Packers Stock Report: Week 13

Packers stock report from week 13.

The Green Bay Packers are fresh off a 30-16 win over the Philadelphia Eagles. Aaron Rodgers hit a career milestone with his 400th career touchdown pass and it was only fitting that it went to Davante Adams. The defense took advantage of a damaged Philadelphia offensive line, combining for seven sacks. Green Bay moves to 9-3 and now holds a three-game lead in the NFC North with their eyes set on the top seed in the NFC.

Here is the week 13 stock report following Sunday’s win against the Eagles:

Buy

Aaron Rodgers

Another day, another three-touchdown game for 12. Rodgers put together another great performance on Sunday, completing 73.5 percent of his passes for 295 yards, three touchdowns, and a passer rating of 128.9. Rodgers leads the NFL in passing touchdowns with 36, but what makes it even more impressive is that he only has four interceptions. After the game, Rodgers said he would like to reach 500 touchdowns before throwing 100 career interceptions. He currently sits at 88, and right now, it doesn’t sound impossible.

Davante Adams

Adams went up against an old nemesis in Darius Slay, who signed with the Eagles during the offseason. Adams picked up right where he left off, dominating Slay just like the days when he played for the Detroit Lions. Adams finished the game with 10 receptions for 121 yards and two touchdowns. He’s already eclipsed 1,000 yards on the year, and if he hadn’t missed two games in 2020, Adams would be on track for a historic season.

Aaron Jones

Jones delivered the dagger in week 13 with his 77-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. Jones cut through the middle and then made a couple of guys miss before turning the corner. Wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling and left tackle David Bakhtiari were Jones’ escorts on the run. The long touchdown run will go down as one of the better plays from the team this season. Jones flashed incredible elusiveness, and it showed a collective effort from the blockers.

Kingsley Keke

The second-year player out of Texas A&M is quietly putting together a good year. Keke is now up to four sacks in 2020, and he had two in the first half against Philadelphia. Keke won two monstrous reps facing future Hall of Famer Jason Peters to bring down quarterback Carson Wentz. Keke’s growth could take some of the burden off Kenny Clark’s shoulders as the main playmaker along the interior. It will also be interesting to see if Keke can stay hot down the stretch. 

Sell

Special teams

Between Mason Crosby’s missed extra point and a 73-yard punt return for a touchdown, the Packers' special teams had a forgettable performance. Crosby has missed extra points in back to back weeks and now has three on the year. Meanwhile, punter JK Scott can’t find any consistency with his leg. His first punt went for just 41 yards, while his second went for 54. Also, the punt return for a touchdown by Jalen Reagor is the second one given up this season by Green Bay’s special teams. They need to get things sorted out before another blunder comes back to bite them in the postseason.

Marquez Valdes-Scantling

Valdes-Scantling will continue to receive praise for his run blocking, but he’s supposed to catch the ball first and foremost.  He dropped another one this week that was right in his lap and could have resulted in a huge gain. If Valdes-Scantling wants to remain as the Packers' main deep threat, he needs to find a way to come down with those types of plays.

 

 

Brandon Carwile is a Packers writer who also enjoys watching and breaking down film. Follow him on Twitter @PackerScribe.

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Comments (36)

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Demon's picture

December 09, 2020 at 04:19 pm

Does anyone here remember when Mike Samuels played QB for the Badgers?

Samuels was a great college QB! He had good size, was extremely intelligent. Great runner, tough as nails, could read a defense, great leader. The problem was he would have trouble hitting the water with the ball if he threw it from a boat.

I think its great that MVS is a willing blocker. His speed and size is a real weapon. If his hands dont improve soon he will likely be relegated to the bench.

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Todd's picture

December 09, 2020 at 04:30 pm

I somewhat agree on MVS since this is his third year, but not necessarily on Samuel. He was a decent/good college QB. Not a great one.

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canadapacker's picture

December 09, 2020 at 12:49 pm

Stop dumping on MVS - Adams had 7 drops last year - just because he is so far downfield they look bigger - Lazard dropped an easy one on Sunday

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Demon's picture

December 09, 2020 at 04:13 pm

Must have touched a nerve huh? Saying that he needs to catch balls that hit him in the bicep is hardly dumping on someone. Relax buddy

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Coldworld's picture

December 09, 2020 at 06:52 pm

I remember when people were screaming to cut Adams because he couldn’t catch. James Jones before that. MVS may improve, or he may not, but as long as he makes teams defend him, and he does, he has the ability to do the things few can as a number 3. His blocking has become a major plus.

Simply put, other teams don’t game plan for him without a reason. He sees as many snaps as he does for reasons which don’t necessarily involve being actually targeted.

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PewAuKeeFan's picture

December 09, 2020 at 09:54 pm

Lazard dropped one. MVS dropped 2. He had no catches.

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Coldworld's picture

December 10, 2020 at 07:48 am

MVS dropped 1. The other didn’t get to him because Rodgers was hit as he threw.

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TXCHEESE's picture

December 09, 2020 at 01:32 pm

I remember James Jones having maddening drops when wide open early in his career. Have to be patient with the young guys. I would rather see some drops than mental lapses that result in interceptions. You can't coach speed and MVS has that in spades.

Another buy, the OL. Outside of the TB game, these guys have been so solid, you forget how good they're playing.

Time to get the running game rolling this week with Detroit on the schedule and ramp up for December football!

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canadapacker's picture

December 09, 2020 at 01:58 pm

Also time to get the passing defense to tighten up - Detroit had 400 yards passing against the Bears when we only had about 270. Now we ran over that Bears defense - but we cant just play off of those guys that Stafford has to throw to. Hopefully we can stop AP and make Stafford throw a few picks with some pressure.

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TarynsEyes's picture

December 09, 2020 at 02:00 pm

MVS-
"He dropped another one this week that was right in his lap and could have resulted in a huge gain. "

That's his entire problem, he's body catching near every pass. He apparently has no confidence in making a 'hands' catch.

ST-

Wouldn't we all love to have Janis on this squad? Admit it. Yes, yes you would.

Rising stock not to buy yet-

The Defense as a whole. They played well enough against the worst OL in the league, but much more needs to be seen against the better offenses and OL's.

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Tundraboy's picture

December 09, 2020 at 07:21 pm

Yes I would, for a few weeks now I have wished he was still around.

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Bure9620's picture

December 09, 2020 at 07:48 pm

Janis also notoriously was a "body" catcher as well.....just saying they both could(ve) benefit from extended time on the jugs machine

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TarynsEyes's picture

December 09, 2020 at 07:58 pm

It could be hard to eliminate an instinctive trait, catching with the body, regardless of the amount of time on the jugs machine. It could happen, but if after the time on the team, and availability of the jugs machine, either he isn't using it or he can't eliminate the habit. Is he an asset with limits, sure, but eventually the limits become daunting and will require ending the hope. Not this year, but retaining him afterwards without much improvement isn't likely. Better can be found.

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jannes bjornson's picture

December 09, 2020 at 08:12 pm

They should have moved Janis to safety.

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PewAuKeeFan's picture

December 09, 2020 at 10:00 pm

I can visualize that, and he may possibly have become a very good one. Pity MM did not try it.

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PewAuKeeFan's picture

December 09, 2020 at 09:58 pm

The problem with being a body catcher is that your catch radius is severely curtailed. Janis would have been a great WR if he had been able to catch reliably with his hands, plus of course, if he had been able to learn the route tree.

As an ST man, he seemed to be elite.

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Bure9620's picture

December 10, 2020 at 12:36 am

And beat press coverage and run routes

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PewAuKeeFan's picture

December 09, 2020 at 09:56 pm

Taryn:
Yes
Yes
... and Yes!

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croatpackfan's picture

December 10, 2020 at 07:47 am

... or, maybe Trevor Davis. he was even better as gunner than Jeff. And he was catching the ball with his hands. And he was not good route runner same as Jeff...

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fish's picture

December 10, 2020 at 06:01 pm

Trevor Davis is on Washington's practice squad. He could return punts and kicks, be the gunner, and be the jet-sweep guy.

If Austin doesn't pan out, maybe that should be the move for the playoffs.

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Ferrari-Driver's picture

December 10, 2020 at 11:25 am

Taryn, all solid points. Good post.

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stockholder's picture

December 09, 2020 at 02:44 pm

Rodgers,Adams, and Jones sound great. Buy! But I'm not buying Ke ke yet. Sustain. I still believe he'll only succeed with a 4 front. MVS is a Hold. Special Teams is a DUMP. Why waste a penny.

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BBlake's picture

December 09, 2020 at 03:33 pm

Sell- Ervin Greene, Winn. Often injured players are injured often.

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Coldworld's picture

December 09, 2020 at 06:55 pm

Winn is thought likely to be back, not sure about the others. Austin hasn’t exactly been mr durable in recent seasons and we have no comparable backup to Greene. Not something to be happy about.

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TXCHEESE's picture

December 09, 2020 at 04:04 pm

I remember James Jones having maddening drops when wide open early in his career. Have to be patient with the young guys. I would rather see some drops than mental lapses that result in interceptions. You can't coach speed and MVS has that in spades.

Another buy, the OL. Outside of the TB game, these guys have been so solid, you forget how good they're playing.

Time to get the running game rolling this week with Detroit on the schedule and ramp up for December football!

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stockholder's picture

December 09, 2020 at 04:05 pm

Simon Stepaniak. added to the Roster. Not a buy, But Simon needed this. History - TT let Rivera, Wahle, and Sharper go. per Cap. If Simon can get on the field. My feeling is Wagner, Taylor, and King are gone.

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Coldworld's picture

December 09, 2020 at 06:50 pm

Wagner is a tackle. Since Stepaniak has yet to see a snap I’m not willing to go that far. Wagner is also fairly cheap, but maybe not cheap enough given next year’s cap I concede. Taylor is gone, in that he will be a free agent. King is the one I don’t see a replacement for. Stepaniak and Runyon would seem to be the future plan. I liked Stepaniak more than Runyon at draft time, if that proves true we will have done well.

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jannes bjornson's picture

December 09, 2020 at 08:16 pm

I don't think the CAP will drop very much. A short-term shock should be an accommodation not a panic. The NFL has plenty of cash to float a season.

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Coldworld's picture

December 10, 2020 at 07:51 am

One would hope so. Even a freeze is going to make for difficult decisions though.

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fish's picture

December 10, 2020 at 06:04 pm

What I noticed about Stepaniak is that he is extremely strong --- from the waist and up. His legs did not look real strong.

Hopefully I'm either wrong, or he improves his leg strength.

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canadapacker's picture

December 09, 2020 at 06:49 pm

TT did something good for the team with these guys - Marco signed for $20 million with Dallas and played only parts of 2 season - Wahle was a little better - pro bowl in year 1 but got big bucks for little production for Carolina and Seattle. Sharper had some good years - but how much do you pay a D back . I think that we will probably resign Wagner and Taylor but Linsley will be gone- back issues and it looks like we have a good replacement. King has yet to impress me with his tackling and not playing smartly for a whole game.

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croatpackfan's picture

December 10, 2020 at 07:50 am

By official statistic King is one of the best tackler between DB on the team...

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PewAuKeeFan's picture

December 09, 2020 at 09:50 pm

Brandon, you mention Darius Slay to be "an old nemesis" of Adams. Then you contradict that by mentioning that Adams dominated Slay just like he used to do before.

It was actually the other way around. Adams was an old nemesis of Darius Slay.

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Bure9620's picture

December 10, 2020 at 02:36 am

So I will defend MVS in this instance. Many of his drops are on deep shots, some are not. But many are higher level of difficulty catches. Does he have the best hands the league? of course not. But, he does make splash plays and seems to do so at times when the Packers are not clicking on offense. My attitude is this, He has value because when you watch the film, teams are terrified of MVS getting behind them. He does stretch the field and this is his biggest value. He forces open spaces in the secondary which can be exploited by underneath and intermediate routs. Secondaries cannot sit on top of routes like in 2015. This obviously doesn't show up on a stat sheet, either does his feistyness as a blocker. Will MVS ever be a #1 receiver? No, likely not a 2 either. However, that is the case with most deep receivers, John Brown, Taylor Gabriel. Brandon Cooks is a good one whom has been moved all over the league. I doubt MVS gets a second contract but he doesn't drive me nuts either. For a day three pick he actually exceeds the production of the majority of day 3 WRs, even for those whom consider him a coach killer.

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Slim11's picture

December 10, 2020 at 06:50 am

Your comment about a second contract for MVS is something I didn't think about. He might...and it a BIG might...because of two things.

First, catching the ball is a problem. If he improves his consistency a little bit, it will be to his advantage.

Second, and this is a problem for a player in his situation, he is not playing on STs. Jarrett Bush and Jeff Janis made themselves into solid ST contributors, especially Bush. If MVS plays on STs AND maintains his current production as a WR, he gets a second contract. The question then becomes where that second contract comes from.

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TXBadger's picture

December 10, 2020 at 10:02 pm

MVS doesn't track the ball well. I don't know if he needs an eye exam or what causes the issue, but you see long passes where the ball only hits one of his hands.

Keke has been inconsistent, but he's shown that he can be a good player.

Rodgers, Adams and Jones are all pretty good. :-)

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