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/>Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesAcme Packing Company homepageHorizontal - WhiteAcme Packing Companya Green Bay Packers communityFollow Acme Packing Company online:Follow Acme Packing Company on TwitterFollow Acme Packing Company on FacebookFollow Acme Packing Company on InstagramLog in or sign upLog InSign UpSite searchSearchSearchAcme Packing Company main menuFanpostsFanshotsSectionsPackersOddsAboutMastheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 321 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections The APC PodcastPackers Film RoomFantasy Football AdviceCDTOn Tuesday Bart Starr Jersey , SB Nation published an article by Charles McDonald entitled “10 unwritten rules for not screwing up your jersey number.” These rules take into account a combination of aesthetic observations, historical trends, and players’ positions to compile some dos and don’ts for NFL players.With this article in mind, APC thought it would be interesting to see how well the Green Bay Packers adhere to these suggestions, both on the current roster and in recent years. Rule 1: no defensive backs shall wear #46The Packers currently follow this rule carefully. 46 has been assigned to a host of unspectacular running backs in recent years, including Alonzo Harris, LeShun Daniels, Kapri Bibbs, and currently Malcolm Johnson. Going back a few years further, Vince Workman donned it during his Packers career.However, if you look farther back, we find that the two most successful Packers to wear the number were indeed defensive backs. Safety Steve Luke wore 46 from 1975 to 1980, spending five of those seasons as a starter. And going even farther back, we find Packers Hall of Famer Hank Gremminger, who started at cornerback and safety for nine of his ten seasons with the team from 1956 to 1965. However, it’s safe to say that numbering rules for the modern age did not apply then — after all, the league did not mandate certain numbers for certain positions at that time.Rule 2: defensive linemen should not wear numbers in the 60sCurrently, the Packers are safe, and for the most part they have reserved numbers in the 60s for offensive linemen and long snappers. None of the linemen on the current 90-man roster are in this area — they’re largely in the 90s (more on that shortly) with a few stragglers like Mike Danies (76), Eric Cotton (59), and Deon Simon (79). Matt Brock was an exception to this rule, however, as he wore 62 for most of his Packers career. Brock started 61 games and recorded 12.5 sacks for the Packers from 1989 to 1994. The most notable recent Packers defensive lineman in this group was Mike Pennel, who wore 64 for three seasons from 2014 to 2016. However, Pennel switched to 98 when he left to play for the New York Jets in 2017.Rule 3: 10s are now better than 80s for wide receiversThe Packers’ most recent high draft picks at wideout have stuck with the recent trends around the NFL and chose numbers in the teens — Randall Cobb took 18 in 2011 and Davante Adams chose 17 when he became a Packer in 2014. The only other receiver that the Packers have drafted on day two since 2011 was third-rounder Ty Montgomery Ray Nitschke Color Rush Jersey , who wore 88. (Montgomery, of course, became the subject of one of the sillier jersey number debates in recent history after his position switch to running back.) Currently, Adams of course is the star receiver on this team, and he’s squarely in the upper echelon of NFL receivers so wearing a number in the teens puts him in good company.Perhaps this will give a slight boost to second-year Packer Equanimeous St. Brown (#19), the only one of the three wideouts drafted in 2018 to pick a number in the teens. J’Mon Moore wears 82 while Marquez Valdes-Scantling picked 83. Meanwhile, the other presumed starter at wideout, Geronimo Allison, is also in the 80s, wearing #81.But when it comes to the elite players, the Packers’ top receiver is right in line with this rule.Rule 4: Linebackers can only wear numbers in the 40s if they’re fast enoughThis is a recent rule, as linebackers only recently got blanket approval to wear numbers in the 40s starting in 2015. Prior to a few years ago, they could only get that number if there were no other eligible numbers available (similar to tight ends).However, the Packers have a pair of linebackers wearing numbers in the 40s: Oren Burks (42) and Ty Summers (44). Both meet the arbitrary criteria of a 4.60 40-yard dash that I’m setting here: Burks ran 4.59 at the 2018 Combine while Summers ran 4.51 this year.In recent years, we might have had a slight issue. Jake Ryan wore 47, but his 40 time was 4.65 seconds and he did not seem to play quite that fast. But with him now in Jacksonville, that’s their problem. Likewise, Vince Biegel and his 4.67 time got 45, but he’s in New Orleans now and wearing number 59.Rule 5: Running backs should not wear 39This is mainly about the appearance of number 39 — it looks big and bulky, not nimble and agile. Cornerback Chandon Sullivan has that number at present, so we’ve got no issues here for now according to this rule, though I argue it should be extended to corners so that only safeties or fullbacks wear the number.In team history, the Packers only ever had one notable running back wear 39: that was Darrell Thompson in the early 1990s, and he was hardly a speedy back.Rules 6 and 7: Numbers in the 90s and 20s are all greatNo argument here. Big guys need big-looking numbers — for example, 97 just works for Kenny Clark. There’s something sleek about a two for a running back or a DB , and 23 is a great look for a player with as much swagger as Jaire Alexander. One interesting nugget from this year’s group is that Josh Jones switched from 27 to 24 this offseason. Why? Who knows.Rule 8: Only #8 is a bad quarterback numberPoor Tim Boyle. He’ll be relegated to the third string forever under this rule, which says that aside from Steve Young, QBs wearing 8 are entirely devoid of any sort of swagger. As McDonald noted, think about the recent starting quarterbacks in the NFL who wear it: Kirk Cousins, Sam Bradford...yawn.Rule 9: 50-55 are the good 50s numbersYep. Look at the names of players on the Packers’ 90-man roster currently wearing numbers in the bottom half of the 50s:Blake MartinezKyler FackrellRashan GaryKendall DonnersonJames CrawfordZa’Darius SmithAnd now the guys from 56 to 59: Randy Ramsey, Adam Pankey, Greg Roberts, Brady Sheldon, Eric Cotton. (Pankey and Roberts both have 57 for the time being.)That’s quite the dropoff. In fact, from 56 to 59, the only particularly good Packers player from recent memory who comes to my mind as I write this was center Mike Flanagan, who wore 58.<hr class="p-entry-hr" id="MMiyxC">In total, it seems that the Packers have done a good job sticking to the trends laid out in this piece, at least at present. Got any other big rules that should have been included in the list? Let us know in the comments. Week one of the NFL season is behind us, but owning Green Bay Packers players in your fantasy football leagues last week did not do you any favors. That is, unless you had the Packers defense, which played great in Chicago. This week the Packers will have their home opener against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.Here’s what to expect from players on both sidelines in Sunday’s game.QUARTERBACKSAaron RodgersRodgers finished 19th among fantasy quarterbacks last week.A couple things likely played into this. Between his taking over as the starting quarterback in Green Bay and the end of the 2016 season Rodgers has had significant difficulties early when not playing significant time in the preseason.How significant?When he attempts 40 or more preseason passes, his passer rating over the first quarter of the season was 106.5 and he completed 70.7% of his passes. When he attempted 25 or fewer passes in August, his passer rating in those games drops to 86.4 while completing 64.5% of his passes.Rodgers did not play at all this preseason and we should expect some early season woes.The other problem is the Packers start off with two great defenses.Rodgers is actually not a good start this week, but you likely took him high and most people do not roster two QBs (especially if one is Rodgers).If you are desperate, Josh Allen might be a good pick up this week in a spot start.Allen is playing the New York Giants, who allowed Dak Prescott to be the second highest fantasy QB of the week last week.Allen is just 35% owned in Yahoo and 23% owned in ESPN leagues.Kirk CousinsCousins only attempted 10 passes in week 1, but he did a good job of capitalizing on those throws as he completed eight of them for 98 yards and a touchdown to Adam Thielen.Still, this team is taking a hard turn toward running the ball more.Mike Zimmer wants to control the game and let his defense carry him.Game momentum had a lot to do with this decision as well as the Vikings got out early and maintained the lead the rest of the way.Expect higher numbers from Cousins this week.Stefon Diggs is now off the injury report and there should be more opportunities as well, making Cousins a low-end starter in ten team formats.PASS CATCHERSDavante Adams / Marquez Valdes-Scantling / Jimmy GrahamOkay Aaron Rodgers Jersey , yes, Geronimo Allison has also been a valuable weapon, but he had zero catches last week and seems to be the third WR option on the team at this point.Adams is the clear leader here, but that simply means he will be drawing far more attention from defenses until MVS can make more noise.Mackensie Alexander dislocated his elbow last week, though Zimmer is not ruling him out yet.Still, having a strong CB opposite Xavier Rhodes has been a difficult issue for the Vikings in recent years.Another strong point for Adams is that he generally does very well against Rhodes.In both contests last year, with an injured Rodgers, he managed 60+ yards and a touchdown.I would Count Adams as a WR2 in most ten team formats this week.MVS is a possible flex in deeper leagues.Jimmy Graham has been a beneficiary of the new offense.His targets are significant and he is getting the ball in space between the twenties.This should continue.Graham is a start if you have him unless you have a Hockenson, Kelce, Kittle, or the like.Adam Thielen / Stefon Diggs / Kyle RudolphDiggs was attempting to play injured last week and it really slowed the passing attack.Expect the Vikings to find it harder going on the ground against the Packers defense this week and the passing yards should increase.The Vikings should looked to be more in mid-season form on offense and the numbers for Diggs and Thielen should both be top 20 this week.Still, though it is too early to declare the Packers defense an immovable force, but this matchup could give some pause. But Allen Robinson managed to cross the 100 yard mark last week and it seems like the volume of passing will increase for the Vikings this week and boost the WR numbers.Rudolph did not do anything last week, but he has been a consistent thorn in the Packers side.It appears likely that Raven Green will be involved in covering Rudolph, and I have low expectations for him.Vernon Davis is only owned in 16% of Yahoo leagues and 4% of ESPN leagues.He faces Dallas this week and should be a decent matchup (getting targets from former Viking Case Keenum), particularly if Jordan Reed is out again.RUNNING BACKSAaron Jones / Jamaal WilliamsThere was nothing to write home about last week for the Packers’ running game, and theVikings present another difficult matchup, but I expect Jones to have a better game here.I expect him to be a mid-leve RB2 this week — look for him to be more involved in the passing game and get a few more touches.It seems like he may have had to take off some snaps mid-game last week with some pain, but nothing seems to worry anyone at this point.Williams is not a starting option at this point unless you are in a deep league, and then only in a flex position.If you have these two, you might want to look at picking up Chris Thompson.With the injury to Derrius Guice sidelining him for a few weeks, Thompson will get a lot more look in the Washington passing game.He was undervalued last year in a similar situation.He is owned in 38% of ESPN leaguesa nd 33% of Yahoo leagues. Dalvin CookHere is maybe the single “must start” in this game other than the two defenses.Cook is clearly set to be the focal point of this offense.He is finally a full season away from his ACL injury and is showing the speed and the power that made him so desirable coming out of college.He should be involved in all facets of the offense this week.The Packers’ defense did well against the three running backs in the Chicago backfield in week one, but Cook is better than all of them and has an actual passing attack to draw attention away from the line of scrimmage.He’s a definite RB1 play.

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