When the Green Bay Packers lost Clay Matthews, Brad Jones and Nick Perry to injuries, there wasn’t much depth left at the linebacker position. There are many young players who have stepped up and played very well for the veterans while they make their way back from injury. The player, who has distanced himself from the rest of the linebackers, is third year player Jamari Lattimore.
Lattimore, who stepped in to play for Brad Jones when he was injured, has made it a very difficult decision for defensive coordinator, Dom Capers, who continues to start for the Packers at inside linebacker. Before Jones was injured he was the defensive signal caller, and when he exited A.J. Hawk took over those duties. It seems as if the Packers will use a rotation while with the three linebackers, due to the fact of how well Lattimore has played when thrust into big games.
Lattimore has combined for 27 tackles and has two thus far this season, and on Monday night against the Chicago Bears Jamari came up with a huge punt block that set Green Bay in great field position. The Packers were able to punch it in from 32 yards out on a run from James Starks. Later in the game, Lattimore, was heard from again, the Packers tried a surprise onside kick and the kick was recovered on the bottom of the pile by Jamari. Lattimore is starting to become more than just a backup for the injured linebackers, he is making a case that he is also worthy of a starting spot on this roster.
Jamari brings a new energy to the Packers that will help them in the coming few weeks when more hones will be placed on the defense and with Aaron Rodgers sidelined for at least three weeks with a broken clavicle. Lattimore will continue to be an impact on the Packers defense and give them another good linebacker who can help propel the team to the top of the NFC North and another division title.