The rookie from Alabama was drafted second overall to be the starter and after a strong preseason, he is officially given the reigns and will be the signal-caller for the offense. Slovis enters his sophomore season as the backup as the team seems to have little to no faith in him.
Aaron Jones will be the feature back for the Packers this year, but should not have to bear such a heavy load with the addition of Marlon Mack. AJ Dillon will likely only see time in goalline situations or if he’s needed for a short conversion play. George Holani will just serve as depth in case of injury or if starters are subbed out.
FB: AJ Dillon/Marlon Mack
Green Bay is a pass-heavy team so they didn’t sign or draft a true fullback but instead use their stronger running backs like Dillon and Mack to push the pile if need be. This also lets their fullback spot be a receiving threat the defense now has to be aware of. The Packers get to utilize their quality backups without having to limit Aaron Jones’ usage as he is the clear-cut best running back.
Besides Adams, this group was one of the worst in the league last year and while they couldn’t get the blazing speed threat they wanted, they upgraded and got some speed at least. Boyd is faster, a better route runner, and better at catching than previous wide receiver 2 Devin Funchess. The rookies Burks and Bridges along with the veteran signing of Agnew give solid depth and versatility for this core. Shepherd is a reserve and is the evidence of this unit’s progression as last season he saw a good amount of playing time as the wide receiver 3 but now will most likely be a healthy scratch in every game unless there are multiple injuries.
TE: Michael Mayer/Malcolm Epps/Josiah Deguara
The tight end group didn’t get an upgrade but got more of a sidegrade. While the rookies are more promising than Jace Sternberger and Cade Brewer, they aren’t an immediate upgrade and will need time to develop. They bring new versatility with Mayer being a fundamental player and Epps being an athletic beast. Deguara is sent to the 3rd spot behind both rookies as he was drafted a couple of years ago but didn’t develop at all like Green Bay wanted and is just below average at most aspects of the game.
LT: David Bakhtiari
The anchor of the offensive line, even as he continues to grow older, Bakhtari is an elite-level talent at the most important position on the frontlines of both the run and pass game. He is strong in every aspect of the game and will be very important for team success.
LG: Harry Miller/Ed Ingram
Green bay decided to jumble some of the interior offensive line after having to cut Corey Linsley and it starts with the left guard position. Harry Miller learned from Linsley and looked strong enough where the Packers gave him the starting position to prove himself and Ed Ingram will sit and be a backup just in case it doesn’t work out.
C: Elgton Jenkins
The second half of the switch was moving Jenkins to the center as he is so versatile he can play any position on the offensive line but with the tackle spots being secure, Green Bay felt he would be best utilized as a center for stopping elite-level defensive tackles and winning the line of scrimmage on short-yardage plays.
RG: Kenyon Green/Jack Anderson
Green is going into his second season after a great first season where he was a bright spot on the otherwise bad team that surrounded him. He was a no-brainer for the starting right guard spot and will look to continue the strong start to his career with Anderson providing depth if necessary.
RT: Daniel Faalele
Faalele is not the best run blocker but is an expert at protecting the edge with his top-tier strength and size. The Packers may find it difficult to run to the outside on the right side of the field but he should be strong enough to not let anyone get in on inside runs. He is the weakest link in the run game but is a perfect compliment for Bakhtiari in the passing game as the opposite tackle.