The Packers return home 2-1 after a defensively dominating performance in Tampa. The defense is rounding into form and the team will to look to build momentum going into the second month of the season. As they move toward the quarter mark of the season, the Packers continued evolution into a new version of themselves is coming into focus. Their next test is a homecoming matchup is against the Patriots. They will likely be without starting quarterback Mac Jones, who suffered a high ankle sprain last week. On Sunday, it’s important that a few Packers players show development towards becoming regular contributors this season.
After a somewhat quiet start to the season, Romeo Doubs burst onto the scene with a massive performance. In the absence of Christian Watson and Sammy Watkins, Doubs came through in a big way with 8 catches, 73 yards, and a touchdown. He showed a budding chemistry with Aaron Rodgers and got open in a variety of ways. Whether it was short or intermediate routes, he was routinely open and caught the ball with conviction. It seemed like his athleticism caught the Bucs defenders off-guard.
This week, Doubs won’t be a surprise to the Patriots. They will be undoubtedly ready to defend the rookie. It will be up to him to take the next step towards his ascension to NFL wide receiver. If he can continue to deliver clutch catches as well as impressive run after catch ability, he will be one of the key authors in the story of the 2022 Packers.
It may be just three weeks into this young season, but Quay Walker is making a name for himself. He is consistently making players, including at least one a game that makes you just say ‘wow’. While there are still the rookie growing pains, he has the insane athleticism makes up for many of them. Walker is inching closer and closer to a game changing play.
Against the Patriots, Walker has a prime opportunity for a breakout performance. New England will be starting backup quarterback Brian Hoyer, so there should be amble chances for Walker to get his first sack or interception. Continuing to lock himself firmly into the center of this defense is the number one way that the Packers can develop their defense into it’s maximum potential.
In his third week back from last year’s ACL tear, Robert Tonyan finally began to look himself. While his 6 catches went for just 37 yards, his catches continually resulted in first downs. He also has shown much better run blocking so far this season. The Packers offense really needs Tonyan to establish himself as the clutch chain-moving tight end that a team needs to account for. The added dimension to the offense is critical as it continues to adapt to life without Davante Adams.
This week, Tonyan can remind the Packers that he is ready to take on a larger role in the offense. With the Patriots likely focusing on stopping the Packers effective run game, Tonyan can be the X factor for the offense.
Jordan is a lifelong Packer fan who grew up in Idaho and now lives in Seattle, Washington. You can follow him on twitter at @jordantwolf.