The Green Bay Packers should be one of the NFL’s top teams next season. With the NFL draft, just a few weeks away the Packers look to be hoping that an awful lot goes right for them next year. With their current roster and their 38-year-old back-to-back MVP QB in Aaron Rodgers. The Packers are in Super Bowl or bust for this year.
Hopeful at Offensive Line
The Packers offensive line last year did nothing but exceed expectations while being a revolving door and having to maneuver and slide around all season. Elgton Jenkins started at guard and tackle. Billy Turner, who is no longer on the team, played both tackle positions. Lucas Patrick played both guard and center. As of right now, the starting right tackle would be Yosh Nijman who hasn’t played a full season at right tackle but has played well at left tackle, but hopefully, it’s a seamless transition for Yosh. At Left Tackle, the Packers are hopeful that David Bakhtiari comes back from his surgery and has no complications. After being in and out of practice last season, it’s a big question mark if Bakhtiari will be back to his old form and have no lingering issues. Bahk has said he expects “no issues” coming back this season. At right tackle or guard, the Packers are hoping that Jenkins is able to come back mid to late in the season and have no issues from his ACL surgery.
Hopeful At receiver
MVS just signed with the Chiefs. The Packers lost Adams who was traded to the Raiders for the 22nd pick and the 53rd pick in the NFL Draft. As of right now, the Packers are hopeful that a combination of Lazard, Cobb, Amari Rodgers, and rookies can replace 149 receptions, 1983 yards, and 14 touchdowns. That’s a big ask for Lazard who hasn’t had more than 40 receptions in a season. For Cobb who hasn’t hit 40 receptions in a season since 2019. And for 1-2 rookie receivers to step up and be 40-60 reception guys each in their rookie season.
Hopeful on Defense
The Packers had a fantastic defense last year. It was helped out by career years from guys like De’Vondre Campbell and Rasul Douglas. The Packers are hopeful that those guys can repeat and play at the same level they did last season. The Packers are hopeful that Jaire Alexander doesn’t have lingering effects from his separated shoulder that cost him his season. They are hopeful that Stokes builds on his play from last season. Savage can bounce back and play better than he did at the end of the season.
Will It Work?
The reality is that it’ll most likely sit somewhere in the middle. Some things will work, others probably won’t. For the Packers to have a realistic shot at winning the Super Bowl, they need most of these things to happen. They also need to hit on their draft picks. They have to find guys who can produce this year. I don’t think they are done building this roster, but they will still be hoping and praying that they are lucky this season. Usually, the last team standing is the team that is the healthiest, and the luckiest. Hopefully, that’s the Packers this year.
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