Each offseason, every NFL team focuses on at least one area in need of an upgrade. So what aspect of the Green Bay Packers is looking better these days?
Training camp begins later this month for all 32 NFL teams. So that means another preview series from End Zone Score. Dating back to early March, we have taken time to look at each club’s best offseason addition. We even dabbled into some pertinent and historical numbers and previewed an up-and-coming player for each franchise.
Contrary to popular opinions, no team in the league is perfect. That’s why there’s a constant search for talent when it comes to this game. Each club has done its best to bolster its roster. So in this instance, we are going to take a glance at each franchise and pinpoint the department in which it made the most strides this offseason. We have already looked at the AFC East, NFC East and AFC North. We start the NFC North with the defending champion Green Bay Packers.
Last season’s numbers were extremely ugly. The Green Bay Packers came within a one victory of making an appearance in Super Bowl LI. But their defensive deficiencies, most notably in the secondary, did prove to be their undoing in their lopsided 44-21 loss to the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship Game.
In 2016, only the New Orleans Saints allowed more yards per game through the air (269.3 average). Green Bay defenders allowed 32 touchdown passes in 16 regular-season contests. Things got even worse in the team’s three-game postseason run. Opposing quarterbacks such as Eli Manning, Dak Prescott and Matt Ryan combined for 993 yards through the air, along with eight TD strikes (2 interceptions).
So Packers’ general manager Ted Thompson got busy this offseason. And the task was made that much tougher when the team lost safety Micah Hyde in free agency to the Buffalo Bills. The first thing the team did was bring back cornerback Davon House, who had spent two seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The next order of business was to add a pair of defensive backs in the second round of April’s draft. The additions of cornerback Kevin King (Washington) and safety Josh Jones (North Carolina State) are certainly pluses. The former Husky defender is insurance in case another rash of injuries hits his position. Cornerbacks Damarious Randall, Quinten Rollins and Demetri Goodson all missed their share of time in 2016. Their health and youth still make them valuable performers with plenty of potential.
Finally, the Green Bay Packers have a solid safety tandem in Morgan Burnett and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. The former will prove to be a big asset to Jones, who has shown a lot of versatility as a prospect. All told, it’s hard for this secondary to have as many issues as it did a year ago. A little luck in terms of health and this unit will surprise some people this season.