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Against Buccaneers tight ends, Green Bay must find a way to use Josh Jones

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Against Buccaneers tight ends, Green Bay must find a way to use Josh Jones
19 December, 2017 07:00AM
a strange thing happened: the Packers played a traditional nickel defense.,Against the Steelers

Four players on the line (though two standing)womens Jalen Ramsey Jersey two linebackersand three corners., two safeties

“But Peter, “Green Bay’s sub-package is basically their base defense at this point. Do you even watch the games?”,womens Marcus Peters Jersey” you’re saying

I don’t watch the games,And that’s true,Authentic Dan Fouts Jersey, Dom Capers loves to play with the extra defensive back. But this season, which replaced Jake Ryan with Morgan Burnett to make Nitro a de facto dime defense and that became the base., Capers took it a step further and created Nitro

For some reason, for reasons that aren’t altogether clear., the Nitro all but disappeared against the Steelers

That can’t happen this week against Tampa Bay.,womens Tyreek Hill Jersey,

The Buccaneers do have two dangerous pass-catching tight ends in Cameron Brate and rookie O.J. Howard. Expect the Bucs to use a lot of two tight end sets and Dom Capers can’t be afraid to use the Nitro package against what is traditionally a run formation for offenses.

Dirk Koetter’s run offense has been anemic all season and without Doug Martin likely will be even worse Sunday.

Antonio Brown and Co. and that’s a mistake Capers cannot make against Jameis Winston,Josh Jones wasn’t on the field nearly enough against Le’Veon Bell, Mike Evans, especially with the quality of the aforementioned tight ends., and DeSean Jackson

Dom Capers inserted his rookie chess piece into the lineup against the Cincinnati Bengals.,When Jake Ryan went down early in the season with the secondary already beset by injury

Josh Jones produced his best game of the season in his first start, making 12 tackles with a pair of sacks., flying around the field

He looked like the versatile playmaker we’d heard about in camp, a player capable of playing at the line of scrimmage, off the edge or deep as a safety., in slotwomens Alex Smith Jersey,

Coincidentally, playing mostly in the slot as a corner., that was also Morgan Burnett’s best game

So why then, would Green Bay rather have Randall on the field than their rookie hybrid linebacker/safety., against a Steelers team in base personnelwomens Allen Robinson Jersey,'

why would Dom Capers pick the Ryan/Randall combo over either Jones/Randall or Ryan/Jones?,Authentic Justin Houston Jerseyp,Put another way

Isn’t that why they drafted Jones in the first place?

Did they really need Randall to cover Jesse James or Xavier Grimble?womens Justin Houston Jersey,

This example underscores the trouble Capers has had, deploying his playmaking rookie in the way he’s best utilized.,' Authentic Travis Kelce Jersey, at times

Part of that blame belongs to Burnett who hasn’t been on the field enough to allow Capers to move him or Jones around.

But the other part is simply Capers’ inability to find a suitable role for Jones on an every down basis.Authentic Spencer Ware Jersey,' >

Since that Bengals game, leaving twice with injuries and preventing he and Jones from developing roles in this defense., Burnett has played just four times

As a result,Authentic Marcus Peters Jersey>, Jones has played nearly 66% of snaps this season,,though his play has often been dictated by personnel around him., behind only Haha Clinton-Dix and Damarious Randall

With Morgan Burnett out of the lineup,womens Dan Fouts JerseyJones basically never comes off the field, Burnett has been the driving factor in keeping Jones on the bench., but outside of that Week 3 game where each played every snap for the Packers

deploying Green Bay’s Nitro package.,But correlated position is the non-Blake Martinez linebacker spot. Ryan’s injury forced Jones into the gamewomens Travis Kelce Jersey

Since Ryan has gotten healthy, they’re playing less Nitro, a move primarily driven by Burnett’s struggles to stay on the field., not morewomens Spencer Ware Jersey,

Jones received just 35% of defensive snaps while Ryan played double that.,But last week against the Steelers with Burnett playing every snap

Isn’t a game against a dynamic offense with a weapon like Le’Veon Bell exactly why they wanted Jones to play dime linebacker in the first place?

If they’re not going to play Nitro against the Steelers then why play it at all?

Bell wound up with 12 catches on Sunday, both significantly less explosive in the open field than Jones., if for no other reason than Green Bay too often pushed their safeties deep and had no underneath coverage. What little they had was left to Martinez and Ryan

For most of the year when both Burnett and Ryan have been healthy, though still less than Jones., the allocation of snaps has made sense. Against the Bears and Cowboys Ryan played more than normal

Burnett once again left with injury and Jones played every snap while Ryan played barely a quarter of them.,Against the Lions

This follows a pattern: they want to use Ryan to stop the run and Jones against teams who want to pass and that makes sense..Authentic Alex Smith Jersey,'

Except in the case of the Steelers.Authentic Allen Robinson Jersey<,

They’re an offense tailor-made for the Nitro package and so is Tampa Bay. The Packers shouldn’t be scared of stopping their run game. In fact, they should be daring the Bucs to dial up the ground game and run into the teeth of what has been an excellent run defense this season., if anything

Capers needs Jones, and Martinez working together to defend the middle of the field against the Buccaneers’ stable of pass catchers and Jake Ryan simply isn’t suited for that kind of work., BurnettAuthentic Jalen Ramsey Jersey

he has to make sure Jones is on the field and getting a chance to make plays'Authentic Tyreek Hill JerseyI don’t care what fun name Capers comes up with
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