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Monday, August 4, 2014
Breaking down the Packers' 1-on-1 results

By Rob Demovsky

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- There's perhaps no more competitive -- and no more telling -- drill in Green Bay Packers' training camp practices than the one-on-one pass-rushing/pass-blocking period.

While it is not the only measure of an offensive lineman's ability to protect his quarterback or a defensive player's prowess as a pass rusher, there is a winner and loser on every rep.

And from time to time in our Packers daily camp reports, you will see references to a player's record in the drill.

Periodically throughout training camp, we will compile those records in one place to give readers a better idea of who's doing well in the drill.

But it's important to measure more than just won-loss records. To dig deeper into the numbers, we once again turn to reader Luke Stanke -- a Green Bay native and graduate student at the University of Minnesota who has an interest in statistical analysis. Last year, he used a formula similar to the Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) employed in college basketball to rank the players based on my results of each head-to-head matchup.

This year, Stanke, who has helped me with the ratings since 2011, has added a metric called block rating. He explained it this way: 1) the performance of a player in previous years, 2) the quality of the opponents a player has faced in the drill this year, and 3) the skewed success of offensive players in the drill.

The chart below shows the records and ratings.

It's interesting to note: