They may have gotten off to a slow start last season, but the Packers still had the highest scoring offense in the league. With their top two receivers (Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb) locked down for the near future, Eddie Lacy entering his third year, and the best Quarterback in the league behind center, could the Pack be even more explosive in 2015?
Bryan Bulaga, Josh Sitton, T.J. Lang, David Baktiari, and Corey Linsley make up one of the top offensive lines in the NFL, and we all know it starts in the trenches. After being sacked a career high 51 times in 2012, Rodgers was only taken down 21 and 28 times in 2013 and 2014 respectively.
The Packers signal caller should be able to rest easy knowing that the complete line that has been the best since he took over at Quarterback (based on the efficiency of their run blocking and pass blocking proficiency) is returning this upcoming season.
The Line also helped Packer running backs achieve 4.39 yards per carry last year. With Eddie Lacy returning for his third year and only getting better, that can cause nightmares for defenses who ‘s main concern is the passing game.
Lacy has averaged 1159 yards and 10 TD’s per season in his short career, and is improving as a receiver adding 4 TD’s through the air last year.
Cobb and Nelson combined for 189 receptions, 2806 receiving yards, and 25 TD’s last season, and may not even be the best receivers on the team.
“Devante is a very polished player and he has an excellent demeanor for a guy who’s going to be a star.” Aaron Rodgers said about receiver Davante Adams who is heading into his 2nd NFL season. He also compared his charisma to Julius Peppers and Charles Woodson, and added, “But there are few guys that ‘get it.’ And he has supreme confidence, and it’s contagious.”
The Packers stable of receivers also includes 2nd year player Jeff Janis who is bigger and faster than Jordy Nelson who he’s been compared to, and rookie Ty Montgomery, who is being called a bigger Randall Cobb.
The position that has been the weakest for the Packers has been tight end, and Rodgers sees a player who he thinks is greatly improved there as well. He believes that Andrew Quarles has finally made the jump. If so, that means Rodgers will be looking to him more often, and that may give the Packers the most potent offense in many years, if not ever.
Last year when the offense sputtered early, Rodgers told anxious Packer fans to relax. This year Packer fans have reason to be excited, but for another reason. With an offense that appears to be much improved. They could be looking history square in the eyes.