The entire NFL community was shocked when the news broke about Aaron Rodgers wanting to be traded. Rumors are also circulating that Rodgers might go ahead and hang up his helmet and retire, making these Green Bay Packers roster projections one of the hardest articles to do. Rodgers, Blake Bortles, and Jordan Love are the only three quarterbacks that are on the current roster, after losing Tim Boyle to Free-Agency.
The Packers didn’t sign an undrafted free agent after the draft, so adding Bortles made sense. That’s not the only need the Packers need to address, they also need to replace two All-Pro Offensive linemen because it seems that the key to success is to keep Rodgers off his back. With that being said here are the Green Bay Packers roster projections for the upcoming 2021 season.
Green Bay Packers Roster Projections: Offense
QB: Aaron Rodgers, Blake Bortles, and Jordan Love
The Packers have reached out to Rodgers with a long-term contract extension to keep him leading the helm. The Packers seem to be trying to salvage their broken relationship. I feel that they will come to an agreement and Rodgers will remain QB1. They could keep him on until his contract expires and possibly re-sign, that also could be challenging if that means that Love doesn’t see the field with Rodgers back. They could also trade either away after the season. Whatever they decide to do, they will need to get this addressed before the start of the season.
RB: Aaron Jones, AJ Dillon, and Kylin Hill
Aaron Jones was named to his first Pro Bowl last year after leading the NFL in rushing TD’s the year before. He played a significant role in Matt LaFleur’s offense, it’s not surprising he received a new extension. Dillon will be the number two back after he impressed with his limited role in 2021. He seems to complement Jones at the position since their running styles are different. I think the Packers community is anxious to see what their seventh-round pick, Hill, can do. Despite only playing three games last year, in the 2019 season, he rushed for 1,350 yards with 10 touchdowns.
WR: Davante Adams, Allen Lazard, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Amari Rodgers, Devin Funchess, and Equanimeous St. Brown
Adams made the 2020 All-Pro Team in 2020 and is arguably one of the top receivers in the league. He is great off of the line, an excellent route runner, and can go one-on-one against any top corner in the league. Scantling improved while the season went on, but he needs to work on having fewer drops. However, opposing teams need to take notice of his long-ball ability.
He tied Tyreek Hill with five receiving touchdowns of 40-plus yards. Funchess opted out of last season when he was with the Carolina Panthers. He will be someone to watch being away from the game. The third-round pick Rodgers will be plugged into LaFleur’s offense right away. He can line up anywhere on the field and he is explosive off the line.
TE: Robert Tonyan, Marcedes Lewis, Jace Sternberger, and Josiah Deguara
The tight end remains intact for the 2021 season. Tonyan had a breakout season with 586 yards receiving with 11 touchdowns. Marcedes is a solid blocker and the other two are developmental guys coming off of injuries.
OL: David Bakhtiari, Elgton Jenkins, Josh Myers, Lucas Patrick, Billy Turner, Jon Runyan, Royce Newman, Cole Van Lanen, Yosuah Nijman, and Jake Hanson.
This offensive line is still a talented group, especially with their draft picks that gave them more depth. Bakhtiari is no doubt a future Hall-of-Famer after being so dominant at the left tackle position but is coming off of his first major injury. Jenkins, Turner, and Patrick are all at incredible starts to their careers. Second-Round pick Josh Myers will most likely start right away, with his wide gate, great feet, and handwork making easy transitions to the next level.
Green Bay Packers Projections: Defense
DL: Kenny Clark, Kingsley Keke, Tedarrell Slaton, Dean Lowry, and Tyler Lancaster.
Adding Slaton was a plus but it was surprising they didn’t make any moves to help the defensive line. Slaton is great during a run scenario, so look to see him in early downs. Keke showed improvements but he is still a flash in the pan player and needs to be more consistent with his play. If he shows more, he will find that he will get a lot more snaps. Often lined up at nose tackle. Kenny Clark will be the most important asset on the defensive line. He has acquired 18.5 sacks, 28 quarterback hits over 59 games, that’s impressive lining up over the ball.
Inside LB: Krys Barnes, Kamal Martin, Ty Summers, and Isaiah McDuffie
With very little experience with this core of players comes with a lot of protentional. Martin and Barnes are entering their second year, McDuffie is a rookie and Summers played mostly special teams. I would look for them to add depth in the offseason.
Outside LB: Za’Darius Smith, Preston Smith, Rashan Gary, Jonathan Garvin, and Randy Ramsey
The pass rush remains the same going forward. We expect the Smith Bros. to continue to be one of the most productive pass rushers in the league. If Smith continues to improve he will most likely be a Pro-Bowler three years in a row. Gary will be a starter if he builds on his performance from last year and Gavin is the player to watch if he can get out of his own head.
Cornerbacks: Jaire Alexander, Kevin King, Chandon Sullivan, Eric Stokes, Shemar Jean-Charles, Josh Jackson, and Ka’dar Hollman
With an already young talented group, they added a great talent in Eric Strokes early in the draft. He will battle with King, while Jean-Charles could overtake Sullivan at the nickel spot.
Safeties: Adrian Amos, Darnell Savage, Vernon Scott, and Will Redmond
The Packers are also set at the safety position with Amos and Savage, who became one of the top duos in the league in 2020. The only concern is the depth behind the two. Losing Raven Green to Tampa Bay, look for Scott to make the jump from special teams.
Green Bay Packers Roster Projections: Special Teams
Kicker: Mason Crosby
Punter: JK Scott
LS: Hunter Bradley
There will be an outright competition for the long snapper and punter job between punters Ryan Winslow and Jk Scott and long snappers Hunter Bradley and Joe Fortunato. It’s safe to say Mason Crosby’s role is safe after going perfect on field goals in 2020.
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