We are more than two months into the 2017 fiscal year for the National Football League. It’s safe to say we have seen plenty of player movement via free agency and trades. And in late April, a total of 253 players were selected in the NFL draft. So as teams stare at mini-camps, OTAs and more, we figured it was a good time to have some fun looking (and learning) at the significant numbers – both in regards to the past and the present – for each of the 32 franchises. You can play catch-up by clicking here. Next up are the Green Bay Packers.
There was a lot said about Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers this past season. And at the start of the year, not a lot of it was very good and some of it had nothing to do with football. But unfortunately for this team, it’s a contender led by the offense and the passing attack these days. Rodgers finished 2016 with a NFL-best 40 touchdown passes compared to only seven interceptions. He wasn’t picked off in his final seven regular-season outings. And the team rebounded from a 4-6 start to win the NFC North for the fifth time in six years.
The Packers’ defense was leaky this past season and that’s being kind. A rash of injuries, most notably at cornerback, proved to be a major problem. When the smoke cleared, only the New Orleans Saints allowed more yards through the air than coordinator Dom Capers’ unit. Meanwhile, the Pack gave up 32 scoring tosses through the regular season. And the club surrendered eight more touchdown passes during its three-game playoff run. So…
This offseason, we saw Green Bay Packers’ general manager Ted Thompson busier than usual during free agency. The club’s offseason haul included cornerback Davon House (back after a brief stint with the Jacksonville Jaguars) and defensive end Ricky Jean-Francois. And the team used its first four selections in April’s draft on aiding Capers’ unit as well.
The secondary added Kevin King (2-Washington) and Josh Jones (2b-North Carolina State), as well as defensive end Montravius Adams (3-Auburn) and linebacker Vince Biegel (4-Wisconsin). The latter recently had foot surgery (via Ryan Wood of USA Today’s PackersNews.com). McCarthy and the team need these youngsters to contribute as soon as possible.