Although he does have some limitations, particularly in coverage, I think we can call agree Jamari Lattimore is an improvement over Brad Jones at inside linebacker.
Lattimore has started the past two games while Jones, who was absolutely awful in week 1, sat out with a phantom quad injury. The Packers claim Jones injured himself in the preseason and then aggravated the injury against Seattle.
But they still let him play the entire game for some reason…
Lattimore has 17 tackles in his two starts. In his one start, Jones had three and three. Three tackles and three missed tackles.
He also had those two costly penalties in coverage, an area where he’s supposedly the Packers’ best linebacker.
Well, you probably hand’t noticed, but Jones returned to practice this week.
It’s a no brainer that Lattimore will remain the starter though, right?
Well, if it is, the Packers aren’t letting on. No one would commit to Lattimore on Thursday. The general refrain was the Packers will make the decision on who will start this week on Friday.
Lattimore should get his third start on Sunday if only because Jones was listed as limited in practice. After that, we have no idea.
Last year, the Packers were in a similar situation. Jones got injured, Lattimore stepped in and played better — at least in our estimation — and the Packers gave the job back to Jones when he was healthy.
Of course, Jones wasn’t quite as awful last season as he was to start this season.
Would we be surprised if the Packers gave the starting job back to Jones? No. A.J. Hawk still has a starting job, doesn’t he?
We’d just be angry.