It’s no secret that the Packers have way too many injuries at this point. It’s never good to see so many key players out and banged up, but at least one silver lining is that it allows for the team and fans to see some of the younger talent….and Donald Driver. So instead of spending more time lamenting about how most of the receiving unit is injured, no John Kuhn, and the piling injuries on defense, this week’s five Packers to focus on will give some of the guys who will need to step up if the Packers are going to defeat the Jacksonville Jaguars.
WR Donald Driver – It’s been a tough season for Donald Driver so far. He hasn’t been used much in the offense and is quickly becoming forgotten with the emergence of Randall Cobb and James Jones. This week could be Driver’s chance to remind everyone what he can do with Greg Jennings going under the knife and Jordy Nelson healing up a bad hamstring.
WR Jarrett Boykin – This is a name that has not gotten much press time around here since August. Boykin has had a little less action than Driver, but like DD, should see his looks increase this week. Boykin has shown an ability to run tight routes and make good catches. Throw in the fact that he gets to make the Jaguars pay for letting him leave their building and a good game could be on the horizon.
TE D.J. Williams – I could just as easily highlight Tom Crabtree here, but my gut tells me the absence of Kuhn will benefit Williams more. The Packers are going to need an H-back option to help block but also catch check down passes. Williams has shown a very good ability for that this season. If he can step up his game he may even pass Crabtree by for the number two TE spot on the roster.
NT B.J. Raji – Raji has shown more spring in his step so far in practice this week, which may signal his triumphant return. It couldn’t of come at a better time. The Packers need more playmakers and leaders with the departure of Charles Woodson, but if the game gets out of control then the Packers can also let Raji rest after getting a taste of action.
CB Casey Hayward – Hayward got his first real test last week as the starter. He was targeted and he came away with an interception and a defended pass. Not too bad. His role should expand even more now that Woodson is unavailable. If he can continue to make things happen in the secondary he will be an even stronger candidate for DROY.