Damarious Randall must have been too exhausted from his sideline temper tantrums to stop a long catch-and-run against the Vikings on Sunday.
Or maybe he's just not good.
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Randall was the Packers' first-round pick in 2015, the 30th overall selection from Arizona State. A converted safety, the 5-foot-11, 196-pounder played well as a rookie but has since become incapable in pass coverage and irrelevant against the run.
He played 692 snaps last season and allowed a passer rating of 113.4 and 10 touchdowns, or one per game played. Injuries were reportedly an issue, so let's be kind and give him a free pass, even though he played poorly when healthy.
"I mean, I didn’t want to tackle nobody," he said in May of not wanting to tweak groin, knee and foot injuries.
He must have had more groin, knee and foot issues on Sunday, because he had zero interest in tackling Jerick McKinnon in their Week 6 loss to Minnesota. Or maybe he's just not good.
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Randall — whom Mike McCarthy gave a locker room timeout during their Week 4 win over the Bears after erupting at teammates and coaches for blown coverage — ran away from two would-be Vikings' blockers. To be clear, there was no chance he could tackle McKinnon (whose run was called back due to holding) but he could have, at the very least, occupied one of the lineman and forced McKinnon inside.
Instead, he turned around and ran away from the play. It's one thing to make a business decision; it's another thing to run away from contact like a scared puppy, especially a healthy player the Packers invested a first-round pick in.
Damarious Randall… Woof
I know there’s 2 big OL coming down the pipe but sometimes ya gotta buckle up pic.twitter.com/TJIZEy1ABu
— Ben Fennell (@BenFennell_NFL) October 17, 2017
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