The Green Bay Packers took care of business in Week 4.
Coming into the matchup, let’s be honest, this was a game that the Packers should have won. Thankfully, the Packers handled the Pittsburgh Steelers pretty much from start to finish in a 27-17 home victory.
So let’s get into the stock report for Week 4.
Randall Cobb- With Marquez Valdes-Scantling on injured reserve for a few weeks, buy Randall Cobb’s stock up while you still can. The veteran receiver saw increased snaps on Sunday, and proved that he’s still got it. He was Aaron Rodgers’ most reliable weapon when the Packers needed a big play. He came up with big third down catches and a couple touchdowns. Even with Valdes-Scantling’s return in a couple weeks, if Cobb keeps playing like this, the Packers will be forced to keep him on the field more often.
Eric Stokes- I’ve included Eric Stokes on my “buy” list a couple times already, but I’m telling you, I really believe he’s going to be a standout player in this league someday. He recorded his first career interception against the Steelers, and has the second-most pass-breakups in the NFL (6). He’s really proven his worth with Kevin King on the sideline. With Jaire Alexander’s status up in the air, Stokes will be relied on even more in the coming weeks.
Billy Turner- You know whose name we haven’t heard much of this season? Billy Turner. And when you’re playing on the offensive line, most of the time it’s a good thing when you don’t hear a name called often. Turner has been the unquestioned leader of a young offensive line, and his play reflects that of a solid veteran. Nothing flashy, but he gets the job done. Matt LaFleur said Turner graded out as the best offensive lineman on Sunday, against TJ Watt, no-less.
Jaire Alexander- Don’t get me wrong, I love Jaire Alexander. Please don’t roast me in the comments for this one. However, the star cornerback has given up as many touchdowns (2) through four weeks as he did all of last season. More importantly for including him on this list (because we all know he’s made plenty of plays this season), Alexander exited the game with an injury against the Steelers, and I would be shocked if he plays in the coming weeks. He’s got an AC joint injury, and reports vary on the severity of it. Maybe the Packers can get some help in free agency… Stephon Gilmore? (UPDATE: Just minutes after this original post, Gilmore was traded to the Panthers for a sixth round pick in 2023).
Ty Summers- This addition to the “sell” list is based off play alone. Ty Summers came in at points during the game and played next to De’Vondre Campbell, who has been excellent. Throughout the contest, Summers missed a couple run fits and looked lost. He’s an average special teams player, but his time on the defense should be limited moving forward.
Robert Tonyan- Robert Tonyan has done a lot of good things for this offense that hasn’t necessarily showed up on the stat sheet. He’s run lots of routes, but has only been targeted 15 times. However, he’s drawn a couple defensive pass interferences, and Rodgers has missed him, too. Hold on to Tonyan’s stock, because it’s about to blow up. He’s due for a big game soon.
Gunnar Davis is a lifelong Packers fan and a recent graduate of Simpson College, where he was a 3-year letterwinner on the offensive line and graduated with a degree in multimedia communications. You can follow him on Twitter at @Gunnar57Davis.