With the conclusion of the Super Bowl on Sunday, the NFL offseason is officially underway. The road to the 2023 season starts now, and the NFL combine begins in a couple of weeks. The Packers missed the playoffs in 2022 and want a bounce-back season this year. For a redemption year to transpire, these Packers offseason needs must be met in free agency or the draft.
Slot Wide Receiver: A Desperate Packers Offseason Need
The Packers have a need on offense at slot receiver. They are missing that true receiver who can dominate inside. In addition, the only true slot receiver the Packers had on the roster right now is Randall Cobb. Yes, Cobb has been a good reliable player for Green Bay, but he is getting up there in age and does not have the same speed he use to have. Not to mention he is a free agent this year and could retire.
The Packers need to get younger at the position on offense. They have good players on the outside, like Christian Watson and Romeo Doubs, but they could use someone effective in the slot to complement them. It does not help Green Bay that the wide receiver market this year in free agency is not very strong. They may have to wait until the draft to address the need at the slot position. However, whether it is in free agency or the draft, the Packers need to have that position addressed.
Safety: Another Packers Offseason Need
The safety play for the Packer’s defense in 2023 was just not good. Adrian Amos regressed, and Darnell Savage was either inconsistent or just playing very badly. Rudy Ford showed flashes in his playing time. An even bigger problem is that Amos and Ford are free agents this year, and both could walk. The Packers will likely try to bring back one or both, but nothing is guaranteed. Green Bay could also look into a deep safety class in free agency this year with Jessie Bates, Jimmie Ward, and Vonn Bell being available. The draft also has some talent the Packers could look at as well.
RB3: In Search of an Aaron Jones & AJ Dillion Compliment
The Packers have a good duo at running back with Aaron Jones and AJ Dillion. This duo will most likely be back again this year on offense. Even with these two great backs, the Packers could use a third player behind them. Kylin Hill could have been that guy, but he is no longer with the team.
Green Bay could use a third back, specifically to help in the passing game. The free agency RB class is pretty deep, so the Packers have good options there. They could even look at some players in the draft, like Bijan Robinson or Jahmyr Gibbs. It is not a big need, but Green Bay could use a third running back to create a more efficient overall offense.
Offensive Line Depth: More Depth In The Interior
The Packers have their five starters coming into 2023 David Bakhtiari, Elgton Jenkins, Josh Myers, Jon Runyan, and Yosh Nijman / Zach Tom. However, Green Bay could use more depth in the interior. The backups they have right now are Royce Newman and Jake Hanson. Both did not play well when in the starting lineup. It only took one week for the team to know that Hanson is not a starting guard in the NFL, and Newman did not take that second-year leap the team hoped for.
If injuries happen along the interior of the offensive line, one of them could be on the field, and it could hurt the offense. The Packers will surely look into free agency and late in the draft for more depth along the interior of the offensive line.
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