Five free agents available that can help packages

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The NFL draft is over, and teams can now reassess their roster ahead of training camp and the 2022 season. For the Green Bay Packers, the process was important to rebuilding the spacious reception room, and general manager Brian Gutekunst also addressed needs in the offensive and defensive lines, as well as the edge defenders. and safety later in the draft. Now, it is possible to assess how their initial draft needs and what free factors can still be added to help the team in the fall.

The wide receiver was clearly the biggest need before the draft. Now, though, the team has drafted three players for the position, along with the previous addition of veteran Sammy Watkins. Therefore, there is no need to add bodies, and the Packers should only sign another future if he is a real difference maker – Julio Jones, for example, if they think the old star still has something left in the tank. Even Will Fuller doesn’t make sense anymore, because Christian Watson and Romeo Dobbs are good deep threats to make up for what Fuller might do for this crime.

Edge depth was also a necessity, and beams could attack it in multiple ways. First, they drafted Kingsley Enagbare in the fifth round. Green Bay also Randy Ramsey is back from injury. Finally, the fact that the Packers drafted Quay Walker should allow them to use De’Vondre Campbell on the edge for some shots.

The narrow end was not handled at all. The Packers’ only significant moves were the re-signing of Robert Tonian, whose injury condition made him unclear for the start of the season, and the signing of former Saints draft pick Alizee Mack. For this position, Matt LaFleur’s style has always been trying to be multiplayer, with three types of players. There are the H-backs (Josiah Deguara and Dominique Dafney), the big receivers (Robert Tonyan and Tyler Davis), and the Bumpers (Marcedes Lewis). LaFleur will likely choose to maintain that approach and not add any other players to the room, but it wouldn’t be surprising if they signed up for another receiving option to complete the offense until Tonian returns.

Perhaps the most worrisome needs are at the secondary level. While they have five excellent rookies in Jaire Alexander, Eric Stokes, Rasul Douglas, Adrian Amos and Darnell Savage, the depth is poor. This is where the versatile option, which can play both a corner kick and a safety, can help give the team versatility and safety in the event of injury.

1) AJ Boy, Cornback, Carolina Panthers
Pouilly is a 30-year-old at a defensive back and has played well to start his football career. He was even a second All-Pro team in 2017, his first season with the Jaguars. In the past two years, he’s had a dip in play, being released by the Broncos and Panthers. Although he’s not a strong player anymore, he can help Depth Packers with experience and crafting ability. Pouille has 14 interceptions and 75 assists he has defended in 110 games.

2) Jaquiski Tartt, Safety, San Francisco 49ers
Tartt will be remembered for his sharp drop in a potential interception during the 49ers’ recent NFCCG against Matthew Stafford and the Rams, but Safety had a solid season in San Francisco, earning a 61.8 PFF score. Tartt’s problem lies in his injury history – he has played more than 10 matches only once in the past four seasons. But to be a third security, especially considering that packages should use packages less than a dime in 2022 after Quay Walker was drafted, it’s more than enough.

3) Carlos Dunlap, Edge, Seattle Seahawks
We could have two Ingram files here, but the Kansas City Chiefs bid UFA, so he wouldn’t sign for less than $4.4 million. Takk McKinley was another option, but he tore his Achilles tendon in December. Dunlap will come in as the third choice before youngsters like Ramsey and Enagbare. He’s an expert and a producer, with 16 sacks over the past two years – last season he was a reserve in Seattle most of the time, but he still had 8.5 sacks and a score of 72.1 PFF.

4) Eric Ebron, narrow tip, Pittsburgh Steelers
Ebron was surpassed by rookie Pat Freiermiuth on the Steelers depth chart last season, but he has had a good history as a receiving weapon. Ebron clearly didn’t justify his stock draft (10th overall pick by the Lions in 2014), but he’s had over 500 yards five times during his career. His best season was with the Indianapolis Colts, in 2018, when he hit 750 yards and 13 touchdowns.

5) Carson Tinker, Long Snapper, Los Angeles Rams
Well, I can’t do that without adding a special team. The Packers have three kickers and only one long snapper, and Stephen Wertell doesn’t seem like a long-term solution. Therefore, it is only fair to add competition. Tinker was the Jaguars’ Player of the Year from 2013 to 2018, but he hasn’t played much since then. Last season, though, he worked under Rich Bisachia, the new Packers Special Teams coordinator, and played one game for the Las Vegas Raiders when Trent Sieg was placed on the Reserve/Covid list. After that, he was signed to the Rams coaching squad and earned a Super Bowl ring.

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