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Packers' Versatile Players

Discussion in 'Packer Fan Forum' started by BorderRivals.com, Jul 16, 2013.

  1. BorderRivals.com

    BorderRivals.com Cheesehead

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    ESPN.com's Scouts, Inc. ran a piece ranking the top-10 most versatile players in the NFC. Topping the list was Cobb. He led the league in all-purpose yardage last year, which probably led to this ranking. And he certainly deserves it because he lines up everywhere. But, I still view him as Percy Harvin 2.0. Not quite to Harvin's level, but same type of versatility, but I think Harvin is better, for now. Cobb has proven to be more durable, though, which is worth something too.

    The point of this threat though is you will notice at number 7 is another Packer. Take a guess.... Hayward? Nope. JMike? Nope. Clay? No. None other than B.J. Raji!?!?!?! Yup, that B.J. Raji. Here is the breakdown:

    7. B.J. Raji, DT, Green Bay Packers
    While the coaches talk about reducing his snaps to keep him fresh late in games, they still want to take advantage of this big man's versatility and athletic ability. The Packers change up their defensive looks a lot, and when they are in their base 3-4, he can line up at nose tackle or defensive end.
    In their 4-3 nickel, he can slide to defensive tackle and at times he can even drop into coverage if they run a zone blitz. Although we don't see it a lot, he is also capable of lining up at fullback on offense in short-yardage and goal-line situations as either a lead blocker or ball carrier.

    I don't buy him as the 7th best versatile player in the NFC. Yes, he can play multiple positions on the line, but his role is similar in all - eat up blockers for the LBers to roam, get some push, and make the play in front of you. And this whole FB nonsense is based off what, three total plays. Come on.
     
  2. El Guapo

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    I agree with your assessments. Cobb hasn't reached Harvin's level yet but has the potential and skills to surpass. Raji is rated to high, but he is more versatile than your typical DL.
     
  3. HyponGrey

    HyponGrey Caseus Locutus Est

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    OL gets no love. Neither does DJ Williams
     
  4. El Guapo

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    OL doesn't deserve any love. They can't pass block for a top 3 QB and they can't run block.
     
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  5. Oshkoshpackfan

    Oshkoshpackfan YUT !!!

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    ^ and the truth be told
     
  6. HardRightEdge

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    It's not worth "something"...it's worth alot.

    Cobb will never be as fast as Harvin, but he might eventually be better...he's still learning the craft of receiving.
     
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  7. HyponGrey

    HyponGrey Caseus Locutus Est

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    True, It's easy to be "versatile" when you suck eggs.
     
  8. buggybill2003

    buggybill2003 Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    Alleluja....testify
     

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