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Written by: Nicholas Mullick Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nicholas-mullick-354076184/
With Training Camp about to start for the NFL in a few weeks, there are questions that follow each team. Like I did with the Buccaneers, I will be doing the Top 5 Biggest questions for every team heading into Training Camp. Next up is the Green Bay Packers who had the 22nd and 28th overall picks in the 2022 NFL Draft. But there are still questions that remain with this team.
1. With Aaron Rodgers resigning with the Packers, What will the Packers do with Jordan Love?
Everybody knew the moment the Packers selected QB Jordan Love in the 1st round of the 2020 NFL Draft. I thought that since Rodgers signed a long-term extension with the team that Jordan Love would be traded, well he is still on the roster as of now. This got me thinking if Green Bay will be waiting during the Trade Deadline this season to get rid of him or just let his contract expire. I don’t see Love taking over as the QB and the fact Rodgers is going to be here for more years to come, it makes no sense to keep him. Honestly, Love did not play that well when he was on the field against Kansas City and Detroit. Maybe the Packers don’t want to give up on Love or want insurance if Rodgers gets hurt. One thing is for sure, as of now, the Packers have wasted a 1st round pick on Jordan Love.
2. Who will step up at wide receiver?
With Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Davante Adams, and Equanimeous St. Brown’s departure the Packers had a big hole at the wide receiver position. There are plenty of receivers on the Packers now, but who will step out from the bunch? Allen Lazard is probably the best receiver on the roster and will likely get the number 1 receiver role. Randall Cobb might have plenty left in the tank, but he is here mainly still on the Packers because he is friends with QB Aaron Rodgers. Christian Watson the Packers selected in the second round of the 2022 NFL Draft and could be something this season. Sammy Watkins has been dependable as a receiver, but definitely a disappointment as a Top 5 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. Amari Rogers was terrible last season, but with another year of development could improve next season. Romeo Doubs was drafted in the 4th round in the 2022 NFL Draft and Samori Toure was drafted in the 7th round of that draft as well. Both could be something if they heavily impress in training camp and in the preseason. This is going to be a position battle to watch and I am heavily interested in who can step up or not?
3. Can David Bakhtiari produce the way he did when healthy?
The Packers offensive line was pretty good last year, even without one of the best tackles in the league David Bakhtiari. His knee injury must have been so severe that he could not play a game last season. He should be ready to go for the upcoming season, but I wonder if he will be able to perform at the same level he did when healthy. He is turning 31 in September and injuries can derail a player. Now this will be a wait-and-see as to how well he can revolver on the field, but if he can’t perform the way he did then it would not shock me if he was next to go in their next cap crunch.
4. Is Quay Walker the final piece for the Packers defense?
Let's be real, the Packers have desperately needed another piece to that linebacker core. De’Vondre Campbell played very well for the Packers last season. Imagine if the Packers gave him a partner to pair with on defense, my goodness he probably would have had a better season. So the Packers decided to select LB Quay Walker 22nd overall in the 1st round of the 2022 NFL Draft. As their secondary is good, pass rusher is good, the defensive line could get stronger depending on Devonte Wyatt’s development. If the selection of Quay Walker pans out, could it be the final piece on defense?
5. Which Devonte Wyatt are the Packers going to get?
This is more of a long-term question, but it has to be asked. I was surprised that the Packers chose Wyatt due to the depth of defensive line that they already had. Also, there are a ton of off-the-field issues that surround Devonte Wyatt that are a red flag. The talent is on the field, but this got me wondering which Devonte Wyatt will the Green Bay Packers get? Are they going to get the locker room distraction Devonte Wyatt or productive Devonte Wyatt? There is only one way for us to find out, but if this pick works out he and Kenny Clark will be a defensive line duo to fear.