It is a very talented and physical group of football players.
Unfortunately, one word sums up all of these players and their success for 2014 … health – or lack thereof.
This list comprises 25 percent of the roster. When compiling this list I noticed just how many questions there are surrounding the Green Bay Packers as they enter their offseason workouts and prepare for the NFL Draft on May 8.
Here are just a few of the questions that arise from the injured players from last season:
• Will Clay Matthews’ second Bennett fracture make him now on the downside of his young career?
• Will Quarless, Sherrod and Worthy come back better now two years removed from their surgeries?
• Even if healthy, is J.C. Tretter the next starter at center?
• Is DuJuan Harris a novelty act or the real deal (change of pace back)?
• Will Casey Hayward be 100 percent this season?
• Can Datone Jones be great starting this season?
• Can Micah Hyde be a difference-maker at safety?
• Will Sean Richardson be the physical safety the Packers once envisioned?
• Will age (34) catch up with Julius Peppers this season?
• The Packers defensive line is much smaller this season, but faster. Will that hurt or help the run defense?
And that’s just the questions on injured players coming back.
• What about backup quarterback? Is Scott Tolzien capable of being a reliable number two?
• Is Matt Flynn number two?
• Will Don Barclay be the starting center and Bulaga the starting right tackle?
• Can Morgan Burnett be an impact player?
• Is Davon House ever going to start consistently contributing?
• The jury is out on Josh Boyd - can he produce and be ‘big’ inside?
• How will they adjust to having no bonafide pass catching tight end?
• Who will be the fourth and fifth receivers?
• Is this the year Jarrett Bush gets cut?
A quick glance and thought of the Packers would have us thinking all is hunky-dory, but it’s not.
If most of these questions can be answered positively, it could be a super season. It’s not panic mode by any means, but things aren’t as solid as one might think.
It can be, and I think it will be, but it’s not yet. Isn’t that is what the offseason is for?