Green Bay Packers: A Sneek Peek at the “New” Green and Gold
The Green Bay Packers have missed the playoffs for the last two seasons and they don’t want to make it three straight seasons. Green Bay decided to fire Mike McCarthy as head coach near the end of last season. Joe Philbin took over as the interim coach for four games, but they decided to move in a different direction. Green Bay finished with a 6-9-1 record last season.
Matt LaFleur was the Tennessee Titans Offensive Coordinator last season and he is the new head coach of this football team. LaFleur and quarterback Aaron Rodgers are already budding heads and that is not a good sign. Rodgers will be the starting quarterback for this team. He is 36 years old and the championship window is closing for this team.
Aaron Rodgers could be known for being a tough teammate as well.
Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams will be the top two running backs on the roster. That will be a very good backfield if it is used correctly. Tra Carson will be the third running back on the roster and rookie Dexter Williams will be the fourth running back on the roster.
Dan Vitale will be the starting fullback.
Davante Adams, Geronimo Allison, and Equanimeous St. Brown will be the starting wide receivers. This receiving core is very underrated. St. Brown has the potential to have a breakout season. Marquez Valdes-Scantling will be the fourth receiver and he is also very good and underrated. Jake Kumerow and Trevor Davis will be the other two wide receivers on the roster.
Jimmy Graham and Mercedes Lewis will be the top two tight ends on the roster. Rookie Jace Sternberger, Robert Tonyan Jr., Evan Baylis, Malcolm Johnson, and Pharoah McKever will compete for the final tight end spot on the roster.
The projected starting offensive line will be David Baktiari at left tackle, Lane Taylor at left guard, Corey Linsley at center, Billy Turner at right guard, and Bryan Bulaga at right tackle. Jason Spriggs, rookie Elgton Jenkins, Cole Madison, and Justin McCray will be some of the key backups on the offensive line.
The Packers play a 3-4 defensive scheme. The defense has been a major Achilles heel in the Aaron Rodgers era. Dean Lowry and Kenny Clark will be two of the starters on the defensive line. Montravius Adams and rookie Rashan Gary will compete for the final starting spot on the defensive line, but both are expected to make the roster. James Looney and Tyler Lancaster will be two of the other defensive lineman on the roster.
Preston Smith and Za’Darius Smith will be the starting outside linebackers. Preston Smith was the Washington Redskins last season and Za’Darius Smith was with the Baltimore Ravens last season. Oren Burks and Blake Martinez will be the starting inside linebackers.
Reggie Gilbert and Kyler Fackrell will be the backup outside linebackers. James Crawford and rookie Ty Summers will be the backup inside linebackers. Brady Sheldon, Kendall Donnerson, and rookies Curtis Bolton, and Randy Ramsey will look to make a name for themselves during training camp.
Jaire Alexander and Kevin King will be the starting corners. Josh Jackson and rookie Ka’Dar Hollman will be the third and fourth cornerbacks on the roster. Tony Brown, Natrell Jamerson, Will Redmond, Chandon Sullivan, and rookies Javien Hamilton and Nydair Rouse will look to make a name for themselves during training camp.
Adrian Amos and Raven Greene will be the starting safeties. Josh Jones and Tramon Williams will be the backup safeties. Rookie Darnell Savage Jr. will be a name to keep an eye on during training camp.
Tramon Williams and Jaire Alexander will split time with punt return duties. Jamaal Williams and Trevor Davis will split time with kickoff return duties.
The Green Bay Packers have already reported for training camp on July 25. Thus, their first preseason game will be on Thursday, August 8 at home against the Houston Texans. Finally, Green Bay will open the season on the road on Thursday, September 5 against the Chicago Bears.
That game will kick off the 100th NFL season. In fact, the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers rivalry is one of the oldest rivalries in football. These two teams played each other on Sunday Night Football in Week 1 last season in Green Bay and it was a very memorable game.
It appeared as if Aaron Rodgers was done for the season with a serious injury after Khalil Mack injured him. However, Rodgers saved the day and they won that game 24-23. It is going to be a very interesting season for this football team.
Green Bay has not won the Super Bowl since the 2010 season.
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