2021 Packers Stock Report: Week 7

Take a look at the stock report for the Green Bay Packers after a 24-10 win over the Washington Football Team in Week 7.

There are a lot of positives to take away from the Green Bay Packers 24-10 win over the Washington Football team on Sunday.

Down a handful of impact starters, the Packers really controlled this one from start to finish. Of course, Washington isn’t a very good football team, but Green Bay did what it needed to do to earn the win.

Short week, so let’s get right into the stock report from the Week 7 win.

BUY

Rashan Gary- Here’s a guy I haven’t added to the buy, sell or hold list all season. But in reality, he’s quietly having a nice season. His best game was on Sunday, of course. He recorded seven total tackles, two sacks, four quarterback pressures and a forced fumble. He’s also in the top five in the league in quarterback hits. This is exactly the type of progress the coaching staff was hoping to see in year three for Gary. Without the Smith brothers, Gary will continue to the field for the majority of the game. Buy.

Red-zone defense- Much has been made about the struggles of the Packers defense in the red-zone. Before the game on Sunday, the Packers had given up 15 touchdowns in 15 straight red-zones defended. Not good. However, the squad turned it around and stopped the Football Team three times in the red-zone on Sunday. It needed to be fixed, and it looks like the defense got the message.

Rasul Douglas- If Rasul Douglas plays like he did on Sunday, and the Packers defense returns Kevin King and Jaire Alexander to the mix, then hoo-boy. We’ve got a defense. Douglas played solid in his first game two weeks ago stepping in for Isaac Yiadom, but he played even better against the Washington Football Team. He was the highest-graded Packer defender according to PFF, only allowing one catch for four yards. Also, that pass-interference call against him was very bad. Douglas will be relied on heavily in the coming weeks.

SELL

Interior offensive line- I don’t want to single out any player on the offensive line, but I think we can all agree it wasn’t the unit’s best performance of the year on Sunday. The interior especially struggled with some of the stunts and looks Washington was running when the Packers were playing out of the empty formation. There were a couple sacks. Plus, the offense struggled to run the ball. Hopefully in a few weeks, the group as a whole will get back to full strength with the return of Josh Myers and left tackle David Bakhtiari.

Field goal unit- This unit has struggled at various points throughout the season. First, there was a blocked field goal in the Steelers game that the Packers were lucky there was an offsides call on. Then, there was a bad day at Cincinnati. On Sunday, we saw another miscue on a blocked field goal. Part of it was leakage. Part of it was a low-trajectory kick from Mason Crosby. Right now, it’s a unit that has to be better.

HOLD

AJ Dillon- Everybody loves AJ Dillon. He’s been a solid No. 2 running back behind Aaron Jones all season long. He had his worst day of the year over the weekend. He struggled to hold onto the ball, fumbling twice, with one being recovered by the visitors. I’m putting him on hold, because I know there will be a game soon where he plays well again. He’ll bounce back. I wouldn’t be shocked to see him do it on Thursday night.

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Gunnar Davis is a lifelong Packers fan and a recent graduate of Simpson College, where he was a 3-year letterwinner on the offensive line and graduated with a degree in multimedia communications. You can follow him on Twitter at @Gunnar57Davis.

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PatrickGB's picture

October 26, 2021 at 04:06 pm

Stock may be down this week for Lazard.

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GunnarDavis's picture

October 26, 2021 at 04:07 pm

Yup, I wrote this article before the news. Might need to update it.

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Oppy's picture

October 26, 2021 at 04:09 pm

Packers are going to have a great opportunity to raise the team stock significantly if they can come out of this game a winner.

Time for everyone to step up, the run game to bone up, and for Rodgers to hit the open WR in progression, no hesitation.

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splitpea1's picture

October 26, 2021 at 06:08 pm

Maybe the market should be closed due to short-term uncertainty....But since it isn't:

Buy: Jones and Dillon. We're probably going to need to rely on them heavily if we want to win this game. Not only that, the Cardinals' rushing defense is allowing 5 yards/attempt. It also benefits us to get in third-and-short for two reasons: it opens up the playbook, and the Cardinals have one of the stingiest third down conversion percentages in the NFL.

Hold: Coaching staff. Let's see if MLF and Rodgers can stick to a dull ball control strategy while taking what the defense gives you again. Barry: Can't wait to see how he handles Murray--it's his biggest challenge so far.

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PewAuKeeFan's picture

October 26, 2021 at 06:59 pm

No challenge for Barry. In fact, no Barry.

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splitpea1's picture

October 26, 2021 at 07:33 pm

Yeah, I forgot. But he'll probably be in touch via technology.

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MarkinMadison's picture

October 26, 2021 at 08:09 pm

So if I told you before the season that this team would be 14-3, with this schedule, how many of you would have said I was being stupid. Check that, how many people actually said I was stupid? Now, what if I told you that, no matter what happens on Thursday, this team still has an excellent shot at being 14-3? Yeah. No Adams, Lazard, Alexander, Z, Bakh, King, or Myers. And this is STILL a team that can be playing at home until the NFCCG. Now, if this team pulls the upset, great. Then you are looking for the #1 seed. Either way, this team is going to be in good shape.

Buy: Jones
Sell: COVID
Hold: Crosby

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

October 27, 2021 at 03:19 am

I don't have any problem singling out the weak link on the OL: it is Royce Newman.

The good news (IMO) is it looks like he can play in the NFL. He needs some time to develop as to his run blocking but a lot of his issues in pass pro seem like brain farts. It is a long season: he might learn on the fly and be a player in time for the playoffs. He might need this rookie season, an offseason plus TC to put things together.

I am not down on Newman for the long term. Even Sitton (2 starts, 11 games) and Lang (3 starts, 16 games) did not get thrown to the wolves as rookies like Newman has been. In any event, when Bakh returns the Packers can re-deploy a pretty good guard/center/tackle in Elgton Jenkins. The offensive line is going to get better.

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marpag1's picture

October 27, 2021 at 03:45 am

Totally agree. Newman is thinking too much as opposed to just reacting. Give him time. This doesn't mean that he will surely improve and gain that "feel" or "instinct," but the only way for him to gain it is for him to play. And while he is a weak link right now, he's far from a disaster. A lot of people are going to get a bit embarrassed by the WFT front.

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jhtobias's picture

October 27, 2021 at 11:48 am

Hold: Newman he should never have beennstarting has talent but needs time is becomming a liability. Not his fault .

Buy: That from ted to gute that they were wrong about inside linebackers, but thankfully we all can change.

Sell: donnot push anyone with an injury to play on thursday. Preston let him get the extra 10 days, Clark ankle take the two weeks to heal , king whatever he will gef hurt again anyway.

Nfl deserves what they get for scheduling thursday nigjt games . Heck showcase love for a trade give rodgers the night off if he wants it.

Getting home field thorought was a longshot anyhow health is more important

Thursday night games equal clown show.

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