3. How deep is the rush?
It’s great to hear how much better Clay Matthews is feeling compared to last year, but we’re only in the preseason.
His snaps will need to be reduced to ensure that he will be ready to contribute during the postseason and in order for that to occur, Kyler Fackrell and Jayrone Elliott will be expected to elevate their respective games.
The 6-foot-5 Fackrell is long and can bend, but what he lacks is strength.
In one camp drill, according to Ryan Schlipp of PackerNet.com, the young outside linebacker was essentially flipped into the air by 188-pound Trevor Davis on a blitz pickup.
Earlier in the summer, linebackers coach Winston Moss stated that Fackrell also needed to be more aggressive and stop thinking too much in live action.
Third-year defender Elliott, conversely, has exhibited a great deal of physicality to this point and has won his fair share of one-on-ones as a result.
As for Vince Biegel, he’s been active in walkthroughs, but has yet to be activated from the PUP (physically-unable-to-perform) list.
Biegel may be someone that can give the defense a shot in the arm later in the year, but he has lots of catching up to do.
Don’t be surprised to see the front office add a grizzled sack master depending on what transpires during the preseason tune-up.