Starter: Datone Jones
This is going to be a fascinating season for Datone Jones, who will be taking on an expanded role in the Packers defense. Jones is going to split time between defensive end and outside linebacker in an “elephant” rusher role. Due to Mike Pennel’s suspension, the Packers will likely look to roll him out along the defensive line more often early on.
This is an important year for the 2013 first-round pick. To now he’s failed to live up to his day one draft status, but a different role might help maximize his talents.
Backup: Dean Lowry
Dean Lowry is an exciting prospect, and he is a true five-technique end the Packers have needed. Expectations should be held in check early on as he gets used to the grind of the NFL, but Lowry will likely see the field early on as the Packers will want to use a lot of rotation in the heat of Jacksonville to kickoff the regular season.
Lowry is a perfect fit for the five-technique role in Dom Capers’ defense, and this is where he’ll spend most of his time as a rookie.
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