Packers stock report: Week Three

Posted Sept. 26, 2011 @ 4:36 p.m.
Posted By Dan Arkush

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

Rising

TE Jermichael Finley: With a healthy Finley back in the mix, Green Bay's already potent offense has taken on an added dimension. Finley's size, speed and sure hands make him a major mismatch for most defenders regardless of position, especially in the middle of the field. It became clear early on that he could be in for a huge day against the Bears, and scoring three TDs in a game for the first time at any level certainly qualifies as "huge" for the imposing tight end.

SS Morgan Burnett: Could Burnett be on the verge of the same kind of breakout Pro Bowl-caliber season that CB Tramon Williams enjoyed last year? So far, so good. Burnett had five tackles and made two interceptions Sunday, one that ended the Bears' second drive and another that stopped a drive in the fourth quarter. He has three interceptions in three games and is looking increasingly comfortable and confident with every snap.

DE Jarius Wynn: Wynn replacing Cullen Jenkins is looking more and more like a win-win situation. He was a key in the Packers' tremendous run defense that completely shut down the Bears' Matt Forté, and he made a statement in the third quarter with a pair of sacks for 16 yards in losses.

Falling

S Charlie Peprah: Peprah was the first to admit that his first start of the season with Nick Collins no longer in the lineup left a lot to be desired. He was picked on frequently and was the fall guy on Bears TE Kellen Davis' 32-yard TD catch that cut the Packers' lead to 27-17 with 11:46 left in the fourth quarter.

RB James Starks: After establishing himself as the team's primary back in the first two games over Ryan Grant, the tables were dramatically turned on Sunday. While Grant romped for 92 yards on 17 carries, averaging 5.4 yards per carry, Starks just didn't have it at all, managing only five yards on 11 carries and coughing up a fumble after a hit by Lance Briggs.

OLB Clay Matthews: Matthews actually had a very solid effort against the Bears with a QB hurry and three big tackles for loss, including one that set the tone for the afternoon when he brought down Bears RB Matt Forté one yard behind the line of scrimmage on Forté's first carry of the game. But after registering six sacks through three games last season, Matthews has only one sack — a statistic that's hard to ignore when you're talking about a player considered arguably the league's most dynamic young pass rusher based on his first two seasons.