6. Adding depth post-draft
The move: Brian Gutekunst wasn’t done adding talent to the roster following the 2018 NFL Draft. He has since signed tight end Marcedes Lewis and offensive lineman Byron Bell.
Analysis: Gutekunst recognized that the Packers lacked depth at both tight end and along the offensive line, and he used free agency to help strengthen the roster.
It’s unlikely you’ll find a true difference-maker at this stage of the offseason, but that’s not always what you need. These kind of signings can help teams win championships. Who knows how valuable additional depth along the offensive line can be late in the year? Having an experienced player ready to step in is never a bad thing.
Lewis isn’t just a depth addition, though. He will see plenty of playing time due to his ability to block. He is also more than capable of causing problems for defenders in the red zone. A trio of Lewis, Jimmy Graham and Davante Adams in the red zone won’t be fun for defenses.
Bell will compete for a starting job this summer. The Packers have a number of questions along the right side of the offensive line. Justin McCray is a candidate to win the guard job, but who will start at right tackle in Week 1 if Bryan Bulaga isn’t ready to return from injury?
The Packers needed more depth at key positions. Gutekunst agreed.