPDINT10/28/2018Rams5011/27/2005Eagles5012/7/2003Bears529/14/2003Lions61In that timespan (passes broken up/defensed is a recent statistic and pro-football-reference.com currently traces it back through 1999), Alexander is just one of eight rookies to have 5+ passes defensed in a game ó Dee Millner did it in back-to-back weeks in December 2013 ó which is even more impressive considering how often quarterbacks target inexperienced cornerbacks.Of the nine such instances by a rookie, only two had five pass breakups ó Alexander and Seattleís Marcus Trufant in 2003.PLAYERDATETEAMOPPPDINTJaire Alexander10/28/2018PackersRams50Kevin Peterson12/31/2017Rams49ers52Jalen Ramsey12/18/2016JaguarsTexans51Dee Millner12/29/2013JetsDolphins52Dee Millner12/22/2013JetsBrowns51Tanard Jackson11/4/2007BucsCardinals51Marcus Trufant11/23/2003SeahawksRavens50Anthony Henry11/8/2001BrownsRavens53Rodney Heath11/28/1999BengalsSteelers52Since 1999, but not including this season, there have been 85 games of a player recording 5+ passes defensed. That comes out to an average of 4.47 per season. However, in this pass-heavy era, the average number of such games this decade is just 3.14 (again, not including this season). Through Week 8, Alexander is the only player in 2018 to have a game with five PD.On four occasions in 2017 did a player have 5+ PD, three in 2016 and í15 and just one in 2014.Of the 23 times it has occurred since 2011, just eight (including Alexander) were all on pass breakups.DATETEAMOPPPDINT10/28/2018PackersRams5012/31/2017Rams49ers5212/24/2017BearsBrowns6112/3/2017DolphinsBroncos5210/1/2017ChargersEagles5012/18/2016JaguarsTexans5110/2/2016RamsCardinals619/25/2016RaidersTitans5011/29/2015RaidersTitans6111/15/2015VikingsRaiders529/27/2015TexansBucs5011/10/2014EaglesPanthers5112/29/2013GiantsRedskins6212/29/2013JetsDolphins5212/22/2013JetsBrowns5111/10/2013RavensBengals6110/6/2013EaglesGiants5010/29/2012GiantsCardinals609/9/2012BroncosSteelers5112/24/2011PatriotsDolphins5112/24/2011JetsGiants5011/27/2011RedskinsSeahawks519/11/2011BrownsBengals50Of the 67 players who have recorded a game with 5+ PD since 1999, only two players ó Anthony Henry and Quintin Jammer ó did it three times and just 15 (including Green Bayís Mike McKenzie) own two such games.After Sundayís game, perhaps Alexander now will get more respect from opposing quarterbacks, making it harder for him to reappear on this list again.<em>Dave Heller</em><em> is the author of </em><em>Ken Williams: A Slugger in Ruthís Shadow</em><em> (a Larry Ritter Book Award nominee), </em><em>Facing Ted Williams Ė Players From the Golden Age of Baseball Recall the Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived</em><em> and </em><em>As Good As It Got: The 1944 St. Louis Browns</em>
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