The Green Bay Packers are one of the most talented teams at the top ends of their roster, but where they separate themselves from most of the playoff teams in the NFL are the players on the back end that make contributions to the team. Let’s dive into 5 of the Green Bay Packers players who are the under the radar solid contributors.
Henry Black comes in as the first player on the under the radar list for the Green Bay Packers. Black had a 64.0 overall PFF grade in 2020 in 8 games played and he came in as the Green Bay Packers highest graded special team’s player with a 74.3 grade. Black registered 8 tackles and had a forced fumble in his limited snaps. He was a liability in coverage in 2020 but he seems to have made a lot of growth from talks during training camp and preseason.
After Josiah Deguara went down with a torn ACL, the Green Bay Packers were thin on the back end of their tight end group and were looking for a player to step up to the role. Dominique Dafney did just that when he got elevated to the active roster week 13 of 2020. Dafney went on to play in 5 games and start in 2 to finish the season, catching 2 balls on 2 targets for 26 yards and a touchdown. Dafney also gave impressive effort as a blocker and a special teams player which led to his 66.6 PFF grade of the 2020 season.
Deguara is back which could limit how much time Dafney sees on the field, or even if he makes the active roster, but if everything goes right for him, he could be sitting comfortable in a roster spot ahead of Deguara since he got more experience last season.
— Jake Morley (@JacobMorley) January 4, 2021
Malik Taylor made a name for himself in the offseason of 2020 where he beat out multiple wide receivers that many thought were more talented and had better chances to make the roster over him, and he looks to be on track to do it again this year. In 2020 Taylor saw 5 receptions on 6 targets for 66 yards and 1 touchdown. He should start to see more targets with the trust he built especially later in the year, and he has also been a big contributor on special teams for the Green Bay Packers.
The popular opinion was that Taylor would be one of three candidates to secure the last spot in the Packers wide receiver room this year along with Devin Funchess and Equanimeous St. Brown. Funchess has already been released by the Packers and St. Brown has not made a bigger name for himself than Taylor so far in the year especially after a really good preseason, so Taylor should have that last spot all but locked up.
The Green Bay Packers signed former undrafted free agent, Chauncey Rivers, in early August and he has been grinding to make a name for himself ever since. If the great practices weren’t enough to show the coaching staff what Rivers can potentially bring to the table as a depth piece, he went above and beyond to prove it on the field during preseason as well with 5 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 1 sack and a couple of pressures in the preseason.
Rivers still seems to be on the fringe to make the 53-man roster depending on how many edge rushers the Green Bay Packers decide to keep. Though in the final preseason game he did get the starting nod over Tipa Galeai which could indicate that he could get that final roster spot of the edge group considering they keep 5 players there.
2nd-year OLB Chauncey Rivers with a nice rush for a sack against Josh Allen #Packers
— Joe Kipp (@joepkipp) August 28, 2021