By Michael Terrill @MichaelTerrill on June 27, 2014
The Green Bay Packers have numerous players that must step their game up in 2014 if the team wants to reach their ultimate goal of winning the Super Bowl. While some players are somewhat expendable, others have the status of players the Packers simply can’t live without. Here’s a look at the five most irreplaceable players for Green Bay this season.
Sam Shields has quickly proven that he’s someone the Packers can’t go without. Since his rookie season, he has been a difference maker. In fact, his stellar play is what helped Green Bay win Super Bowl XLV. With a secondary that definitely has holes, Shields remains to be the person who continues to raise his level of play. The four-year player is quickly becoming a leader on and off the field, which is very important for the defensive backs.
Jordy Nelson is one of the most underrated players in the NFL. Year after year, he puts up jaw-dropping numbers but gets little respect for it. What might be most impressive is that he had one of the best seasons of his career in 2013 despite playing with four different quarterbacks. If Nelson ever leaves, Green Bay’s wide receivers could be in trouble as his chemistry with Aaron Rodgers isn’t something that can be created overnight.
Eddie Lacy has only played one season in the NFL, but he proved that he’s someone the Packers can’t go without. Green Bay now has an elite running game, which means the offense became that much more dangerous. Being forced to replace Lacy would be detrimental to the success of the team. For that reason, he’s one of the most irreplaceable players for the Packers.
Clay Matthews is an unstoppable force with an endless motor. He terrorizes offenses and forces offensive coordinators to spend time game planning specifically for him. He strikes fear in offensive linemen and quarterbacks alike, which is why he’s one of the most dangerous pass rushers in the NFL. Life without Matthews is something I never want to experience.
Rodgers is the key to everything. He is the Packers. Without him, the team doesn’t win and they most certainly don’t win Super Bowl XLV. Players, coaches, executives, and fans owe him an enormous amount of gratitude for the success that he has had leading Green Bay to victory over and over again. Not only is Rodgers easily the most irreplaceable player on the Packers, but also he’s someone the NFL can’t go without.
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