5 Green Bay Packers Who Need to Perform Well in 2013
5 Green Bay Packers Who Need to Produce
The Green Bay Packers are easily one of the league's best teams seemingly year after year recently. Aaron Rodgers could arguably be the best quarterback in the NFL and, with the help of the rest of the new-look offense, could have the most high-powered attack in football at his disposal.
Losing Greg Jennings will be a huge hit for the offense, but the drafting of running back sensation Eddie Lacy will mightily improve the sub-par run game. If there is any quarterback in the league, other than Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, who can make it work with few offensive threats, it's Rodgers.
I'm not saying that the Packers don't have any threats, but the weapons that they have on offense are not nearly as experienced and proven as they were a year ago with Jennings. Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb are two guys with no No. 1 receiving experience, and that could cause problems for the Packers in the pass game.
Also, relying on a rookie running back is never an easy thing for either party. The Packers' run game may not be spectacular in 2013, but they should avoid overworking the young Lacy.
The secondary is solid as it has been for a couple of seasons, but they are also prone to giving up big plays and losing their guy. They thrive on turnovers, but the run defense needs to step up or they will find themselves missing out on the playoffs.
They brought in some defensive help as well as some offensive assistance with the 2013 NFL Draft, but time will tell how that will work out for this team.
Here are five guys who need to produce in 2013 in order to keep their jobs for the Packers.
B.J. Raji has been a solid nose tackle for four seasons in the NFL, however his 26-tackle season in 2012 is not going to cut it for the Packers. Oh, and his zero sacks is nothing to be proud of. Jerel Worthy could be a solid replacement for Raji if he has an even worse performance in 2013.
Datone Jones was drafted in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Packers. What does this mean for C.J. Wilson? Well, he could be on the way out if he under-performs this season. His 24 tackles and 2.5 sacks aren't exactly standing out for the Packers.
Desmond Bishop missed the entire 2012 season with a hamstring injury. The linebacker had 90 tackles in 13 games in 2011 and looked like a solid inside linebacker. However, if he can't return to 100% following this injury, he may have a hard time earning playing time.
Jordy Nelson will be looked at to be a No. 1 receiver this season for the Pack. However, with only one 1,000-yard season, he may have a hard time adjusting to that status. He had 49 catches for 745 yards in 2012, and if he can't live up to expectations, he will be back to a No. 2 or maybe even with another team as trade bait.
Tramon Williams has been a solid contributor for Green Bay for the past five seasons. He is a 50-tackle a season type of cornerback and is listed right now as No. 1 on the depth chart. However, if he doesn't produce, Casey Hayward has no problem stepping in and producing like he did last season with six interceptions.