Over the past nine season, John Kuhn has started all but five games for the Packers at fullback. He played in coach Mike McCarthy’s offense for that entire span and knew the playbook better than anybody else on the field (save for Aaron Rodgers). He didn’t contribute much in the way of yards (averaged 67 rushing yards and 62 receiving yards per season), but his blocking was key in numerous plays, such as his block on Julius Peppers that allowed Aaron Rodgers to throw a touchdown to Cobb in Week 17 in Chicago in 2012, winning the game and the NFC north. Entering 2016, Green Bay will have to adjust slightly as new faces take over the fullback responsibilities. Now, let’s delve into who those faces will be.
- Aaron Ripkowski
A sixth-round draft pick out of Oklahoma in 2015, Ripkowski is a hard-nosed bruiser of a fullback. He’s 6-foot-1 and 246 pounds, an old-school player who loves blocking, exactly what you want in a full back. In his rookie year last year, he played just 18 offensive snaps, while Kuhn played 305. Ripkowski will see far more snaps in his second year, and he has all the physical tools to be as good, if not better, than Kuhn, he’ll just need to prove he knows the offensive schemes and can read defenses to best position himself for blocks.
- Alstevis Squirewell
The undrafted rookie out of Newberry has one of the best, if not THE best, names on the team, possibly in the NFL. Much like Ripkowski, Squirewell is a bruiser of a fullback who shouldn’t be looked to for fantasy stats. A former defensive end, Squirewell stands at 6-feet tall weighs in at 265 pounds (you thought Eddie Lacy was a big back?), and runs a 4.98 40-yard dash. He’ll likely only play special teams as a rookie, though he could see the field if the Packers look to roll out a jumbo package in short yardage or goal line situations.