By Chris Langton @Langtron57 on July 29, 2014
There are a few very well known players on the Green Bay Packers. Aaron Rodgers is often discussed as one of the elite quarterbacks in the league. Similarly, the charismatic pass rusher Clay Matthews is a one of the most widely talked about linebackers today. While these two big-name players are obviously important to the team's success, this list names the top five Packers players whose contributions often go unnoticed.
While his 2010 and 2012 seasons were less than productive, James Starks proved to be a valuable asset to the Green Bay Packers in 2011 and 2013. In particular, Starks' most successful season was 2013 in which he was able to provide the speed to complement Eddie Lacy's power rushing. Starks and Lacy combined for almost 1,700 yards last year, and Starks was able to maintain an average of 5.5 yards per carry.
While some people praise Josh Sitton for being one of the best guards in the league, most forget the contributions of his counterpart, T.J. Lang. Drafted in the fourth round back in 2009, Lang has been a starter since 2011. He has proven himself time and time again to be capable in both pass and run blocking.
While Sam Shields is currently the "golden boy" of the Packers' cornerbacks, Tramon Williams has been with the team since 2006 and has been a consistent starter since 2008. During his six starting seasons, Williams has been a consistent tackler and pass defender, averaging 63 tackles and four interceptions per season. With an average of 16 passes defended during that time, he is a solid, reliable corner.
Earlier in 2014, John Kuhn became a free agent. Many people argued that it was time to set him loose, but the Packers brought him back and with good reason. In terms of receiving and rushing yards, John Kuhn is not the most productive of fullbacks. However, he knows the Packers' system incredibly well and is one of the most talented blockers in the game. His block on Julius Peppers late in the 2013 season is one example among many.
Inside linebacker A.J. Hawk is arguably the most consistent player that the Packers currently have on the roster. Since 2006, when he was drafted in the first round, he has been a cornerstone of the Packers' defense, averaging over 100 tackles per season. He has led the team or been second in tackles in each of his eight years. During that time he has only missed two regular season games.
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