NFL: The Green Bay Packers are headed into a season where they may need to rely on their defense more than any other season in recent memory. That’s not to say that the offense will be bad, however, it may take the offense longer to get clicking because they don’t have a four-time MVP leading the charge. That being said, the run defense will need a lot of help compared to last season. As it turns out, the Packers may be getting Kenny Clark a ton of help along the defensive line.
DeVonte Wyatt Set To Add A Huge Presence Along The Green Bay Packers Defensive Line (NFL)
The Green Bay Packers are going to surprise some opponents this season with many of their younger players. At the very top of that list is defensive tackle Devonte Wyatt, who Matt Schneidman of The Athletic reported “spent the first week of training camp terrorizing the offensive line.” And Green Bay’s isn’t just any offensive line — it’s a unit that ESPN’s Bill Barnwell asserted on August 10 might produce four Pro Bowl-caliber players in 2023.
“Nobody seems to have made a bigger jump from Year 1 to Year 2 than the 2022 first-round pick,” Schneidman wrote on Monday, August 14. “He barely played 20 percent of the defensive snaps as a rookie but is in line for a much bigger role this season alongside Kenny Clark and T.J. Slaton. Wyatt has often been in the backfield during team drills and has picked up right where he left off at the end of his rookie season.”
Devonte Wyatt Spoke About His Expectations In Green Bay Going Into The 2023 Season
On August 3, Wyatt spoke to Wes Hodkiewicz of Packers.com about the momentum he gathered at the end of last year, and which he has carried with him into a terrific training camp thus far:
“I feel a lot more comfortable, a lot more confident with plays. I hit the rookie wall about the beginning of (last) year, but it’s gone now. Now it’s just time to take that next step,” Wyatt explained. “Just trying to prove my point. Just letting them know I’m here this year. I’m not here to play (around). I have a point to prove.”
Last season the Packers struggled mightily to defend the run at times. Getting Wyatt playing up to his first round potential would be absolutely huge for this defense as a whole.
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