Establish Aaron Rodgers rapport with young receivers: This will be absolutely crucial to the Packers success in 2019. Many of the offensive struggles of last year can be traced back to Rodgers’ lack of cohesion with his staple of inexperienced wideouts. Far too many times the young pass-catchers failed to make the necessary adjustments post snap that are so crucial to success in the modern NFL. Often they simply ran the wrong route, leaving #12 frustrated. This week Aaron called for number one target Davante Adams to see the ball even more in the coming season. More targets for Adams are great, however with stalwarts Randall Cobb, and Jordy Nelson no longer around in Titletown, improvements must be made at the position. Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Equinemious St.Brown, J’Mon Moore, and even Jake Kumerow, will all need to step up for this offense to be successful.
Sign a veteran free agent safety: Injuries are a constant in NFL football. It is simply an inevitability that with athletes of this caliber throwing their bodies around like the modern gladiators they are, players are going to get hurt. Every year a key piece of the Packers defense goes down, with no established replacement in place. For the past half-decade, multiple key pieces on defense have been banged up for long stretches. The previous Packers regime would settle for throwing untested young players into the fire, and allowing the teams’ season to unravel as a result. History must not repeat itself in 2019. The Packers need to sign an experienced veteran player who can step in to play a specified role in the secondary should the team suffer a similar affliction. Valuable bargin pickups remain on the market in Tre Boston, or last years addition Ibraheim Campbell. Green Bay could even add a former All-Pro in Eric Berry, who has seen his career derailed by illness and injuries, but could still bring much needed veteran savvy. At first glance another signing may seem like overkill. Nonetheless, if the Packers plan on playing into January or even February of next year, contingency plans should be in place, involved in the system, and ready to play.
Decide who will start on the Offensive line: To this point in off-season practices, the starting lineman seem to be all-world left tackle David Bahktiari, rookie guard Elgton Jenkins, steady centre Corey Linsley, free agent pickup Billy Turner, and the ever present Bryan Bulaga. If these players manage to remain healthy, the offensive line may actually be a strength in Lambeau for the first time since 2016. Giving the aging Aaron Rodgers time in the pocket to operate, and keeping him upright and healthy is paramount. Rookie head coach Matt Lafleur will recognize this, and try to get the ball out of the quarterback’s hands as quickly as possible. Still, the most successful NFL teams only go as far as their offensive lines take them, and having depth will remain key. Former starting guard Lane Taylor, and the much maligned Jason Spriggs on the bench may not be enough. The Packers need one of returnees Cole Madison, Adam Pankey, Lucas Patrick or Justin McCray to be ready for action. Keep a close eye on the offensive line in training camp. It will be fascinating to see the type of players Matt Lafleur prefers at each position.
Nick is a lifelong Packers fan. 4th and 26 was on his 13th birthday, unlucky. Follow him @CANDRAFTGEEK647 on Twitter for all your Packers draft needs and questions.