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The Green Bay Packers’ 5 Biggest Red Flags Heading into 2014

Green Bay Packers: The 5 Biggest Red Flags Heading into 2014

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The Green Bay Packers would've finished better in 2013 if it weren't for Aaron Rodgers' shoulder injury. Going forward, the Packers have a lot of talent, but they are also going to rely on young players to step up and be big contributors for them. Here are the five biggest red flags for Green Bay heading into the 2014 season.

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5. Tight End Situation

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5. Tight End Situation

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The Packers don't plan on re-signing Jermichael Finley as there are problems with his neck. This leaves a hole at the tight end position. The Packers liked what they saw out of Andrew Quarless in 2013, but there are concerns over his ability to be a weapon in the passing game. The Packers drafted Richard Rodgers and they signed versatile Colt Lyerla after the draft. Those two could wind up starting.

4. Linebacker Next to A.J. Hawk

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4. Linebacker Next to A.J. Hawk

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A.J. Hawk is one of the league's most underrated players. Ever since he was drafted fifth overall in the 2006 NFL Draft, Hawk has been a great competitor for the Packers. The problem, however, is that they have failed to put a competent player next to him. The 3-4 defensive system needs two good linebackers, and the Packers still need to find that player.

3. Red Zone Targets

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3. Red Zone Targets

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In recent years, the Packers have had excellent red zone options in Jermichael Finley and James Jones. Unfortunately, both of those players will not be with the team in 2014, and that leaves the Packers leaning on players like Andrew Quarless and Jarrett Boykin in the red zone. This is a problem, and the Packers need to make sure they get seven points instead of three when they're in the red zone.

2. Offensive Line

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2. Offensive Line

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Although Aaron Rodgers is easily one of the league's most dominant signal-callers, the main problem that people often forget about is the offensive line Rodgers has in front of him. If he had Tom Brady's offensive line, Rodgers' production could be even more inflated. The Packers need to also open up holes for Eddie Lacy so Rodgers can hurt defenses with the deep ball.

1. Aaron Rodgers' Health

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1. Aaron Rodgers' Health

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The Packers will go as far as Rodgers' right arm takes them. Rodgers is by far the Packers' best player, and as Packer fans saw in 2013, when Rodgers isn't healthy, this team is not a good one. With Rodgers at helm, the Packers have one of the most explosive offenses in the entire NFL. The Packers need to make Rodgers' health to be priority No. 1.