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Green Bay Packers roster analysis: Defensive Line

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This will be an in-depth look at the Green Bay Packers’ roster and where they need to upgrade now that we are on to the 2021 season.

The season is over. The Green Bay Packers came up short yet again in their quest to bring home the franchise’s 14th world championship.

Now that the season is over, the roster is going to undergo some construction. Mike McCarthy used to always say that you can expect the roster turnover to come in around 25 percent.

With a potential cap shrinkage and the Packers looking to take the next step, there’s a chance that number is higher.

This series will look into what the Packers currently have, and where they need to upgrade from. That series starts with the game’s most important position, quarterback.

We’re going to break them down into four categories.

Elite players.

Good players.

Replaceable players

Prospects

Last time around we looked at Offensive linemen , today we’ll be looking at the big boys on the other side of the ball

 

Kenny Clark – Clark has been Green Bay’s best defensive linemen nearly since the day he was drafted. He was one of the few players up front that played well in the NFC title game.

The Packers saw his value and rewarded him with an extension before the season started.

Clark has a good argument for being the best defensive lineman in all of football not named Aaron Donald.

He’s that good, and he makes everyone else around him better. The Packers were wise to pony up to keep him in the fold.

 

Verdict – Elite player

 

Kingsley Keke –

Keke’s ability flashed in spurts throughout the course of the season. He had two sacks of Drew Brees in a Week 3 win in New Orleans.

He added two more sacks in a win in December against the Philadelphia Eagles. There are times where it feels like he lives in the backfield. There are other times it feels like he has a lot to learn.

Unfortunately he finished the season on the injury list with a concussion. The hope is that he is healthy and ready for training camp. If he is, he should supplant Dean Lowry as the team’s second primary defensive lineman.

Verdict – Prospect

Dean Lowry-

Lowry is the perfect example of a player that is being asked to do too much. He’s a good rotational defensive lineman, but has been asked to be a primary starter.

There was some thought the Packers could cut him and save some money toward the salary cap.

The problem with that was that the Packers don’t have a ton of depth up front with Lowry in the fold. Without him, things get really dicey.

For now, it looks like Lowry will be in the fold for 2021, but the Packers should be looking for an upgrade.

 

Verdict – replaceable player 

Wilington Previlion –

He flashed a little in camp, but spent the season on the practice squad. The Packers like him, but it remains to be seen if he’ll be able to make any significant impact. If they are unable to add anyone to this group, keep your eye on him.

 

Verdict – replaceable player 

Anthony Rush –

Rush got some run last year as a rotational player, but wasn’t particularly impactful. He’s a big body that could allow the Packers to keep Kenny Clark fresh on some running downs should they choose to go that route.

Another player that could get some playing time next season if they’re unable to add to the room.

 

Verdict – replaceable player 

 

Delontae Scott –

Scott signed to the practice squad in early September. He was never elevated. The Packers likely are not counting on him for any significant snaps next season.

 

Verdict – replaceable player 

 

This position group is arguably the most underwhelming of the Packers’ roster other than cornerback. Even if you like Lowry and Keke, the Packers still need bodies added to this room.

Look for them to add a mid-level free agent to the rotation and potentially a pick as early as the first round to inject some talent into the room.

 

 

 

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