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Ranking Green Bay Packers Position Groups by Confidence

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It’s the dawn of a new season. The first practice of Green Bay Packers’ training camp was yesterday. We’ll learn more about the 2022 version of the Green Bay Packers as camp rolls on but here is my confidence ranking of the Packers’ position groups as it stands today.

11. Wide Receiver

The wide receiver room for the Green Bay Packers lacks any real proven threat. Randall Cobb and Sammy Watkins are way past their prime while Allen Lazard is simply not a #1 receiver. The Packers may have to lean on unprepared rookies Christian Watson and Romeo Doubs to produce before they’re ready. Amari Rodgers may or may not factor into this position group that figures to be very fluid all year.

10. The Specialists

This group straight-up missed the mark last season – from top to bottom. Hunter Bradley was released this past offseason and replaced by cheaper options at long snapper – Jack Coco and Steven Wirtel. Pat O’Donnell was chosen as a clear upgrade over Corey Bojorquez at punter.

Mason Crosby is the likely starter with a brand new three-year contract and a massive cap hit this season. Kylin Hill and Amari Rodgers return as likely contributors to the return game. Am I confident in any of these guys individually? No. But I’m confident in the leadership of Rich Bisaccia and am positive that these guys will help improve these units that kept the Packers from having any postseason success.

9. Tight End

The tight end room can not be considered a strength going into the ’22 season. I’d feel more comfortable with this group if not for Robert Tonyan’s season-ending ACL tear that’s landed him on the PUP list to enter camp. He produces as a receiver when he’s healthy but he’s not a polished blocker. Marcedes Lewis is that dude but at 38 years-old, the dropoff is soon to come.

The Green Bay Packers now have 8 tight ends on the 90-man roster. The other 5 TEs – Josiah Deguara, Tyler Davis, Dominique Dafney, Alize Mack, and Sal Canella are all 25 years-old. Only Deguara, Dafney and Davis have any NFL experience and I expect it to be between those three to round out the room.

8. Safety

Hard to believe that a position group returning two high-end starters would rank as the 8th on this list. That absolutely speaks to the talent on this roster. But it also speaks to the lack of depth behind Adrian Amos and Darnell Savage.

Vernon Scott and Shemar Jean-Charles are the only other experienced players returning but SJC is listed as a cornerback again, which is where he’ll likely spend most of his time this season. The staff likes Innis Gaines. Rookie LB convert, Tariq Carpenter, could make the cut – along with Shawn Davis – due to special teams contributions but I’m not crazy about any of these guys operating as the 3rd safety.

7. Edge Defender

Preston Smith should be solid once again while Rashan Gary is a darkhorse DPOY candidate. That’s a 1-2 punch that the Packers’ defense will likely lean on. I was ecstatic about the fifth-round selection of Kingsley Enagbare but there might be a reason why he slipped that far.

Tipa Galiea and Jonathan Garvin were neck and neck in snaps over the last 5 games of the season. A healthy Randy Ramsey could factor into the rotation as well, though I doubt the Packers keep 6 edge rushers this season. This group has depth and experience and figures to be competitive throughout camp.

6. Offensive Line

This ranking could move up or down a couple of spots given the health of Elgton Jenkins and David Bakhtiari. Both are entering camp on the PUP list but could be available for week one. Josh Myers will look to bounce back after an injury-riddled rookie season.

I’m extremely confident in Jon Runyan’s abilities whether he’s on the left or the right side. Sean Rhyan, Zach Tom, and Royce Newman will all compete for snaps at guard or tackle depending on where Jenkins lands. Yosh Nijman is a high-end swing tackle and a potential starter at RT.

This unit hinders not only the health of Bakhtiari and Jenkins but also on Jenkins’ eventual position usage.

5. Linebacker

The Green Bay Packers could potentially have the top linebacker duo in the NFL in DeVondre Campbell and Quay Walker. With over 500 snaps in back-to-back seasons, I’m very comfortable with Krys Barnes coming off the bench. Ty Summers and Isaiah McDuffie could see time as well.

4. Cornerback

What’s not to like about a starting trio of Jaire Alexander, Eric Stokes, and Rasul Douglas? It’s arguably the best CB trio in the league but the lack of depth is why the CB group is #4 on this list.

SJC is the likely CB4 as we enter camp. The front office went out and snagged Keisan Nixon to add competition. And this could be the year that Kabian Ento finally lands himself on the final-53.

Look for the Green Bay Packers to add talent to the cornerback room prior to the end of camp.

3. Interior Defensive Line

Gone are Kingsley Keke and Tyler Lancaster. Enter Jarran Reed and first-rounder Devonte Wyatt. The newcomers, along with Dean Lowry will compete for starting reps next to Pro Bowler Kenny Clark in the Packers’ even-heavy front.

If the Packers can find a way to keep 6 IDLs, I’m all for it. They’ll be able to rotate in TJ Slaton at nose and Jack Heflin at defensive end. With a deep group and not many snaps to go around, the front office may be forced to keep just 5 IDLs.

2. Runningback

The Green Bay Packers may have two top-ten running backs to lean on in what figures to be a run-heavy offense. Aaron Jones has the big contract but AJ Dillon was the player that not only managed to stay healthy for every game last season but finished with the 3rd best grade of any RB in the NFL, via PFF.

Jones was close behind at 5th, due in large to his abilities as a pass-catcher. There’s a good chance that we’ll see both players on the field at the same time for a significant amount of reps this season.

Behind arguably the top RB tandem in the league, I like Kylin Hill as RB3. I loved him as a 6th-rounder and thought he was really catching on before he tore his ACL. Patrick Taylor has experience and could compete for the job. Tyler Goodson has a chance to make a name for himself with Hill entering camp on the PUP list.

1. Quarterback

This is arguably the top position group, not just on the Packers’ roster, but in the entire NFL. This QB room includes not only the back-to-back MVP but also the Packers’ 2020 first-round pick.

The combination of Aaron Rodgers and Jordan Love stacks up against every QB room in the NFL. If there’s one thing I’m confident in for the 2022 season, it’s the Green Bay Packers having a productive starting quarterback.

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