RB Alex Green - Free Agent
|6-0, 225||Born: 10-30-1989||College: Hawaii||Drafted: Round 3, pick 2011|
2013 Week 3 vs BUF (5 / 14 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Alex Green was cut by the Green Bay Packers, but found a home as New York's third running back. After Chris Ivory suffered a hamstring injury, Green spelled Bilal Powell. Green had a long run of seven yards where he ran off right tackle and made a nice open field move for a first down.
2012 Week 2 vs CHI (2 / 2 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Alex Green saw limited action in this game, giving Cedric Benson a little chance to breath. Green's first carry came in the middle of a drive late in the second quarter. He had a two yard rush up the gut on 1st and 10, and returned to the sidelines after the carry. Similarly late in the 4th quarter, Green had a run on 2nd and 10 straight up the gut for no gain. Chicago called time out to stop the clock and Green returned to the sideline where he ended his day.
2012 Week 5 vs IND (9 / 55 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
When Cedric Benson came up injured in the early second quarter, Alex Green stepped in and immediately broke off a nice nine yard run. He got some good blocking up front and hit the hole quickly, instantly finding himself in open space. He could have gained more yards had he tried to cut around Colts safety Tom Zbikowski instead of running over him. It was a strong start though. He only carried the ball three more times before the half and never in the same sequence. He then didn't get another carry until more than halfway through the third quarter--Green Bay just abandoned the run. He then carried just seven more times the entire game. The Packers just kept throwing the ball, not grinding the clock or trying to just move the chains. He did have a fantastic run in the late fourth quarter as Green Bay trailed by two points. On the play, a 41 yard gain, Green once again hit the lane beautifully and this time was able to throw a juke on the first defender he met ( it looked like Zbikowski again). He then outran a defender, and left another grasping at air when he cut to his right and ran towards the sideline. At that point we saw one issue with Green--he's just not that fast. As he ran towards the sideline he looked like a car with a speed governor on it. He was trying to go faster, but he was clearly at his top end. This allowed two of the defenders he has eluded already to catch him. Still, Green looked very solid and if the Packers are without Benson for a while (he has been ruled out for Week 6), they can commit to the run and be confident they can ride Green.
2012 Week 6 vs HOU (22 / 65 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Alex Green showed the ability to hold the feature back spot for the Packers in Cedric Benson's absence. Green hit holes with solid burst and showing soft hands out of the backfield. Green saw most of his run production on small gains, but he got many touches. In the second half, Green was able to find more space and helped Green Bay run the clock.
2012 Week 7 vs STL (20 / 35 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 29 / 0 rec)
Green became the Packers' feature back following Cedric Benson's gruesome foot injury against the Colts. Unfortunately, he did not inspire much confidence against St. Louis' twelfth-ranked pass defense in the Edward Jones Dome. Green totaled a putrid thirty-five yards on a voluminous twenty carries, seventeen more than fullback John Kuhn. The sophomore halfback went nowhere against the Rams despite the generous opportunities afforded him. Green did not shy away from contact and ran between the tackles, which showed some promise for better days against weaker run defenses, and he proved his worth in the passing game - a necessary skill in the pass-first offense of the Packers - with four catches for twenty-nine receiving yards. Overall, however, it seems Green is a tertiary option at best with the Green Bay offense. His lack of commanding performances thus far indicate that James Starks, or even Randall Cobb, should see a few more carries out of the backfield in the second half of the season.
2012 Week 8 vs JAX (22 / 54 / 0 rush, 6 / 4 / 28 / 0 rec)
For the third straight game, Green had 20+ touches but did not approach 100 total yards. He was routinely stuffed on interior running plays by the Jacksonville front seven. His largest gains came on toss plays to the outside where he was able to build momentum into contact and in the passing game. In short yardage situations, Green was hit-and-miss. On one occasion in the second half, Green made a nice cut at the line-of-scrimmage to convert third-and-short. On the subsequent opportunity in a similar situation, Green tripped on his own lineman's foot. That play forced a field goal attempt that was missed, keeping the game close. Green has yet to take advantage of the starting job opportunity that Cedric Benson's injury has created in Green Bay. Without many red zone chances, Green needs to be efficient with his touches to be a valued fantasy starter on a weekly basis.
2012 Week 9 vs ARI (11 / 53 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 25 / 0 rec)
After being called out two weeks in a row by Coach McCarthy, Green responded by turning his 13 touches into 78 total yards. Although he ceded some early down and clock killing work to James Starks, that's the efficiency that the coach would like to see from his young back. When Green was able to get to the edge, he was able to do some damage and pick up a nice gain. Likewise, when he got help from pulling linemen on a screen, he tore through the Cardinal defense for 19 yards. Will Green's performance propel him back to the top of the Green Bay running back depth chart? Possibly, but McCarthy may like the breakdown that the backfield had today, which offers balance, as well as versatility.
2012 Week 12 vs NYG (10 / 30 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 20 / 0 rec)
Alex Green looked the more impressive RB on Sunday but it was a very difficult position to be in as a RB for Greenbay. The running attack quickly faded early on as the Packers fell behind in a big way on the scoreboard. The offense suffered from a lack of possession, poor blocking up front and had to resort to the passing game promptly in a vain effort to keep up with the Giants offense. Green had some decent gains up the middle, showing power and determination but there was just too little room to work with on most of his attempts. Green could not even get out of the backfield at times before the NYG front 7 crashed on top of him. Green looked faster, with more of a burst than Starks and got most of his yards while the game was still competitive. However, his production was essentially out of his hands due to the bizarre nature the game played out. Green got very few touches after the first quarter and shared most of his work with Starks which is not good for fantasy owners of either.
2012 Week 13 vs MIN (12 / 58 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)
Like fellow platoon-mate James Starks, Green had a lot of success against a less-than impressive Vikings run defense. The Packers used Green a lot early on the first set of plays and it's a testament to his improved blocking in the pass game that when they were in the shotgun formation, he was still in. Green isn't always consistent as a blocker--on one early play, Rodgers had to scramble and run for some yards. Green was out in front of him and had linebacker Chad Greenway in his sights for a block which could have sprung Rodgers for a first down, but allowed Greenway to run right past him which forced Rodgers out of bounds and well short of the first down. Green made up for it on the next play with a very nice nine yard run where he showed the speed to get outside quick, but then didn't hesitate to turn upfield at the earlier opportunity to maximize his yards, rather than do what many young backs do and try to stretch all the way to the outside and the sideline. At that point the offensie went no huddle, so Green had to stay in. He took the opportunity to show good power as he ran for another five yards off-tackle and then contributed on a double team to hold off the Vikings' pass rush so Rodgers could find Randall Cobb. Green was workmanlike all game just like that--he is proving he can do everything the Packers need him to do and more and has earned his half of the carries going forward.
2012 Week 14 vs DET (13 / 69 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / -3 / 0 rec)
After Dujuan Harris took the first carry of the game, Green came in for the second but rotated straight back out for John Kuhn after a three yard gain. Green had one big run off right tackle negated for a penalty, but came back on the very next play to recoup the yardage and more off the same side. Green carried the ball well in the first half, before fumbling the football after a quick reception in the pocket from Rodgers. Green was falling as he caught the football, but made the reception and lost it as he tried to get back up. Outside of that one play, Green ran very well as the primary ball carrier. Even though Dawan Harris and Ryan Grant also looked good on their limited carries, I wouldn't expect Green to be taken out of the rotation although his number of carries may slightly shrink to conform to a committee.
2012 Week 15 vs CHI (13 / 35 / 0 rush, 5 / 2 / 6 / 0 rec)
Green got the most carries for the Packers, but seemed to have the hardest time gaining yards for stretches during the game. The Bears met all three running backs (Green, DuJuan Harris and Ryan Grant) at the line and behind it pretty often. That said, Green continued to show flashes of ability and while he wasn't great against a determined Bears front seven, he had some runs where you can see the patience and determination which has really stood out since he took over for James Starks. On the plays where the line did a good job of blocking for him, such as on an eight yard run in the first quarter, Green hit the hole decisively and showed good speed getting past the line of scrimmage. It's not a sure thing he will turn into a full time lead back, but he definitely has looked good the last few games and earned a share of the backfield touches.
2011 Week 4 vs DEN (3 / 11 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Late in the game he saw some action. Went Off Tackle Right untouched and then tripped when he got into the secondary otherwise he would ahve had a few more yards.