2018 Green Bay Packers Depth Chart
|Quarterback||Aaron Rodgers||DeShone Kizer||Tim Boyle|
|Running Back||Aaron Jones||Jamaal Williams|
|Left Wide Receiver||Davante Adams||Marquez Valdes-Scantling|
|Right Wide Receiver||Randall Cobb||Geronimo Allison||Equanimeous St. Brown|
|Tight End||Jimmy Graham||Marcedes Lewis||Lance Kendricks|
|Left Tackle||David Bakhtiari||Jason Spriggs|
|Left Guard||Lane Taylor||Lucas Patrick|
|Center||Corey Linsley||Lucas Patrick|
|Right Guard||Justin McCray||Byron Bell|
|Right Tackle||Bryan Bulaga||Alex Light|
The 2017 season marked for the first time that Green Bay spent extended time without Aaron Rodgers. A collarbone injury would keep Rodgers sidelined for the majority of the 2017 season, shifting Brett Hundley into a starting role. Hundley didn’t experience the Favre to Rodgers handoff, rather he struggled with consistency. He could never keep the passing game relevant and would be spelled thanks to the production from the running back position. This season, Rodgers returns to full health and is ready to rock within his new offense.
The team is up against a tough loss in veteran, Jordy Nelson. Nelson was caught up in a cap space bind for the team. He was ultimately left as the odd man out, shipping his talents off to Oakland. Nelson was an active contributor within this offense. A highly reliable target, Nelson saw a bulk of the targets at the receiver position throughout the past couple of seasons. While replacing this consistency isn’t a sure thing, the team does have the tangibles needed to move some players up. Davante Adams now becomes the team’s best receiver. Adams has struggled with his hands in the past, a mishap he will need to dust off ahead of this season. When Nelson left, Randall Cobb became the longest tenured receiver on the team. There were instances this past season that saw a healthy Cobb riding the bench, which is something that needs to be addressed ahead of this season. While age is starting to become a concern, it should be the least of the team’s worries with Cobb this season.
The offense received a huge effort from the running back position last season. The team has struggled to find their true running back, often rotating players in and out of the position. This stance saw Ty Montgomery feature his first full season of work at the running back position. Montgomery played running back in college, but his size favored the wide receiver transition at the professional level. The team had two younger backs that outperformed expectations last season. Jamaal Williams and Aaron Jones created that two-set backfield the team could work with. They especially excelled in periods without Aaron Rodgers on the field, which is a promising sign once Rodgers returns. Jones will spend the first few games on the bench after being suspended in the off-season. This affords Williams the opportunity to claim his spot at the lead back position.
The offensive line returns most of the starters from last season. The biggest thing for this line is to remain healthy. When healthy, they are able to provide Rodgers the protections he needs to run his game plan. Offensive minds like the one Rodgers possesses are rare across the scope of sport, but his assets are only as good as the protection allows. Look for this to be a focal point for the team this season, ultimately marking the make-or-break to the team’s success in 2018.
The defense got a huge boost with the addition of Muhammad Wilkerson to the defensive line. The team now feels the defensive edge rush can live up to a hype that has not surrounded the guys upfront in quite some time. Jaire Alexander and Josh Jackson provide relief to the cornerback and safety positions. Both were the team’s highest draft picks this off-season. They will likely work their way into the starting positions, a development that may take a year or two to come to fruition. The defense is going to have to spend a lot less time on the field this season if the team hopes to succeed. Too many 3rd down opportunities were allowed last season by the defense, tearing down their stamina and presenting a case for easy defeat should the game be a longer contest. The offense is once again filled with talent and weapons for Rodgers to build around. There are few guys that can do a lot with little talent, and Rodgers is one of them. Keeping him healthy and pressure-free will lead to high scoring numbers for this talented offense.