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PFW executive editor and resident Packers expert Dan Arkush identifies three up-and-comers and three players going the opposite direction on his Packers stock report.
WR James Jones — So much for being the forgotten man. After entering the Week Five game in Atlanta with only nine catches for 88 yards and voicing his displeasure following a season opener in which he was targeted only once, Jones was Aaron Rodgers' deadliest weapon against the Falcons. He led Packers receivers with five catches for 140 yards, including a 70-yard go-ahead TD with 3:42 remaining in the third quarter and an earlier 30-yard catch on 3rd-and-11 that helped set up Mason Crosby's 56-yard field goal.
PK Mason Crosby — Crosby, who like Jones is operating on a brand-new contract extension, is off to an outstanding start through five games. He has made 16 consecutive field-goal attempts (not counting playoffs) dating back to Dec. 5, 2010 — including four against the Falcons — and is displaying considerable leg strength. In addition to easily connecting on a 56-yard cannon shot that began shifting the momentum in Green Bay's favor Sunday evening and tied his own franchise record, Crosby drilled six of his seven kickoffs for touchbacks and made Falcons Pro Bowl return specialist Eric Weems a virtual nonfactor, with one return for 28 yards.
CB Tramon Williams — Williams is not back to the elite level he displayed down the stretch last season, but he's getting there. Able to slowly but surely provide more physical coverage as he continues to overcome a nagging shoulder injury, Williams combined with fellow CB Sam Shields to do a fine job on Falcons WRs Roddy White and Julio Jones, who caught a combined seven passes for 66 yards and a score.
CB Charles Woodson — Woodson was far from his best against the Falcons. In addition to at least twice missing tackles on Falcons RB Michael Turner in the first half, Woodson was beaten in man coverage for a TD by Roddy White.
RB Ryan Grant — After missing the previous game due to a bruised kidney, Grant's ego was bruised in Atlanta when he lost his first fumble on a running play since Week 16 of 2008, thereby setting up Atlanta's second TD, and played second fiddle to James Starks with seven carries for only 18 yards.
OT Chad Clifton — It had yet to be revealed as of this writing just how severely Clifton had injured his hamstring in the second quarter Sunday night, but it certainly looked like he could be missing at least some time. The good news — at least in Week Five — was that young OTs Marshall Newhouse and Derek Sherrod did a decent job taking over the tackle spots.