5 Most Underrated Green Bay Packers Players

5 Most Underrated Green Bay Packers Players

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It’s easy to focus on Aaron Rodgers and Clay Matthews because they’re the stars of the Green Bay Packers. However, there are several players who contribute on a game-to-game basis that result in a Packers victory. What all five players on this list have in common is that they have been known to produce in big-time situations, but they don’t get the enormous credit they deserve either in Green Bay or among the NFL elite.

5. James Starks, RB

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5. James Starks, RB

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James Starks was huge for the Packers down the stretch in 2010. It was his presence that helped lead Green Bay to a win in Super Bowl XLV. Unfortunately, his inability to stay healthy has hurt his running game, which has made him become somewhat unnoticeable. The truth is Starks plays a very important role, even with Eddie Lacy taking over starting duties. He’s the change-of-pace back who can average more than five yards per carry.

4. Mike Daniels, DL

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4. Mike Daniels, DL

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When people think of the best defensive lineman on the Packers, defensive end Mike Daniels isn’t usually a name that comes to mind. The reality is there is no better defensive lineman on the team than Daniels. His ability to apply interior pressure on the quarterback is incredibly valuable. In only his second season, he was second on the team in sacks (6.5) and led defensive linemen with 23 tackles. In my opinion, he’s a star in the making.

3. Mike Neal, OLB/DL

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3. Mike Neal, OLB/DL

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When the Packers re-signed Mike Neal to a two-year deal this past offseason it was obvious fans didn’t understand the gravity of the situation. Neal is an incredibly versatile defensive player who can line up at outside linebacker, defensive end and rush the quarterback from the inside. Not many players on the Packers, let alone the league, can do that. Neal led Green Bay in quarterback hurries (37) in 2013, which is one example of his talent.

2. Tim Masthay, P

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2. Tim Masthay, P

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Punters typically don’t get a lot of credit unless they come up with a jaw-dropping punt or drop a ball inside the five-yard line. Even though Masthay’s statistics aren’t going to blow anyone away, he still comes up big for the Packers when it matters most. His production can be taken for granted, but there’s no denying that he puts Green Bay’s defense in a good position more often than not.

1. Jordy Nelson, WR

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1. Jordy Nelson, WR

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Obviously, Jordy Nelson is hardly a top-five underrated player on the Packers considering he’s one of the most important weapons on offense. What I want to focus on is the entire NFL. In my opinion, there’s no other player in the league who is more underrated than Nelson. He set career highs with four different quarterbacks under center in 2013 and he’s rewarded with being ranked No. 83 in the NFL Top 100. That’s absolutely ridiculous.


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