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Acme Packing Company continues its countdown of the Packers’ 90-man
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roster with players 7-6." />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 AdviceCDTShare this storyShare this on FacebookShare this on TwitterShareAll sharing optionsShareAll sharing options for:2019 Packers 90-man roster ranking Rashan Gary Jersey , 7-6: Jaire Alexander primed for breakoutTwitterFacebookRedditPocketFlipboardEmailPhoto by Stacy Revere/Getty ImagesWith veteran free agency essentially concluded and the 2019 NFL Draft in the rearview mirror, Acme Packing Company will once again rank and break down the Green Bay Packers’ 90-man roster.These rankings represent a composite of the individual selections from several APC contributors. Today, we reveal players seven and six, the Packers’ presumed top edge rusher and cornerback, respectively.7: Za’Darius Smith, OLBThe Packers made three major splashes in free agency earlier this offseason, none bigger nor more expensive than Za’Darius Smith. A multitalented defender, Smith emerged as one of the Baltimore Ravens’ top pass rushers last season, lining up on the edge and as an interior lineman on the AFC’s best defense. In those roles, he led the team with 62 total pressures, according to Pro Football Focus.In Green Bay, Smith will continue to see action at numerous spots along the defensive front. His ability to play along the interior should allow defensive coordinator Mike Pettine to keep Mike Daniels and Kenny Clark fresh as well as allow for more pass rushers to play together at once. Given the presence of fellow free-agent addition Preston Smith, first-round pick Rashan Gary, and returning sack leader Kyler Fackrell, Za’Darius Smith’s versatility ranks as his most valuable trait.6: Jaire Alexander http://www.greenbaypackersteamonline.com...ger-jersey , CBIt took less than a season for 2018 first-round pick Jaire Alexander to establish himself as the Packers’ top cornerback. While undersized at 5-foot-10, Alexander proved himself up to the task of playing press and man coverage at the NFL level. In particular, his game against the Los Angeles Rams in Week 8 -- five pass breakups on nine targets -- ranks as one of the finest performances by a Green Bay corner in years.Alexander won’t play to that level every week. However, if he can reduce the number of mistakes from his rookie season and remain healthy, Alexander will earn recognition as one of the better corners in the league. Already, he offers Pettine the ability to shift him around the defense. Alexander spent roughly 62 percent of his snaps as a boundary corner and about 21 percent in the slot, but he also worked in the box as a linebacker. Pettine also lined up Alexander at the line of scrimmage on blitzes. The second-year man should reprise all those roles in 2019. GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Packers receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling turned to Twitter to give a tutorial about how to pronounce his first name.Get it straight: It’s “mar-QUEZ” and not “mar-KEZ.”“It happens all the time,” Valdes-Scantling said this week about the mispronunciation. “So there is no ‘k’ in my name.”Keep making highlight-reel plays and announcers will catch on soon enough and get it right.The fifth-round selection out of South Florida is about to get more consistent playing time after Geronimo Allison went on injured reserve this week. Green Bay hosts the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.This is quite the impression that Valdes-Scantling has left the last few weeks, with breakaway speed and a 6-foot-4 frame that allow him to snare jump balls.“The biggest thing is just him gaining the trust of (quarterback Aaron Rodgers) as fast as he has,” veteran wideout Randall Cobb said. “It’s really impressive that Aaron wants to come to him in certain situations. He’s making those plays for him.”To the tune of 17 catches for 358 yards and two scores so far for Valdes-Scantling, plus a team-high 21.1 yards per catch. He has touchdown catches in two of his last four games, with 100 yards receiving in each of the other two games during that span.The production increase is in part due to helping fill in for Allison and Cobb while each player missed a few games with hamstring injuries. Cobb is questionable again for the Dolphins game because of hamstring trouble.That leaves more opportunities for Valdes-Scantling to be the second receiver behind Davante Adams.The process of gaining Rodgers’ trust, though, isn’t easy. It requires more than just making catches.“It’s not going to happen in one day. You’ve got to learn the plays http://www.greenbaypackersteamonline.com...jr.-jersey , you’ve got to know the plays,” Valdes-Scantling said. “He’s going to quiz you in practice, so you’ve just got to know all those things. It just happens over time.”Proof of the payoff came late in the third quarter of last week’s loss at New England, with the game tied at 17. Deep in Packers territory, Rodgers rolled right, where he quickly found two defenders trying to close in on him for a sack.The two-time NFL MVP threw a high pass that traveled about 30 yards to Valdes-Scantling at around the 36. The rookie adjusted near the sideline to the throw while on the run. With a defender a couple steps behind him, Valdes-Scantling turned and jumped high for the catch .He’s the breakout contributor of the three receivers taken by the Packers in the draft.Fourth-rounder J’Mon Moore has just one catch for 10 yards. Sixth-rounder Equanimeous St. Brown has seven catches for 143 yards, and moves up in the depth chart behind Valdes-Scantling.“At the end of the day, (Valdes-Scantling) has been given some opportunities, probably more than we all anticipated due to the injury, and he’s just delivered,” coach Mike McCarthy said. “So you can see with the success and the production he’s had, his confidence grows more and more each week.”NOTES: RT Bryan Bulaga (knee) and LB Blake Martinez (ankle) are also questionable for Sunday. CB Kevin King (hamstring) is out, as expected. … S Kentrell Brice (knee) and DL Mike Daniels (shoulder) were dropped from the injury report.
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