WR Jarrett Boykin: A revelation when given the opportunity after injuries to Cobb and Jones. Played only 10 snaps in first four games; finished having played 691 snaps in the next 13. Caught 49 passes for 681 yards and three TDs in regular-season play. Could slide into No. 3 role fairly easily if Jones gets a lucrative offer and departs. Lacks top-end speed but has size, strength and power. Runs good routes and wants to improve. Has almost unhealthy fear of getting cut, which will keep him from complacency.
WR Myles White: Called up from practice squad amid injuries on Oct. 15 and played 125 snaps before knee injury of his own landed him on IR. Caught nine passes for 66 yards in limited action. Should be healthy by the start of the offseason program and bears watching.
WR Chris Harper: Claimed off waivers from San Francisco on Oct. 18, a fourth-round pick by Seattle out of Kansas State in April. Did little to draw attention to himself but only played two offensive snaps. Played some quarterback at Oregon and has good size but does not appear to have long-term future in Green Bay.
WR Sederrick Cunningham: Undrafted free-agent receiver from Furman who broke his wrist in first week of training camp and stayed on IR all year.
WR Kevin Dorsey: Seventh-round pick from Maryland who missed virtually all of the offseason and all of training camp with hamstring and toe injuries. Spent the year on IR.
TE Jermichael Finley: Appeared to finally be “getting it” and maximizing vast potential when career-threatening neck injury struck Oct. 20 against Cleveland. Had caught 25 passes for 300 yards and three TDs at the time of his injury and was a monster after the catch. Bet on himself with two-year, $14 million deal in February 2012 and now will have a hard time hitting big payday, despite only being 26, because of the C3/C4 cervical spine fusion surgery he underwent after sustaining bruised spinal cord. Could return at bargain rate if market is dry and Packers doctors clear him.
TE Andrew Quarless: Took over as starter after Finley’s injury and played 752 snaps – to Finley’s 259 – and caught 32 passes for 312 yards and two TDs. Also an unrestricted free agent. The real travesty is that he was on the upswing in 2011 when a catastrophic knee injury at New York Giants in December derailed his rise. Missed entire 2012 season and didn’t have speed to spare before the injury.
TE Ryan Taylor: Essential special-teams contributor who played only 173 snaps on offense and caught six passes for 30 yards. Dropped would-be touchdown against Detroit on Oct. 6 and then missed two games with a knee injury. With position in flux, could get a chance to create role on offense with strong offseason.
TE Brandon Bostick: Intriguing Finley-esque player who caught seven passes for 120 yards and a touchdown in 144 snaps before season-ending foot surgery. Quick-twitch athlete who is still learning the game at NFL level after coming out of tiny Newberry College. Could have expanded role if Finley departs or isn’t cleared to play again.
TE Jake Stoneburner: Practice-squad call-up on Oct. 15 who saw just 10 snaps of offensive action but chipped in on special teams units. Showed promise in preseason as undrafted rookie from Ohio State and should get a chance this offseason to show he belongs.
LT David Bakhtiari: Rookie fourth-round pick stepped into the breach created by Bryan Bulaga’s training-camp knee injury and only had two truly bad games, against Cincinnati on Sept. 22 and against Detroit on Thanksgiving. Otherwise, he faced down opponents’ top pass-rushers and more than held his own. Charged with a team-high 10 sacks, five quarterback hits and a team-high 28 hurries.
LG Josh Sitton: Veteran had arguably his best season but is merely a Pro Bowl alternate, and not a first alternate at that. Shot his mouth off before Thanksgiving loss to Lions, calling Ndamukong Suh and his cronies “scumbags,” but to his credit he owned his remarks. Played a team-high 1,205 snaps on offense and was charged with only one sack and eight hurries by Pro Football Focus.
C Evan Dietrich-Smith: Unrestricted free-agent-to-be who took over for veteran Jeff Saturday with two regular-season games left in the 2012 season and showed he belonged there as he started all 17 games. Missed parts of two games with a knee injury but never missed a start. Charged with five sacks, one quarterback hit and 10 hurries in 1,137 snaps. Played under the one-year, $2.023 million tender last season and should be a priority for the team to re-sign.
RG T.J. Lang: Veteran tough-guy who turned out to be better suited at right guard than on left side, where he’d played most of his career. Showed versatility by filling in for Dietrich-Smith at center when EDS’s knee injury knocked him out of two games. Played 1,177 snaps and was charged with three sacks, five quarterback hits and 18 hurries by Pro Football Focus.
RT Don Barclay: Beat out Marshall Newhouse in training camp to keep the job he assumed in 2012 as an undrafted rookie after Bulaga’s hip injury that year. Was the only preferred starter on the offensive line to miss a game, missing two with a knee injury. Played 1,043 snaps and was charged with nine sacks, six quarterback hits and 27 hurries in 148 fewer snaps than Bakhtiari. Could be replaced in starting lineup next season
T Bryan Bulaga: For the second straight year, an injury ruined his season. In 2012, it was a Nov. 4 hip injury that ended his campaign after nine games. This year, he didn’t even get to the regular season, suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee in the Family Night Scrimmage. Now four months removed from surgery and entering a contract year, the 2010 first-round pick says he’s OK with playing right or left tackle after being given the left tackle job during the offseason line shuffle. At this point, he just wants to play again.
T Derek Sherrod: Star-crossed 2011 first-round pick missed all of 2012 while recovering from catastrophic broken leg that ended his rookie season on Dec. 18, 2011. Opened the year on the physically unable to perform list and was finally activated on Nov. 5. Played only six snaps on offense and was charged with one QB hurry by Pro Football Focus. Saw action on the field-goal protection unit as well. Should challenge for a starting job or primary backup slot in 2014.
T Marshall Newhouse: Former starting left tackle was busted down to swing tackle and played only 261 snaps, having been pressed into action by injuries to Barclay and Dietrich-Smith. Charged with three sacks, four hits and 14 hurries by Pro Football Focus. An unrestricted free agent, would probably benefit from a fresh start elsewhere. Has shown he could be competent part-time starter when given time to prepare.
C/G JC Tretter: Rookie fourth-round pick broke his ankle in the first organized team activity practice and opened the season on PUP list. Activated on Dec. 10 but did not see action from scrimmage. Could be the team’s center of the future if Dietrich-Smith walks in free agency.
C/G Greg Van Roten: Biggest contribution might have been snapping to Rodgers after Rodgers injured his collarbone Nov. 4 against Chicago and went inside the locker room, hoping to return to action. Van Roten and Rodgers did a few center-quarterback exchanges before it became clear that Rodgers couldn’t return to the game. Was placed on season-ending injured reserve with a foot injury Oct. 15. Showed promise as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2012 and will have stiff competition for roster spot next year.
G Lane Taylor: Made roster in camp as undrafted free agent from Oklahoma State and played 14 snaps from scrimmage. Was highly regarded coming out of college and earned a roster spot with solid camp. Should compete for top backup guard job again.
DT Mike Daniels: Did what coaches and scouts hope every player does from his first year to his second year: Improve, dramatically. Finished with 6.5 sacks (and added another in the playoff game) while registering six quarterback hits and 7 hurries. His Pro Football Focus grade (22.4) was by far the highest of any defensive player. Played only 553 snaps but with change afoot on the defensive line, he will emerge as a key cog.
DT Ryan Pickett: Old warhorse played every game for the second straight year and continued to eat up blocks and handle gaps. Had no sacks (five QB hurries) in 546 snaps but his job is to make life easier for the linebackers, and he did that. At 34 and hitting free agency again, he may be approaching the end of the line and could return for reasonable money. Remains one of GM Ted Thompson’s few successful forays into unrestricted free agency, having defected from St. Louis Rams in 2006.
DT B.J. Raji: Saw his snap count diminish and his impact continue to be limited. Played 666 snaps and went another full year without a sack. He was credited with three QB hits and 10 hurries by Pro Football Focus. Set to be an unrestricted free agent, his market in March will be fascinating to watch. If he doesn’t get any blockbuster offers – particularly to go to a 4-3, where he might feel he can be an impact player – he could return.
DT Johnny Jolly: Compelling story who became a legitimate contributor before injuries derailed his comeback season. Played 294 snaps and was vital to the defense’s strong play against the run early in the year. Then, a groin injury followed by a season-ending neck injury at Dallas on Dec. 15 put a stop to his year. Played on a one-year, minimum salary deal and would be worth bringing back if the money is right and the neck injury isn’t serious.