The Green Bay Packers have completed one week of training camp. During that time, fans and the NFL world in general have had their eyes glued on the offense led by starting quarterback Jordan Love. There have been some great moments and players that have shown flashes of brilliance, but there have also been questions left unanswered and new questions raised.
Granted, it’s only one week. The first week. And there is plenty of time to iron out the wrinkles and find answers to the unanswered questions. But there are three specific questions that need definitive answers soon so that the team can put its best foot forward in preparing for the 2023 NFL season.
1. Will the Green Bay Packers Need to Bring Mason Crosby Back?
Sixth round draft pick Anders Carlson is supposed to take over for franchise-leading scorer Mason Crosby. In addition to saving Green Bay money, Crosby lost some leg on kickoffs with only 20% of them resulting in touchbacks in 2022.
While Crosby did make 86% of his kicks, the team decided it was time to move on, though did not close the door on a possible reunion.
Well, that reunion may still happen as Carlson has been inconsistent at best during training camp. On Saturday, he went 1-6, but followed it up with a 5-7 performance earlier this week.
Aaron Jones praised Carlson’s kicking during OTA’s, but there has not been any real positive reports of his kicking during training camp. Crosby remains unsigned by any team, which may be fortunate for Green Bay that may be in need of a kicker.
2. Will Jordan Love and the Green Bay Packers Offense Be Competitive in 2023?
After a few rough first few days of camp, Jordan Love started to show out. Multiple Packers media members stated that a weekend practice may have been the best Love has every played in a Packers uniform.
And while that is exciting, the offense still lost the 11-on-11 competition. The offense has lost all of the 11-on-11 competitions.
The youth of the pass catchers is certainly being preyed upon by the veteran Packers defense. However, fans are left wondering whether or the offense is really that bad or the defense is really that good.
This is the kind of question that really cannot be answered until they face other competition in preseason games or combined practices. Still, it will be interesting to see how the offense progresses as the regular season approaches.
3. Who Will Be the Other Green Bay Packers Starting Safety?
Darnell Savage will be one starting safety in what everyone hopes will be a bounce-back year for the former first round pick. To put it plainly, he has struggled ever since Joe Barry took over as defensive coordinator. Prior to 2021, he seemed like an up-and-coming ball-hawking safety.
Hopefully he can return to form in 2023, but the bigger question regards who will be starting alongside him. Adrian Amos is now playing for the New York Jets, so the second starting safety job is up for grabs.
This offseason, the Packers signed Tarvarius Moore and Jonathan Owens in free agency, but neither has been able to separate themselves during the first week of camp. It is probable that the second starting job will go to either one of these players, but that does not make anyone very excited right now.
Granted, it’s just been one week. A lot can change when the full-pads practices begin.