The Green Bay Packers lost 31-0 to the Detroit Lions on Sunday to finish out the 2018 season, and it was as ugly a game to watch as the box score indicates. Still, the team did get a long look at a couple of young players, particularly at wide receiver.
A few individuals who we at APC hoped to see on the field were inactive, however. The most notable name in that group was edge rusher Kendall Donnerson, who has not seen the field since his promotion from the practice squad a month ago. With the Packers hurting for bodies at that position moving forward, it was surprising to not see him suit up for at least one meaningless game down the stretch.
The receiver group got some tough matchups, however, particularly as Marquez Valdes-Scantling played against All-Pro Darius Slay for much of the game. He and Jake Kumerow put plenty of reps on tape while some other young receiving options — J’Mon Moore and Robert Tonyan — got double-digit snaps as well.
It will be up to the next coaching staff to determine how each of these players can best help the team moving forward, but that evaluation piece will have to wait a few weeks until that staff is assembled.
Finally, stay tuned later this week as we break down the team’s snap counts for the entire season.
OFFENSE (56 plays)
DeShone Kizer 47, Aaron Rodgers 9
Rodgers took a big hit and suffered a concussion on his second snap of the game, though he was not pulled from the contest until after the team’s third three-and-out. In that time, he completed three of five pass attempts for 26 yards while taking one sack.
Kizer entered after that, going 16-for-35 for 132 yards and a pick. He did show his athletic ability with some creative scrambles, however, picking up 40 yards on the ground over four carries.
Jamaal Williams 39, Kapri Bibbs 17, FB Danny Vitale 2
There was virtually no running room all day, as Williams gained a net of just four yards on eight carries. Bibbs showed some ability as a receiver, with three receptions for 13 yards, while Williams had three catches for 16.
Marquez Valdes-Scantling 51, Jake Kumerow 47, Randall Cobb 46, J’Mon Moore 16, Allen Lazard 1
With no Davante Adams on the field and Equanimeous St. Brown also out with a concussion, MVS took over as the de facto #1 receiver. He finished in a five-way tie for the team lead in catches with three, but had the most yardage with 43 yards on those receptions, making him the only player with multiple catches who averaged more than 10 yards per reception.
Kumerow had three catches for 19 yards, while Cobb added a 27-yard catch. Lazard caught a pass on his only snap of the day for seven yards, while Moore had one reception for five yards.
Jimmy Graham 39, Robert Tonyan 14, Lance Kendricks 4, Marcedes Lewis 4
Although the Packers got Big Bob Tonyan in the game a bit more this week than in the past, it didn’t show up much on the stat sheet. He had just one catch for seven yards, and he dropped a would-be fourth down conversion on the final play of the third quarter. Graham, meanwhile, caught three passes for 21 yards while Kendricks dropped his only target of the game.
Corey Linsley 56, Bryan Bulaga 56, Justin McCray 56, Lucas Patrick 33, Lane Taylor 32, David Bakhtiari 24, Alex Light 23
It was a revolving door at the guard spots and left tackle on Sunday. The game began with Bakhtiari at tackle, Lucas Patrick at left guard, and Justin McCray at right guard. At halftime, Bakhtiari was pulled, moving McCray out to tackle and Patrick to right guard, with Lane Taylor entering the game at his left guard spot. Later on, Patrick had to leave, forcing Light into the game for the remainder of the second half.
Linsley, meanwhile, played every snap, meaning he has not taken a play off since late in the 2016 season.
DEFENSE (73 plays)
Dean Lowry 65, Montravius Adams 51, Tyler Lancaster 38, James Looney 17, Fadol Brown 15
Lowry made some excellent plays on Sunday, finishing with five tackles and a pair of pass breakups at the line of scrimmage. Check out a film review piece in Wednesday’s Cheese Curds that broke down his game.
Adams, meanwhile, got the next-most snaps, playing a bit ahead of Lancaster due to the latter’s injury issues during the contest. Adams was very active, totaling seven tackles, while Lancaster recorded four. Brown showed a bit of pass-rush ability, with two hits on Lions QB Matthew Stafford.
Kyler Fackrell 58, Clay Matthews 52, Reggie Gilbert 41
The Packers’ only sack in the game was credited to Fackrell, who moved into double-digits on the season with 10.5. It’s quite the turnaround for him this season after a pair of unimpressive years to start his career, and he should be well-positioned for a starting role next season.
Gilbert had three tackles in this game. Finally, after failing to show up on the stat sheet at all the past few weeks, Matthews’ final game of 2018 — and perhaps his final game as a Packer — comes with a single solo tackle.
Blake Martinez 73, Josh Jones 40, Antonio Morrison 28, Oren Burks 5
The Packers used a heavy dose of Jones at nitro linebacker in this game, keeping him closer to the line of scrimmage rather than playing him back at safety. He’s clearly more effective and comfortable in this role, suggesting that the Packers desperately need some help on the back end moving forward. He recorded three tackles in this game while Martinez led the team as usual, picking up 12 total plus a pass defense.
Morrison showed his usual tenacity and aggressiveness, making six tackles (two for losses).
Tramon Williams 72, Kentrell Brice 53, Eddie Pleasant 7
With Jones primarily playing linebacker, the Packers went back to Williams and Brice at safety. At this rate, it will be shocking if Brice returns next season, as his coverage ability is clearly sub-par. He did make eight tackles, but it’s not feasible to keep putting him on the back end given the frequency at which he makes mistakes in coverage.
Tony Brown 73, Bashaud Breeland 70, Josh Jackson 45
For the second straight game, Brown played every snap; this week, he broke up a pass and finished second on the team with nine tackles as Stafford picked on him early and often. Breeland had two tackles while Jackson had one plus a pass breakup.