3. The Packers have young talent to build around
Let’s not forget about the young talent already on this team.
Davante Adams turned 26 years old on Christmas Eve. He’s made the Pro Bowl in back-to-back seasons. He hit the 1,000-yard receiving mark for the first time this year, and has caught at least 10 touchdown passes in each of the past three seasons. Adams has proved that he’s one of the best wide receivers in the NFL.
When given opportunities Aaron Jones has made huge difference on offense. Jones set career-highs in rushing yards and rushing touchdowns this season, and also averaged an impressive 5.5 yards per carry, the same as last year.
If Jones plays all 16 games in 2019 and the new head coach gives him a featured role, there’s no doubt in my mind he’ll hit 1,000 yards and double-digit touchdowns.
Rookie wide receivers Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Equanimeous St. Brown have stepped up when the Packers have needed them this season, and as they continue to earn Aaron Rodgers’ trust, they will only become even better players.
Over on defense, Kenny Clark continues to get better each year and is quickly becoming one of the best defensive linemen in the league. Clark set a career-high in sacks with six this season before getting injured.
Clark was named an alternate for the Pro Bowl, but it’s only a matter of time before he’s a regular selection and an All-Pro. Clark only turned 23 in October.
Rookie Jaire Alexander has already given the Packers a huge upgrade at the cornerback position. Alexander has quickly become the team’s best corner, and as long as he stays healthy, he has the potential to become one of the league’s best in the next few years.
While the Packers have a tough decision to make at head coach and need to add more talent to the roster this offseason, they already have a lot of young talent on both sides of the ball to build around.