Green Bay Packers 2016 Season Recap
The 2016-2017 Packers season was full of tremendous highs and lows. Green Bay started the year with a 4-6 record, only to win eight straight before falling in the NFC Championship Game. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers notched yet another MVP-caliber season, leading the NFL with 40 touchdown passes. His "run the table" comments will go down as one of the best soundbites in Packers history.
2016 Packers Game-by-Game Recap
From the season's first game in Jacksonville to the NFC Championship Game in Atlanta, here's how the Packers 2016 season unfolded.
It’s easy to look back at this game and say, “Yeah, this is where it all started to turn around.” But it wasn’t even close to a sure thing at the time.
The Packers drop a close game in primetime to the rival Vikings in the debut of quarterback Sam Bradford.
2016 Packers Players Evaluations
We reviewed every Packers player on the roster during the regular season and discussed whether they met expectations in 2016.
When general manager Ted Thompson makes a trade outside of the NFL Draft, it’s a big deal. Running back Knile Davis was in his fourth season in the league and third on the depth chart in Kansas City until Green Bay sent a conditional draft pick to acquire him in October.
Kyler Fackrell has never been one to rush into things. He took a year off between high school and college and painted houses before enrolling at Utah State. And in his rookie season with the Packers, Fackrell eased into a role as a special teams performer and spot-duty outside linebacker.
The 2013 NFL Draft was a strong one for general manager Ted Thompson. Many expected second-round pick Eddie Lacy – the 62nd of the draft – to have the greatest impact on the team. In 2016, the 63rd pick of that draft found his way to Green Bay and helped solidify the Packers running game as they ran the table.
2016 was easily Micah Hyde’s best season as a pro. He showed his jack-of-all trades value in a huge way this year, filling in for Morgan Burnett at safety, Quinten Rollins and Damarious Randall at corner, and even Joe Thomas at a hybrid linebacker-type position.
Cornerback Sam Shields and safety Nick Collins have a lot in common. Both were given long odds to make it in the NFL. Collins was from small school Bethune-Cookman and Shields converted from wide receiver to cornerback in his senior season at Miami. Now, both may be sent from the NFL because of career-ending injuries.
Expectations were extraordinarily high for rookie linebacker Blake Martinez. Dom Capers and the Packers defensive coaching staff was heaping praise on the Stanford graduate. The quick study earned himself a starting job. If an NFL player was defined by their July and August, Blake Martinez was the MVP of the league.
A year removed from ACL surgery, it was fair to wonder what kind of performance the Packers would get from Jordy Nelson in 2016. Recovery timelines can vary widely, and many athletes don’t see a full recovery from serious knee surgery until almost two years after they go under the knife.