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State Of The League: Green Bay Packers

A first look at the 2021 Green Bay Packers!
Green Bay Packers huddle before an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec 6. 2020, between the Philadelphia Eagles and Green Bay Packers in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

The NFL Draft and free agency is in our rearview mirrors. There is very little day-to-day NFL news aside from random minor transactions across the league and conversations about where/when this star player will be traded. The NBA and NHL playoffs are in full swing. Baseball is gearing up for a long, hot summer. The dog days of Summer are upon us. But that doesn’t mean we can’t look down the line at what else the coming summer months hold for us: Training Camp and the NFL preseason. We will be going over all 32 teams’ offseason, division by division: their player personnel moves, coaching changes and projected preseason depth charts. Let’s check in on the cheeseheads – the Green Bay Packers.


Green Bay Packers Pre-Training Camp Projected Depth Chart

QBAaron RodgersJordan Love
RBAaron JonesAJ Dillon
FB/TEJosiah DeguaraDominique Dafney
WR1Davante AdamsMarquez Valdes-Scantling
WR2Allen LazardEquanimeous St. Brown
WR3Amari RodgersJuwann Winfree
TE1Robert TonyanJosiah Deguara
TE2Marcedes LewisJace Sternberger
LTDavid BakhtiariBen Braden
LGElgton JenkinsJon Runyan
CJosh Myers
RGLucas PatrickSimon Stepaniak
RTBilly TurnerRoyce Newman
DEDean Lowry
NTKenny ClarkTedarrell Slaton
DETyler LancasterKingsley Keke
OLBRashan GaryPreston Smith
ILBKrys BarnesOren Burks
ILBDe’Vondre CampbellKamal Martin
OLBZa’Darius SmithRandy Ramsey
CB1Jaire AlexanderEric Stokes
CB2Kevin KingJosh Jackson
CB3Chandon SullivanShemar Jean-Charles
FSAdrian AmosChristian Uphoff
SSDarnell SavageVernon Scott
KMason Crosby
PJK Scott
LSHunter BradleyJoe Fortunato
KRAmari RodgersMalik Taylor
PRAmari RodgersJosh Jackson

*BOLD player name = Rookie*


Green Bay Packers 2021 NFL Draft Class

Round 1 (29th overall): CB Eric Stokes, Georgia

Round 2 (62nd): G/C Josh Myers, Ohio State

Round 3 (85th): WR Amari Rodgers, Clemson

Round 4 (142nd): T/G Royce Newman, Ole Miss

Round 5 (173rd): DL Tedarrell Slaton, Florida

Round 5 (178th): CB Shemar Jean-Charles, Appalachian State

Round 6 (214th): T/G Cole Van Lanen, Wisconsin

Round 6 (220th): LB Isaiah McDuffie, Boston College

Round 7 (256th): RB Kylin Hill, Mississippi State


Green Bay Packers Offseason Player Personnel Moves

Expired Contracts
PlayerPositionAge2020 Team2021 TeamInfo / Notes
Ricky WagnerRT32GBReleased
Tavon AustinWR31GB
Damon HarrisonDT33GB
Tyler ErvinRB28GB
Billy WinnDL32GB
John LovettFB25GBReleased
PlayerPositionAge2020 Team2021 TeamAcquired via
Kurt BenkertQB26ATLGBFree Agency
Blake BortlesQB29LARGBFree Agency
De’Vondre CampbellLB28ARZGBFree Agency
PlayerPositionAge2020 Team2021 TeamDeparted via
Corey LinsleyC30GBLACFree Agency
Christian KirkseyILB29GBHOUReleased
Montravius AdamsDL26GBNEFree Agency
Jamaal WilliamsRB26GBDETFree Agency
Tim BoyleQB27GBDETFree Agency
Lane TaylorG32GBHOUFree Agency
James BurgessILB27GBSFFree Agency
Parry NickersonCB27GBMINFree Agency
Raven GreeneS26GBTBFree Agency
PlayerPositionAge2020 Team2021 TeamInfo / Notes
Aaron JonesRB27GBGB
Marcedes LewisTE37GBGB
Kevin KingCB26GBGB
Robert Tonyan Jr.TE27GBGB
Chandon SullivanCB25GBGB
Allen LazardWR26GBGB
Tyler LancasterDE27GBGB
Kabion EntoCB25GBGB
Malik TaylorWR26GBGB
Randy RamseyOLB26GBGB
Will RedmondFS28GBGB
Yosh NijmanT25GBGB


Green Bay Packers Offseason Review

This has been a weird, stressful offseason for the Green Bay Packers organization and its fan base. The team is asking itself, “A-a-ron. Where are you? Where is A-a-ron right now? No A-a-ron, huh?”. The answer: he is living his best life and focusing on his mental health – according to awesome vacation pics posted on social media and words spoken by the man himself. There is still a swirl of awkwardness around the Packers, as the team is in a standoff with their Hall of Fame QB. Rodgers has publicly stated his issues with the front office, particularly general manager Brian Gutekunst, and hasn’t been a part of any offseason team activities. Jordan Love has been getting all the reps he can handle in the meantime, and this is still a team with a lot of talent on both sides of the ball. Coming off of back to back 13 win seasons and appearances in the NFC Championship in head coach Matt LaFleur’s first two seasons at the helm, this team is a legit Super Bowl contender – if their star quarterback shows up rested and ready to roll.

As per usual, the Packers didn’t add anyone of major significance through free agency, but also didn’t suffer any monumental losses – assuming A-a-ron is still their QB. The major moves involved keeping several key contributors in the fold. Aaron Jones has become a quality back in this offense, rushing for over 1,100 yards last season while averaging 5.5 yards per carry and sprinkling in 47 receptions. Re-signing him (4 years, $48M) was the top priority for the Packers this offseason. With Jamaal Williams leaving town as a free agent, AJ Dillon steps into the RB2 and short yardage role Williams held down the last couple of seasons. Dillon is a big, bruising runner who has the physical profile to be the featured back in case of injury to Jones, and has been working on his skills in the passing game this offseason. The team also drafted Kylin Hill in the 7th round to add depth. Hill could prove to be a late round steal, as he is a solid fit in this offense, and adds value as a proven receiver out of the backfield. 

The Packers bringing back Robert Tonyan Jr. and Allen Lazard was huge to keep the offense well stocked for Rodgers (or Love). Tonyan had a breakout season in 2020 with 11 touchdowns, and showed he could be the big middle of the field/red zone target the team has needed. Lazard is competing to be one of the starting receivers, and could be in line for a breakout of his own if he can stay healthy. Green Bay also drafted receiver Amari Rodgers in the 3rd round of the 2021 NFL Draft. Rodgers is a good athlete, has strong hands to make contested catches, and should be a factor immediately from the slot for this offense as the new Randall Cobb. 

The biggest changes this season on offense will involve the offensive line. Star left tackle David Bakhtiari is recovering from a torn ACL, and will likely miss training camp and possibly the start of the regular season. All-Pro Corey Linsley signed with the Chargers as a free agent, opening up a hole at center – Linsley has been starting for Green Bay since 2014, when healthy. So with those key starting positions opening up, the Packers are forced to do some serious shuffling that will have to be sorted out during training camp and the preseason. Billy Turner, Ben Braden, Yosh Nijman, and rookie Royce Newman are fighting it out for the starting tackle spots, based on how minicamp went. Turner is likely the only one of that group guaranteed a starting job, at either tackle spot. Newman was a guard in college, but the Packers like offensive linemen who play multiple positions, so we’ll see how the transition to right tackle goes; he could be the swing tackle if he doesn’t win a starting job. On the inside, only Elgton Jenkins is guaranteed a starting role – either at center or guard. The other two starting roles inside will come from a group consisting of Lucas Patrick, Jon Runyan, Simon Stepaniak, and rookies Newman, Cole Van Lanen, and Josh Myers. Myers emerged from minicamp as the current starter at center, with Jenkins at guard. This situation will remain fluid, however, throughout training camp and the preseason, with the team trying different combinations and seeing what sticks. 

The defense didn’t undergo any major changes, but did hire a new defensive coordinator in Joe Barry, and lost starting inside linebacker Christian Kirksey in free agency to Houston. The competition to start at the two inside linebacker positions will be between five or six players, including rookie Isaiah McDuffie and free agent signing De’Vondre Campbell; Campbell is a virtual lock to claim one of the inside starting spots. The Packers lost Montravius Adams in free agency to New England, but they re-signed Tyler Lancaster, and drafted girthy Florida defensive lineman Tedarrell Slaton in the 5th round. They’re a bit thin on the defensive line, and may add some depth before the start of the season. In the secondary, the Packers retained the services of a couple of potential starters in Kevin King and Chandon Sullivan. Last we saw King, he was getting burned in the playoffs, and the team selected cornerback Eric Stokes with their first round pick. Stokes ran a 4.28 40 yard dash at his pro day, and had three quality seasons at Georgia; he allowed only 16 receptions all season and had four interceptions in 2020. King and Stokes will battle it out to see who starts on the outside opposite shutdown All-Pro Jaire Alexander, while Sullivan is likely locked into the starting nickel role going into training camp. 

The Green Bay Packers are the best team in the NFC North on paper. They went 13-3 each of the last two years, getting eliminated in the NFC Championship both years. Everything depends on if Rodgers will be at training camp, and if he will play a full season. If he does – I believe he will – then this team will have a shot at a title. If Love has to take the reins over the course of 17 games, all bets are off, and the North could be had. If that happens, all of Green Bay will be left saying, “Ya done messed up A-a-ron!”.

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