2021 Team Outlook: Green Bay Packers
We have decided to take a look at all 32 NFL teams ahead of the preseason and break down the team position by position. Of course we will be finding all kinds of names that we desperately want to find signed jerseys, autographed helmets and all sorts of sports collectibles in our NFL live breaks. Today we will take a look at the Green Bay Packers.
The Packers organization is in a unique spot. On one hand, they lost in a close game against the Buccaneers to barely keep them from the Super Bowl. On the other hand, they are not sure if they will have their franchise quarterback at all this season. The roster is good, but not good enough to win a Super Bowl without Aaron Rodgers.
At this point, technically, Rodgers is still on the roster but let’s take a look at the other quarterbacks. Their first round pick from 2020, Jordan Love, is a total wildcard. He has a high ceiling as a dual threat quarterback, however, most reports from insiders have not been favorable. Blake Bortles is also on this roster and could be a bridge if that becomes necessary.
Aaron Jones went from being a later round draft pick to the newest player with a new contract. He should continue as the feature back in 2021. With Jamal Williams departure, Aj Dillon will likely get an increased role. The problem for him is Williams was more involved in the passing game while Dillon’s skillset is more between the tackles.
The number one receiver on the team (and probably the NFL too) Devante Adams is in a contract year. After the monster season he had in 2020, the potential of losing Rodgers hurts his chances of repeating those numbers. This team also added rookie Amari Rodgers in the 3rd round of the NFL draft and he should see playing time early in the season. Then it comes down to Allen Lazard, Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Equanimeous St. Brown as to who will be the other relevant receiver on this team. Everyone loves sports autographs, find Davante Adams autographed helmets here!
Although all the talk was around Jace Sternberger, it was actually Robert Tonyan that stole the show in the tight end room last season. After nearly 600 yards and 11 touchdowns, he has clearly established the alpha spot in this group.
Left tackle David Bakhtiari is another player that is probably the best to do it in the league. He did struggle with injuries last year so him coming back 100 percent is very important to this unit. Billy Turner also dealt with injuries and needs to get healthy. Guard Jon Runyan looked decent in his rookie season but needs to take another step forward in 2021 to retain the job.
Outside of the staple in the middle of this line, Kenny Clark, the rest of the unit is underwhelming. Tyler Lancaster has been a pleasant surprise but still isn't much more than a replacement level player.
Za’Darius Smith is one of the better rush linebackers in the league, and Rashan Gary is slowly growing into a reliable option in this unit. Up the middle could use some work though. Looks like a bit of a liability right now.
We are huge fans of Jarie Alexander. His name might not be a household name, but he is easily a top 50 player in the NFL right now (probably top 25). Amos and Savage are very solid coming from the safety position and this unit also added 1st round pick Eric Stokes out of Georgia. This is an excellent young secondary.