2022 Discount Review: Green Bay Packers

As the Tampa Bay Buccaneers training camp approaches, and with it the unofficial start to the season, we take a closer look at the opponents in the team’s 2022 schedule. Next up are the Green Bay Packers, who visit Raymond James Stadium in Week Three on September 25. Sunday afternoon’s competition will be the first game at the Bucs Stadium this season and begins in an exciting way with the much-anticipated NFC game. The confrontation between Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers will be the first time the two teams have met since the 2020 qualifiers.

The Green Bay Packers won the NFC North for the third consecutive season (2019-21) and ranked No. 1 post-season in NFC in 2021 for the fourth time since 1990 (providing a home field advantage) but failed from the ultimate goal. Throughout the season, the Packers have dealt with a myriad of injuries. Zadarius Smith, the club’s first pass holder, was put on the injured reserve after the first week, and the club also lost corner back Jair Alexander due to a shoulder injury, and Green Bay had to train without starting the left tackle and attacking line pivot, David Bakhtiari while he worked. way back from a torn ACL. Despite injuries, the Packers have once again cemented themselves as one of the NFL’s powerhouses.

Green Bay wrapped up the 2021 season as one of the league’s premier air attacks, led by the NFL’s best under center player: Aaron Rodgers. With his extreme accuracy, the mechanically voiced caller threw 4,115 yards and threw 37 touchdowns to just four interceptions. The 38-year-old led the offense to 10th in the league on points per game (360 yards on average per competition). One of the NFL’s top road management technicians, Davant Adams has cemented his esteemed legacy on the track, surpassing Jordi Nelson’s single-season record. He has 123 high passes for 1,553 yards and 11 touchdowns. However, against the 49ers in the playoffs, after two successful opening attempts, the offense struggled to produce out Adams and Aaron Jones. The club mustered just 58 yards into the second half as its exciting season drew to a close.

On the defensive side of the ball, Green Bay made new strides under Joe Barry in his first year. The former Los Angeles Rams assistant led the unit to the top 15 in points, allowing yardage scramble and yardage passes in every game. In his third year, Rashaan Gary had an impressive campaign with 9.5 sacks in 16 games and Preston Smith rose to a bigger role with Zadarius Smith absent. His nine saves and two forced fouls turned the momentum into Green Bay. Messenger Douglas has reached new heights with five interceptions in his career in nine games, including two in a row. Against the Cardinals, Douglas sealed victory with an interception in the end zone as the clock ended.

A blatant weakness for the team that many believe will represent the NFC in the Super Bowl? The special teams were an absolute nightmare for packers along the expanse. The divisional post-season tour was a microcosm of the team’s lackluster unit. Against San Francisco, the Packers gave a forbidden kick and succumbed to a dead-end field goal. Their own team unit ranked last in opponent’s average kick return with 12.8 yards given up per bounce and field goal conversion at the second lowest in the league. Instead of lifting the Lombardy Trophy, like so many other teams, the Packers are left with the pervasive question, “What if?”

The Packers drafted quarterback Quay Walker and defensive tackle Devonte Wyatt in the first round to bolster the defense. In a surprising turn of events, the beamers went through to pick Jameson Williams to fill the void at the receiver. Williams would have come off the board a lot faster, but he tore down the AFC Champions League in the CFP National Championship game. The Packers decided to go a different path and the defensive acquisitions didn’t stop with Walker Wyatt. Brian Gutekunst brought in another viable contributor as Green Bay signed on to tackle veteran Jarran Reed at free agency, cementing the line next to Kenny Clark. Reed has 80 career starts and can make an impact from day one with his ability to pass inside fast. The Packers also brought back All-Pro linebacker De’Vondre Campbell, tight end Robert Tonyan (he knocked out a torn ACL he suffered in October) and penalized Pat O’Donnell. Green Bay tendered Allen Lazard, with the relationship he established with Rodgers. They managed to retain Jaire Alexander and brought on Sammy Watkins, along with second-round pick Christian Watson to replace Adams contributions. However, losing one of the league’s top five receivers would be a tough boot to fill in the frozen tundra.

The Packers lost two of their top three receivers from last season with the Davante Adams blockbuster trade and Marquez Valdes-Scantling’s departure to the Chiefs. The Packers traded Adams for the Raiders in exchange for the first pick (22 overall) and the second round (no. 53) in this year’s draft. Cover space created by Adams trading allowed Packers to re-sign Douglas and Campbell. As a victim of the hat, the Packers release Zadarius Smith in order to secure Rodgers’ new lucrative contract.

An embarrassing 2021 production by the Special Teams unit led to the change. Matt LaFleur hired Rich Bisaccia to take on the role of special teams coordinator. With a large number of careers spanning the past two decades in the NFL, Bisaccia is highly regarded for his leadership. Previously, he was an assistant head coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, (then) San Diego Chargers, Dallas Cowboys and Las Vegas Raiders. After Jon Gruden finished, the Raiders promoted Bisaccia to interim caretaker coach and led the club to seven wins in 13 games. Al Hazmoun needs a big improvement in the special teams stage and now Bisaccia will take over. Packers hope it will be a catalyst for change in the development of the undervalued unit in Green Bay.

How will many key players recover from ACL injuries?

Green Bay has been decimated due to long-term injuries suffered by several key players in the past year. Robert Tonian, David Bakhtiari, Elgton Jenkins and Kellen Hill have all sustained major ACL injuries. Bakhtiari struggled with his back in December of 2020 but did not fully recover last season, needed additional rehab, and Jenkins was injured in November of 2022. Jenkins may look to return mid-season to make up the squad. Tonian and Hill’s injuries against the Cardinals came in October of 2021. Speculation about when everyone will be able to get dressed during the 2022 regular season follows. The return schedule is unknown but post-injury production is also a question mark with the nature of the injuries involved.

How can a packer replace Dafonte Adams?

Davante Adams and Marquis Valdes-Scantling put in close to 2,000 yards in 2021. Replacing their impact will be difficult, and with the club’s attacking attacking centering on passing complementing Rodgers, more pressure is being put on the passing cast. With noteworthy video game features, Adams did it all for the Packers featuring YAC ability, deadly double moves, and a rare breakaway generation release. He was almost unguarded and now the Packers will enter a transition period in the top position. For Kansas City, Watkins averaged 537 yards per season, but that was the result of the crowded reception room behind Terek Hill and Travis Kelsey. Both Christian Watson and fourth-round pick Romeo Dobbs will undergo an off-season process to learn the details of the Packers track and build a camaraderie with Rodgers. A proper Lazard and Tonyan can help withstand the slack. Watkins has vertical speed and can increase his leverage to catch the ball, extend his arm away from his body and blast through the capture point. It has mostly been used on targets behind the line of melee or short crossing roads. Watkins has a running mindset with the ball in his hands. He will be looking to anchor the wire with Watson. Watson, a threat of size and speed outside of North Dakota, will strive to become a team maker at the NFL level. His acceleration outside the line of melee made him an intriguing prospect and his resilience would provide an upside for Matt LaFleur and his teammates.

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