2016 Training Camp Storylines

As we near Training Camp, there are several storylines that will dominate the Green Bay Packers lead up to the season.

Brett Hundley

Hundley is going to take a large majority of snaps this preseason. He will get every chance to prove Ted Thompson was right to trade up for him in last year’s draft, and for allowing Scott Tolzien to leave in free agency. Hundley will get the opportunity to throw a lot, as the Packers are trying to figure out what to do with their receiving corps. He will look to prove he can be a starter in the NFL, and with another solid effort in the preseason, may even attract some attention on the trade market in the offseason.

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Wide Receiver

Will the Packers keep 7 Wide Receivers? Will they look to trade one of them for a late round pick? The depth the Packers have at wideout has to be intriguing to other teams, but with limited roster spots, the competition should be fierce for the 6th spot. My opinion is, barring injury, it will come down to Jared Abbrederis and Trevor Davis. I also feel undrafted Geronimo Allison will have a big preseason, and the Packers will be lucky to be able to keep him on the Practice Squad.

Battle for the last 10 roster spots

There are 43 players I believe are locks for the roster (or at least would be major surprises to see cut). That means there is a lot of talent competing for a very limited amount of spots. This speaks volumes to the type of depth Ted Thompson has been able to accumulate. There are always a couple of surprise players in camp fans fall in love with. My early prediction is undrafted Safety Kentrell Brice. The Louisiana Tech alum has incredible measurables, and the coaching staff has already raved about his hard hitting and instinctive play. He will be a fun player to keep track of during the preseason.

Injuries

Health continues to be the most important and underrated aspect of winning in the NFL. The Packers need to keep their key players healthy throughout the preseason. This becomes even more of a concern with them having to play 5 practice games.

Andrew Mertig is a a lifelong Packers fan and draft enthusiast. He has covered the NFL draft for radio and television stations in Green Bay. He is currently a host of the Pack-A-Day podcast and a writer for PackersTalk.com. You can follow him on Twitter @andrewmertig
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3 thoughts on “2016 Training Camp Storylines

  1. Week two in Minnesota will set the tone for this season.A healthy Packers team should be able to go into the Vikings new stadium and show them who’s boss in the NFC North.I would love to see the Pack two and 0 on the road and then come home and start an undefeated season in Lambeau. Our team has a lot to prove this season and I don’t know about anyone else,but I BELIEVE THE PACK WILL BE BACK!!!

    1. That should be such a fun game. I think the Vikings overachieved last year, but they improved in the offseason. Should be an absolutely electric atmosphere.

      1. Agreed, the Packers need to withstand the first 10 minutes of the game, not give the Vikings or fans a reason to raise the roof. Eddie Lacy normally has great games against the Vikings. With Nelson back, Cobb back to his regular role, an athletic TE who can really run, and a combination of either Janis, Monty, Adams, Abby, or whoever lined up on the number 3 or 4 CB it will be a lot for ANY defense. The Vikings DID overachieve last year Andrew, just like they did in 2012.

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