The window is closing for Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. They finished 13-3 this season but showed how far they actually were from being a Super Bowl contender during the NFC conference title game. Matt LaFleur was able to get his feet wet in year one. Now, the Packers must become a complete team heading into 2020.
There are plenty of holes on Green Bay’s roster. Their season ended with a 37-20 loss to the San Francisco 49ers, and the score still ended closer than what the game was. Heading into the offseason, these are three moves that the Packers must make.
3. Add depth at running back
Aaron Jones is a solid No. 1 running back in any offense. That was made clear in 2019 when he rushed for 1,084 yards and scored 16 touchdowns. Now, the Packers need another back to compliment Jones. Jamaal Williams is the current backup.
This postseason proved that running the football is not dead in the NFL. The 49ers and Tennessee Titans were very successful on the ground and that carried them. Rodgers is 36 years old and adding a solid group of running backs will take some pressure off him.
2. Find a way to stop the run
The Packers added Preston Smith and Za’Darius Smith prior to the 2019 season. Their job was to put pressure on opposing quarterbacks and they did just that. Regardless of the upgrade, Green Bay still struggled to stop the run. They ranked 23rd in the NFL allowing 120.1 rushing yards per game. The 49ers exposed the Packers’ defense when they ran for 285 yards in the NFC Championship Game.
Green Bay needs help on their defensive line. Whether it is in free agency or the draft, the Packers must bolster their offensive line so they can stuff the run. Mike Pettine will return as the defensive coordinator and he must fix their problems in the run game if they want to win next season.
1. Draft a wide receiver
Davante Adams had yet another strong season in 2019. Outside of him, Green Bay did not have any reliable options. The next leading receiver on the team was Allen Lazard. The Packers were relying on players like Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Geronimo Allison on the outside.
The 2020 NFL draft class is extremely deep at wide receiver. Jerry Jeudy and CeeDee Lamb are expected to be off the board early, but there will be options near the bottom of the first round. Tee Higgins, Laviska Shenault Jr., and DeVonta Smith could be there when the Packers go on the clock. Any of those three would be perfect fits for the offense and make Rodgers very happy.