5 Green Bay Packers Who Mean The Most To The Team’s Future
5 Packers Who Mean The Most To The Team's Future
The Green Bay Packers are one of the best organizations in NFL history, hands down, no arguments about it. Regardless of your team loyalty, anytime your team plays the Packers, you have to just understand that your team just doesn't have the same amount of history and dedication that Green Bay possess. I understand that other organizations out there like the Chicago Bears, Pittsburgh Steelers and Dallas Cowboys all have rich history.
Green Bay has built their team’s success on the solid foundation of those who have come before them. Legends of the game still strike fear into the hearts of opponents, even 20-50 years after retiring from the game. Coach Vince Lombardi can be given most of the credit for making the organization what it is today. His dedication to the organization laid the foundation for the Packers to become one of the most recognized and respected sports organizations in the world.
Fans will recount the success of players like Bart Starr, Paul Hornung, Brett Favre and Reggie White when thinking about players who helped shape where the team is today. In a more modern sense, players like Aaron Rodgers, Clay Matthews, Donald Driver and Charles Woodson have helped keep the Packers on the straight and narrow.
As the famous saying goes though, “with great power comes great responsibility.” Each one of these players have learned the true meaning of that, as the team has seen its fair share of ups and downs since winning the Super Bowl four years ago. These players helped shape what the Packers are today, an offensive powerhouse with an average defense. It may offend some of you out there, but let’s all be honest, Green Bay’s defense needs help. But that is a topic for a different article.
Since winning the Super Bowl back in 2010, Green Bay has been literally all over the grid in terms of success and defeat. Going from a 15-1 season in 2011, to 8-7-1 in 2013, the team has yet to find their foothold again in terms of consistent production. One way to establish consistent production is to bring in players who can help led the team to winning ways and be a strong force, whether it is on offense or defense. Building a solid core of talented players is something every organization needs to make sure is priority No. 1. Green Bay has done just that and will continue to add to their already impressive roster during the 2014 offseason and NFL Draft.
Be sure to check out the slideshow to see the five players who mean the most to Green Bay and the future of their already successful organization.
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5. Nick Perry
Even though he has yet to play a full season of professional football, Nick Perry is one player that is incredibly important to the Packers' future. His six sacks in 2013 proved that he is capable of making big plays on the defense, even without the help of Clay Matthews. Perry has only been in the league two seasons, but still has plenty of time to mark his legacy with the Packers organization.
He is one of the more underrated linebackers in the league, but if he is able to stay healthy and actually play a full season in 2014, Perry will become a household name around Green Bay for many years to come.
4. Jarrett Boykin
If Randall Cobb had never gotten injured against the Baltimore Ravens, the Packers' season may have turned out completely different. It is hard to say that a player getting injured is a positive thing, but considering the emergence of Boykin, it certainly was a positive for the organization.
Green Bay has been known to have some of the best wide receivers in the NFL. Sure, these players may not be worth the millions that Calvin Johnson or A.J. Green may be making, but each one of the receivers over the past five to 10 season have been nothing but consistent. Since Boykin was thrown into the spotlight, he has shown that he can be the next great receiver for the Packers.
Jordy Nelson only has a few more years left in him, but Boykin and Cobb will be the next generation of great Packer receivers, no matter who is throwing them the ball.
3. Casey Hayward
The one position Green Bay has consistently struggled with in seasons past in their secondary. In his first season with the Packers, Hayward earned a nomination for Defensive Rookie of The Year, which may have come as a surprise to many fans who do not follow the Packers that closely. Hayward found it difficult to play under Charles Woodson and Sam Shields' shadows for his first season. Now that he is one of the more main focuses on the team, his playing time has made an incredible jump. His playmaker ability is something the coach Mike McCarthy loves to see in defensive players.
Hayward will be a crucial part of the defenses success for the next five to seven seasons, especially if the team wants to make another Super Bowl run.
2. Randall Cobb
The 2013 season was not exactly what Packer fans had hoped for Randall Cobb; his untimely injury against the Baltimore Ravens early in the season forced him to sit out most of the season. Now that he has plenty of time to make sure that he is fully healed, Cobb will be looking to make up for time lost in 2013. He is one of those players any team would love to have on their roster, and his ability to make plays in the return game and spread out wide are extremely hard to come by in today's game.
The Green Bay organization loves Cobb and knows just how important he is to the success of the organization over the next five to seven years. He is part of an elite class of wide receivers who will go down as some of the best in Packers history.
1. Eddie Lacy
Quite possibly one of the Packers' best draft picks since snagging Aaron Rodgers several years ago, Lacy has proven that he is here to make a difference. After breaking the Packers' rookie singe season rushing record in 2013, Lacy has nowhere but up to go. His ability to run through tacklers and make big plays when needed make him one of the best backs in the game going into next season and beyond.
Green Bay has been searching for a consistent running back for some time now and Lacy has finally answered the call. Assuming he stays healthy, Lacy will be around Green Bay for many more years to come.