Packers fans are glad the offseason is behind them. They went months speculating whether their franchise QB is going to show up or not. Aaron Rodgers reported to camp, and the Packers are gearing up to win another Lombardi Trophy. Is this the last time we see Rodgers in a Packers uniform?
This team is more than capable of winning the big games. Can Rodgers' looming departure be too much of a distraction as the season goes on? Maybe, but this team has to put all distractions to the side. They have a roster that's ready to win now. Our team preview of the Green Bay Packers.
The most hated man in Green Bay, Wisconsin was probably Mike Pettine. The Packers got rid of Pettine and brought in Joe Barry to run the defense.
As of now, their star pass rusher Za'Darius Smith is questionable to play to start the season. They need Smith as he's the best pass rusher on the team. Ever since Smith came over from Baltimore, he has produced. In his two seasons with Green Bay, Smith has recorded double-digit sacks.
On the other side, the Packers are hoping for a bounce-back season from Preston Smith. After recording 12 sacks in 2019, Smith was limited to four sacks last year. Rashan Gary will also be in the mix. The former first-round pick is looking to build off a five-sack season.
The secondary should be pretty good. Jaire Alexander is one of the best cornerbacks in the league. No need to worry about his side of the field. The other side is where we get a little worried. Packers fans still have nightmares about Kevin King's NFC Championship game performance. When they hear the name Scotty Miller, they shiver.
It seems like King has an edge over rookie Eric Stokes, who they selected in the first round in this year's draft. The second cornerback position is certainly something to keep an eye on for this team. Adrian Amos and Darnell Savage return as the starting safeties to round out this secondary.
I think this defense will be better under a new coordinator. Pettine had some uninspiring game plans and deserved to get canned.
This is going to be a top-five offense as long as everyone stays healthy.
The biggest X-factor to start the season is David Bakhtiari's health. The best left tackle in the league is going to start the season on the IR, recovering from a torn ACL. In the meantime, the Packers plan to play Elgton Jenkins at tackle. Jenkins is one of the best centers in the league. People are saying Jenkins should slide over with no problems.
Davante Adams enters his contract year as the clear-cut WR1. Who's going to take over the WR2 spot? Randall Cobb will reclaim the slot. Allen Lazard and Marquez Valdes-Scantling will battle for the starting spot on the other side of the perimeter. I think Cobb will be second or third on the team in targets. Another guy to look out for is Robert Tonyan. Tonyan is coming off a double-digit season in touchdowns. Rodgers looks very comfortable throwing to Tonyan, and I expect the tight end to be a threat in the red zone again.
Aaron Jones is expected to be the lead back. Jones has proven to be a reliable three-down back in his first few seasons with Green Bay. Jones will dominate most of the touches in the backfield, but don't be surprised to see AJ Dillon get some action as well.
Lastly, we have to talk about the QB. After spending his offseason in the mountains of Hawaii with his movie star fiance, Rodgers looks to defend his MVP. Look, I don't need to talk about how incredible he is. We all know that. He's going to play with an extra edge. If the Packers win a Super Bowl, does he ride off into the sunset? Possibly take the Jeopardy gig? I know they're still looking for a new host because of that Mike Richards disaster. No one knows what's going to happen, other than Aaron Rodgers is going to ball out.
BEST VALUE FANTASY PLAYER
I like Robert Tonyan. After setting a career-high 11 touchdowns last season, I think he's going to build off that. Tonyan clearly has Rodgers' trust and I think Tonyan sets a career-high in yards and receptions. Don't be surprised to see Tonyan inside the top-five at the tight end position at the end of the season.
TOTAL WIN PREDICTION
I am hammering the over on 10.5 wins. This team is going to win the NFC North with ease and will hold one of the best records in the NFC. Something drastic has to happen for this team to win under 10.5 games.
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