This marks the fourth offseason of my 5 guys that have to be good series. This list is not a top five list of most important Green Bay Packers. Not only will you find that elsewhere, but ultimately it’s the players on this list that just might define the season.
Aaron Rodgers, Mike Daniels and Clay Matthews are going to play well. If the offensive line stays healthy, it’s going to play well. HaHa Clinton-Dix is going to play well.
It’s the players that are “in the margins” that can make the difference between another 11 or 12 win team with a heartbreaking playoff loss and a 14th World Championship.
My old lists are a telling tale. My 15 guys that have had to be good either weren’t or got hurt for the most part.
2013: Terrell Manning, Greg Van Roten, Bryan Bulaga (ACL), Jeremy Ross, Datone Jones
2014: BJ Raji (torn biceps), Brad Jones, Jared Abbrederis, JC Tretter, Datone Jones
2015: Jared Abbrederis, JC Tretter, BJ Raji, Casey Hayward, Sam Barrington (broken ankle)
These are the guys that needed to be good for the Packers to get back to the promised land. They weren’t, and Green Bay didn’t. Who needs to step up for a return to Titletown?