Though the injuries will cast a shadow on this season, there were definitely some bright spots. Here are my top 3.
This is probably the most obvious bright spot for the 2013 Packers, but it is the emergence of rookie running back Eddie Lacy. Since Lacy returned from his concussion he has looked like a brand new back, only trailing LeSean McCoy in rushing yards and Jamal Charles in rushing touchdowns. Lacy was also named an AP second-team All-Pro along with reigning NFL MVP Adrian Peterson and is the most likely choice to winning this years Rookie of the Year award. The Packers likely would not have been in position to win the NFC North in Week 17 without Lacy's successful running while Aaron Rodgers was injured.
Maybe not the most obvious now, but the play of rookie left tackle David Bakhtiari was bright spot in 2013 and also looks very bright in the future. When Bryan Bulaga went down Packers' fans panicked at the thought of a 4th round rookie protecting our $100 million quarterback, but he played very well. He did have some growing pains at the start of the season but found his rhythm and played well against some the NFL's best pass rushers like Jared Allen and DeMarcus Ware. Playing Bakhtiari right out of the gate might have been a little tough at times, but he looks like he could fill that spot for a number of years to come and move Bulaga back to his more natural right side.
2013 was also a year for a few guys to try and redefine themselves after an injury riddled past or just lost production. Those players are cornerback Tramon Williams and running back James Starks. Tramon, who many thought was on the downside of his career had his best year since the Packers Super Bowl run in 2010. He intercepted three passes, forced and recovered two fumbles and also recorded 84 tackles, 19 more than his previous season high. He also covered the opponents top receiver the majority of the time with fellow defensive back Casey Hayward injured for almost the seasons entirety.
Starks bounced back from injuries over parts of the past two season. In week two he ended the Packers long streak of not having a 100-yard rusher when he torched Washington with 132 yards on 20 carries. Though Lacy was the feature back, Starks proved to be a great change of pace back averaging 5.5 yards-per-carry during the 2013 season.
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