By Michael Terrill @MichaelTerrill on June 7, 2014
With training camp right around the corner, fans are excited to start focusing in on specific players who are expected to have an impact on the 53-man roster. Since the Green Bay Packers are primed and ready for a successful season, this summer should be that more exciting. Here’s a look at the Packers’ five most intriguing players of 2014.
Safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix is intriguing because he was a first round draft pick. More importantly, there are high expectations for him to step into a starting role and succeed right out of the gate. It will be interesting to watch him develop over the summer and see how he handles the pressure of starting in the NFL. Personally, I can’t wait to see him action.
Julius Peppers, Green Bay’s big free agent signing in the offseason, is already making jaws drop in the early going. He is said to be a physical specimen who is in the best shape of his life. Head coach Mike McCarthy can’t praise him enough, while the players are ecstatic about Peppers being on their side. It will be intriguing to see if he’s able to get after the quarterback like we all hope he can.
The other dynamic pass rusher is Clay Matthews. He’s an intriguing player this year because he has had a difficult time staying healthy. We are all aware of how his endless motor impacts games, but we need to see it happen on a consistent basis in 2014 if the Packers want to reach the Super Bowl. Hopefully, he can have a season to remember and record a personal best in sacks.
Running back Eddie Lacy is coming off a fantastic rookie campaign in which he was voted Offensive Rookie of the Year. What makes him so intriguing is that it will be hard to repeat his production. The good news is a completely healthy Aaron Rodgers for the entire season will give Green Bay one of the most dangerous one-two punches in the NFL on offense. It will be interesting to see if Lacy can handle the pressure in year two.
Rodgers is the best player in the league. However, he needs to win another Super Bowl in order to back that statement up. The Packers should have one of their more talented rosters in recent memory, which means a deep playoff run at the very least is important. What’s intriguing about Rodgers is to see if he will be able to step up and lead his team back to the promise land.
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