With the NFL season complete, there is a slight lull in the football world. The Combine isn’t for another couple of weeks, and the Draft a few months. But for the Packers, there is still a lot of work to be done before then. There’s free agency questions, individual progression for players, and even retirements and cuts. We have already seen them in the cases of Sam Shields and James Starks.
But instead of focusing on that, I would like to take some time to focus on the guys on the roster, including those who are upcoming free agents, and make a single goal for them. That’s why this is titled the way it is. Each player has something to achieve in 2017, whether it is with the Packers or another team. I will start with the offense and specialists, with the defense coming up in the next week.
Aaron Rodgers has the goal of maintaining his place as the most efficient and talented quarterback in NFL history. With a historic touchdown to interception ratio, it only makes sense for Aaron to focus on making that number increase.
Brett Hundley has the goal of becoming the top backup QB in the NFL and to learn from a legend, much like guys like Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady did in their times as backups.
Joe Callahan has the goal of being the preseason superstar for a second consecutive year and continue to be on the Packers roster as the most notable #6 in Packers history.
Eddie Lacy has the goal of getting his career back on track in Green Bay. He knows that Lambeau is the best place for him to continue, and should sign a one-year, “prove it” deal. With that, he can start to return to his 2014 form.
Ty Montgomery’s goal is to continue to gain strength and leverage in the running game while making sure his new number doesn’t look stupid.
Christine Michael’s goal for 2017 is to be a football player with elite athleticism, not an elite athlete stuck playing football.
John Crockett has the goal to come back as the guy who was a highly sought after UDFA two years ago instead of the guy who’s coming off a serious injury.
Don Jackson has the goal of staying on the field for more than a few weeks at a time.
Aaron Ripkowski has the goal of making people forget about John Kuhn and focusing instead on his mountain man beard and brute strength.
Joe Kerridge want 2017 to be the year where people actually pay attention to who is out there on special teams, and not just when a penalty is called.
Jordy Nelson has the goal in 2017 to become a consensus All-Pro, not Comeback Player of the Year
Randall Cobb has the goal of shutting up the people who think he is overpaid and should be re-negotiated or cut.
Davante Adams is focused on becoming the new and improved version of Davante Adams, or James Jones 2.0.
Jeff Janis has the goal of silently interjecting himself into Aaron Rodger’s life in the hopes of gaining his trust.
Geronimo Allison has the goal of continuing his game of leap-frog over the receivers in the depth chart.
Trevor Davis is focusing 2017 on making sure that one mistake doesn’t put him on the inactive list for months at a time.
Max McCaffrey is focused on being more than “Ed’s son or Christian’s brother”
Antwan Goodley is focused on not being the guy in camp who causes people to wonder why a guy just randomly got pads and a jersey and snuck into practice.
Jared Cook has the goal of staying in Green Bay long term and actually having a competent quarterback.
Richard Rodgers has the goal of being the ultimate team player who maintains his accomplishment of being the most sure-handed guy on the roster.
Beau Sandland has 2017 as the year where he starts to work his way to being the next Mark Chmura
David Bakhtiari has the goal of becoming the top Left Tackle in the NFL.
Bryan Bulaga has the goal of being the Iowa lineman who continues to buck the trend of first round Hawkeyes.
Jason Spriggs is focused on getting into the weight room as much as possible while also maintaining his athleticism.
Kyle Murphy is focused on becoming more technically sound and carving out a role on the line.
Don Barclay is focused on having a job in football after the offseason.
TJ Lang wants 2017 to be the year where he become the veteran anchor of the Packers line and retires as a Packer.
Lane Taylor is continuing his focus to never have anyone call his name, a sign of a great offensive lineman.
Lucas Patrick is focused on becoming the guy who replaces Don Barclay on the roster.
Corey Linsley is focused on regaining his rookie form and being one of the most physically overpowering centers in the NFC.
JC Tretter is focused on staying healthy for a full year, whether it is as a swingman in Green Bay or as a starter on another team.
Jacob Flores is focused on, like Lucas Patrick, taking Don Barclay’s job.
Mason Crosby has the goal of being the best kicker in Packers history.
Jacob Schum is aimed toward the goal of continued improvement to maintain his position and being the long-term solution.
Brett Goode is focused on being the anonymous long snapper who continues to do his job and do it well.
Taybor Pepper is focused on being more than just a warm body in camp.——————
Mike Wendlandt is originally from Iola, Wisconsin and graduated from Drake University in 2015 with a degree in History. With a significant journalism background both in writing and broadcasting, Mike can be heard as the play-by-play voice of Central Wisconsin High School sports on WDUX FM 92.7 and on Twitter @MikeWendlandt.
Mike Wendlandt is a writer covering the Green Bay Packers for PackersTalk.com.