The Green Bay Packers have been busy this offseason as they try to get back into Super Bowl contention. After missing the playoffs each of the last two seasons, the proud franchise went into the offseason looking to make major changes.
Brian Gutekunst, the Packers’ general manager, spent big money on the defense this offseason. He went out and signed Preston and Za’Darius Smith to boost the pass rusher, while also signing free agent safety Adrian Amos. Green Bay also drafted defense in the first round with pass rusher Rashan Gary and safety Darnell Savage.
It has been obvious that the defense has been the Packers’ biggest weakness over the past two years. Getting to the quarterback and making plays in the secondary will make them a much improved team.
Offensively, the Packers signed offensive lineman Billy Turner to help keep Aaron Rodgers upright. They also drafted offensive lineman Elgton Jenkins and tight end Jace Sternberger in the second and third round respectively. Both players have a chance to earn roles immediately in their rookie seasons.
Green Bay has made the necessary changes to their roster this offseason, but there are still some question marks that they must answer.
Let’s dive in and take a look at three questions that the Packers must answer ahead of NFL training camp.
3. How Will the Offense Adapt to Matt LaFleur’s New Offense?
Bringing in an offensive mind like LaFleur has excited the Packers’ fan base. Mike McCarthy’s system had grown stale and he had shown no willingness to adapt to the changes that have been going on in the NFL.
LaFleur is going to bring in a much more intriguing and modern offense. He comes from the Sean McVay coaching tree, which has become a trend in the league as well. Players will have some difficult adapting to the new offense, but that is something that must be taken care of early this offseason.
2. Is the Tight End Situation Fixed?
Jimmy Graham was signed to a big contract last offseason, but was unable to live up to the high expectations. He did end up catching 55 passes for 636 yards and two touchdowns, but those numbers did not satisfy the fans. Obviously, he did enough to make the Packers keep him around.
Despite their confidence and decision to keep him on the roster, Green Bay ended up re-signing Marcedes Lewis and drafting Sternberger. LaFleur loves to use tight ends in his offense and will need them to step up in 2019. The Packers need to make sure that the position is solidified.
1. Can the Secondary Make More Plays?
Finally, the Packers are hoping that they gave defensive coordinator Mike Pettine the personnel that he needs in the secondary. Last season, the Packers ended up with just seven interceptions, which was tied for second-to-last in the league with the Detroit Lions and Arizona Cardinals. That number is not going to get the job done.
Green Bay is heading into training camp with talents like Jaire Alexander, Josh Jackson, Kevin King, Adrian Amos, and Darnell Savage. Those players should be able to turn things around in 2019. If the Packers can increase their interception total to around 15, they are going to be a much more difficult team to beat.