Ripkowski played 22 snaps on offense in Sunday's victory over the Seahawks, according to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com. Ripkowski averaged nearly three touches per game in 2016, but he was limited to blocking duty in Week 1 and did not record a carry nor a reception. He did not record his first touch last year until Week 5, so he could still get involved in the offense down the road.
Ripkowski is listed as the Packers' starting fullback for Week 1. Ripkowski was pushed by fellow fullback Joe Kerridge during training camp, but Kerridge landed on injured reserve with a calf injury and the Packers don't have any other fullbacks on the roster, so Ripkowski will have the job all to himself to open the regular season. Ripkowski totaled 43 touches a year ago, and he again figures to be more involved in the offense than the average fullback.
Ripkowski played six snaps in Saturday's preseason victory over the Redskins, according to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com. Ripkowski was limited to just one special teams snap in the Packers' preseason opener, but he saw his first action on offense Saturday. He will head into 2017 as the Packers' top fullback, and figures to play a more active role in the game plan than most at his position after totaling 196 yards and three scores on 43 touches a year ago.
Ripkowski rushed 34 times for 150 yards and caught nine passes (on 10 targets) for 46 yards while scoring three touchdowns in 16 games played during the 2016 regular season. Ripkowski played 15 games as a rookie last season, earning just one touch along the way, but after the team's ball-carrying options fell victim to injuries this year, the former sixth-round pick enjoyed an expanded role. Despite primarily blocking from his fullback position, Ripkowski proved to capable running between the tackles and catching occasional passes as well. While his lost fumble during Green Bay's NFC championship defeat will surely leave a sour taste in his mouth, Ripkowski can take pride in the role he carved out for himself this season.
Ripkowski had four carries for 24 yards in Sunday's playoff victory over the Cowboys. Ripkowski made the most of his limited opportunities in Sunday's game, averaging six yards per carry. He tallied 76 total yards on 11 touches in the Packers' regular-season finale, but has totaled just 36 yards on eight touches through two playoff games, so it would seem he has moved back into a complimentary role behind primary running back Ty Montgomery.
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|7||10/22||New Orleans Saints||28||26.00|
|13||12/03||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||1||7.00|