Green Bay Packers
- Lambeau Field
- Head Coach
- Matt LaFleur
- Offensive Coordinator
- Nathaniel Hackettt
- Defensive Coordinator
- Mike Pettine
- Special Teams Coach
- Defensive Scheme
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is trying to reach a comfort level with new head coach Matt LaFleur's offense by the time organized team activities and the mid-June minicamp are finished. "Id like to think I might be a half step ahead with my ability to recall things and learn things quickly, but I cant say Im an expert in this offense at this point," Rodgers said. "Its going to be a work in progress throughout the OTAs and minicamp. But its been a fun challenge to study more in the offseason." It's difficult learning a new offense, but we think Rodgers will be just fine. He wasn't quite himself in 2018 while battling a knee issue all year long, but Rodgers should be among the first quarterbacks off the board in fantasy drafts yet again this fall.
Green Bay Packers defensive end Rashan Gary (shoulder), the team's first-round pick at No. 12 overall, practiced for the first time this weekend with a brace on his right shoulder. Gary played in just nine games for Michigan last year due to his shoulder injury, but the team's medical staff cleared him during the pre-draft process. He is disputing reports that he's dealing with a torn labrum, and the Packers think he can play through the injury in his rookie season. Gary didn't appear to be limited at all in practices, but the rookies were held to only individual drills and 7-on-7 workouts. Gary has a lot of potential but didn't really live up to it in college, so he has bust potential in the NFL, especially if he's not healthy.
The Green Bay Packers are likely to sign defensive tackle Kenny Clark to a long-term contract extension before the start of the 2020 season. It was no surprise that the team exercised his fifth-year option on Wednesday. General manager Brian Gutenkunst called Clark "a dominant player on the defensive front" just last week. The 23-year-old had a career-high six sacks in 13 games last season and has accrued 10.5 quarterback takedowns in his three seasons with Green Bay. The Packers pass rush should be much improved in 2019.
The Green Bay Packers selected Michigan defensive end Rashan Gary with the 12th overall pick of the 2019 NFL draft. He's the second Michigan player to be taken in the first round of this draft, following Devin Bush. The knock on Gary is that he never really panned out as the No. 1 college recruit in his time with Michigan. Gary is a physical specimen, but he'll need to work harder to be productive in the NFL. Green Bay's coaching staff has their hands full, but there remains plenty of potential in Gary.
The Green Bay Packers traded up with the Seahawks and selected Maryland safety Darnell Savage with the No. 21 overall pick of the 2019 NFL draft. It's Green Bay's second pick of the first round on Thursday night. Savage is extremely versatile and had seven interceptions the last two years with excellent ball skills in the secondary. He's also a good tackler, has great range and can also cover receivers in the slot. Savage will be a Swiss Army knife for Green Bay's secondary in 2019 and beyond.