Not a lot went right on Sunday when the Packers lost to the Giants. However, it is important after a loss to look at the things that did work and the players that did play well. There was one player on Sunday that really showed his improvement. During his press conference, Matt Lafleur had some praises for Packers TJ Slaton.
Matt LaFleur Praises TJ Slaton
Matt LaFleur says TJ Slaton — coming off of perhaps the best game of his career to date — has come a long way from when the Packers drafted him. “He was disruptive … I feel like he’s a guy that’s matured quite a bit in over a year.”
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Slaton had his best game to date on Sunday. This is great news for a Packers defense that is struggling right now. A breakout player could be just the thing to get them out of their funk. “I feel like he’s a guy that’s matured quite a bit in over a year,” LaFleur said on Slaton. Kenny Clark is having an amazing season in the trenches but he needs help. Slaton could be the guy next to him that solidifies the run defense.
Slaton Highlights From Sunday
TJ Slaton was whooping this NYG interior OL… pic.twitter.com/1M8pU07L6o
— Ben Fennell (@BenFennell_NFL) October 12, 2022
Above is a video compilation of TJ Slaton manhandling some Giants lineman. We’ve seen Clark have these highlights but not Slaton. He absolutely destroys some plays with his block shedding. The Giants boasts a top running back in Saquon Barkley and Slaton on multiple occasions wraps him up before he has the chance to really get anything going. The Packers desperate need some help in this area. If Slaton can get some big stops on first down, the rest of the Packers line can pin their ears back and rush to passer on 2nd and long.
The Packers need something to change on defense. Maybe Slaton is the answer. If he continues this rise, the Packers run defense should improve. At this point, even becoming a mid tier defense would be a huge improvement over what it is now. TJ Slaton will be a player to watch on Sunday versus the Jets.