Raven Greene is probably not a name you know. But maybe you should start knowing it. He plays safety for the Green Bay Packers and you probably know him most as the guy who ran the ill-advised fake punt against the Miami Dolphins.
Not ill-advised because it wasn’t successful. It was. Greene went for 26 yards and picked up an easy first down. Just that it was ill-advised because why not break that play out on a team you weren’t going to clobber?
This isn’t a referendum on Fat Mike, though. This is about Raven Greene, who my friend Pete Bothe has claimed as his boy.
Bothe thinks Packers fans should yell out, “Quoth the Raven, nevermore!” every time Greene makes a play. While I wholeheartedly endorse this idea, I honestly don’t think most Packers fans will even get the reference. God bless them/us.
But let’s get to the point already. This doesn’t need to be that sprawling New Yorker shit.
Greene is an undrafted rookie that played at James Madison. He might be taking Kentrell Brice’s spot as the Packers starting strong safety on Thursday. The fake punt? Greene had never had that responsibility before. He took over for Jermaine Whitehead, who the Packers released after the New England game.
Greene has played in seven of the Packers’ nine games this year. He’s done what got him on the team to begin with. He’s been a special teams player. Thus far, Greene has three tackles, a forced fumble and a sack on the season. The sack came against Miami.
Not crazy numbers, but Greene just got his first 32 defensive snaps of the season this past Sunday.
By all accounts, Greene is just a smart player. He maybe accounts for lack of physical ability by mental acuity. And that’s fine. A lot of guys have lasted a lot of years in this league by doing the same thing.
Right now, it looks like Greene is at least Chris Banjo. But maybe he’s a Tramon Williams-like player.