5 Green Bay Packers Who Must Step Up In 2016

By Brad Berreman

The Green Bay Packers did not win the NFC North in 2015, but they did win a playoff game and came close to reaching the conference title game. With plenty of talent still in place, here are five Packers who have to step up in 2016.

5 Green Bay Packers Who Must Step Up In 2016
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5. DE/OLB Datone Jones

DE/OLB Datone Jones Credit: Kim Klement USA TODAY Sports
Jones has been a first-round bust, with just eight sacks in three seasons. The Packers have him working as an outside linebacker in OTAs after moving him to an edge role last year, so Jones has to make an impact in what is now a contract year.

5. DE/OLB Datone Jones

Jones has been a first-round bust, with just eight sacks in three seasons. The Packers have him working as an outside linebacker in OTAs after moving him to an edge role last year, so Jones has to make an impact in what is now a contract year.

4. OLB Nick Perry

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Perry is another first-round bust, but he ended last year with 3.5 sacks in two playoff games and wasn't rehabbing an injury this offseason. With a need for someone else to rush the passer besides Clay Matthews, Perry needs to step up.

4. OLB Nick Perry

Perry is another first-round bust, but he ended last year with 3.5 sacks in two playoff games and wasn't rehabbing an injury this offseason. With a need for someone else to rush the passer besides Clay Matthews, Perry needs to step up.

3. WR Davante Adams

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Jordy Nelson's torn ACL opened up an opportunity for Adams last year, but injuries hampered him and he wasn't good when healthy. There is talk about his roster spot not being assured, but the Packers clearly need more from Adams in 2016.

3. WR Davante Adams

Jordy Nelson's torn ACL opened up an opportunity for Adams last year, but injuries hampered him and he wasn't good when healthy. There is talk about his roster spot not being assured, but the Packers clearly need more from Adams in 2016.

2. TE Jared Cook

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The Packers haven't had a consistent threat at tight end since Jermichael Finley's career was derailed by a neck injury. Cook has been an underachiever, but with a good quarterback throwing him the ball now any excuses are gone.

2. TE Jared Cook

The Packers haven't had a consistent threat at tight end since Jermichael Finley's career was derailed by a neck injury. Cook has been an underachiever, but with a good quarterback throwing him the ball now any excuses are gone.

1. RB Eddie Lacy

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After a disappointing 2015 campaign, due partially to being overweight, Lacy's physique has been an offseason storyline. But everything comes down to what he does on the field, and Lacy has to re-establish himself as a force this year.

1. RB Eddie Lacy

After a disappointing 2015 campaign, due partially to being overweight, Lacy's physique has been an offseason storyline. But everything comes down to what he does on the field, and Lacy has to re-establish himself as a force this year.

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