Packers stock report

Posted Sept. 20, 2011 @ 7:59 p.m.
Posted By Dan Arkush

PFW executive editor and resident Packers expert Dan Arkush identifies three up-and-comers and three players going the opposite directions in his Packers stock report.

Rising

SS Morgan Burnett: In the first two weeks of the season, Burnett might have been the Packers' best defender. Playing much more aggressively in his second season, he came up with a sack and two huge takeaways (interception and fumble recovery) in Green Bay's too-close-for-comfort 30-23 victory over the Panthers.

WR Jordy Nelson: Even though he had only one catch against the Panthers, Nelson is looking more and more like a No. 2 WR in the making behind Greg Jennings. His one catch was a doozy — an 84-yard TD that gave the Packers a 14-point lead with 2:14 remaining. Clearly, his chemistry with Aaron Rodgers keeps improving. In his last eight games, counting last year's playoffs, Nelson has five TDs and 610 receiving yards (76-yard average).

S Charlie Peprah: Thrust into the starting lineup in place of the injured Nick Collins, Peprah's value has no doubt skyrocketed. Based on the fine job he did at strong safety last season replacing the injured Burnett, Peprah deserves the benefit of the doubt for now.

Falling

WR Donald Driver: One week after looking like he had the No. 2 WR job nailed down with a solid effort, Driver became the Packers' receiving corps' latest forgotten man, catching only one pass for 10 yards. Look for at least one receiver per week to show up in this stock report, as it appears every week there's going to be one or two odd men out in Green Bay's fully loaded offense.

CB Sam Shields: After finishing with such a flourish last season, the Packers' third corner is not off to the greatest start. He played very unevenly in Week One against the Saints and seemed really out of sorts against Carolina for the most part, missing three tackles.

RB Ryan Grant: Grant's stock isn't dropping because he's not performing well. He actually looks better with every carry. But as each of the first two games wore on, James Starks clearly emerged as the Packers' primary back, more than doubling Grant's snaps.