The Green Bay Packers are set to take on the New York Jets in a preseason matchup on Saturday. It should be a great game, as the Packers’ coaching staff will have an opportunity to evaluate the young core they have on the bench. Even though plenty of drama unfolded throughout the offseason between Aaron Rodgers and the front office, the franchise is on the path for another deep playoff run.
This might very well be the final season Aaron Rodgers plays as with the Green Bay Packers. Luckily for him, most of the roster is stacked with great talent. One benefit the Packers have is their defense, which should be on full display on Saturday. With the Jets being a young team adjusting to the NFL level, the Packers defense could be in for a huge day.
As for the offense, the coaching staff would like to see how Jordan Love fairs in some preseason action. However, he’s dealing with a shoulder injury and won’t participate. Instead, they’ll be looking towards a few other young players on the roster to see how deep the team really is. With that said, here are four bold predictions for the Packers’ preseason matchup against the Jets.
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4. The defense impresses
The offense plays so well that many tend to sleep on the Packers’ defense. They play much better than perceived and should be in for a big performance against the Jets. New York’s offense is incredibly young and with Mekhi Becton struggling, it’s unclear how the Jets will fair this season. This is a great opportunity for the Packers’ reserves to attack a young offense. Keep an eye on the front seven throughout this game, as we could see them in the Jets’ backfield often.
3. AJ Dillon shows off his skills
AJ Dillon will be the immediate backup behind Aaron Jones. The Packers utilized Jamaal Williams frequently last year, so Dillon should be in line to provide some production in the second year of his career. Dillon serves more as a power rusher, which is a perfect compliment to Aaron Jones’ rushing style. The Packers might have a steady one-two punch in the backfield this year, and Dillon can prove that on Saturday.
2. Amari Rodgers flashes his potential
Amari Rodgers was selected in the third round of the 2021 NFL Draft. He’s a quick wide receiver who excels in route running. He might not see the field much this year after the front office acquired Randall Cobb via trade. However, Rodgers has the potential to be a great receiver in this league. If he can flash his potential in Saturday’s matchup, the Packers might consider him for an immediate backup role.
1. Eric Stokes makes a case to be a starter
He was the Packers’ first selection in the draft this year and he has the potential to be a starter right out of the gate. Green Bay’s secondary is rather deep, so it’s not like they need Stokes right away. He has the privilege to take his time and develop while likely subbing in for Nickel packages. However, if Stokes can show off his skill set against the Jets, the Packers might want to put him on the field opposite Jaire Alexander as an every-down cornerback.