Green Bay Packers 2019 roster preview: Kenny Clark

Green Bay Packers, Kenny Clark (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers, Kenny Clark (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /

Kenny Clark could be set for another excellent season in the Green Bay Packers defense.

Kenny Clark has quickly become the most important player on the Green Bay Packers‘ defense, and it was no surprise when the team decided to pick up his fifth-year option earlier this offseason.

It was the right decision to ensure a superstar talent remains in Green Bay for an additional season. Entering 2019, he’s once again going to be a key part of the Packers defensive line.

2018 stats

Despite missing three games to injury, Clark finished with a career-best six sacks, and also tied his career-high for tackles with 55. Clark also finished with more quarterback hits (nine) and tackles for loss (eight) than in any other season.

2018 review

Sooner or later, the NFL will realize what Packers fans have been watching for the past couple of years, which is that Clark is a rising star. Each year, his production continues to increase, and that would’ve been helped with the arrival of Mike Pettine as defensive coordinator last season.

An injury ended Clark’s season, but he again proved his importance to the team with a great year.

Odds of making roster: 100 percent

Clark has a 100 percent chance of making the roster, and if Mike Pettine could only choose one Packers defensive player to start a new team with, there’s a good chance it’d be Clark.

What to expect in 2019?

Another great season from an elite defensive tackle. Clark is entering his fourth season in the NFL, but incredibly, he’s still only 23 years old. It’s amazing how talented he already is and he hasn’t even hit the prime years of his career yet.

While Clark is under contract for another two seasons with the Packers picking up his fifth-year option, don’t be surprised if the team aims to agree a long-term deal with Clark following this season.

Considering how important Clark is to the team, the Packers can’t afford to lose him in free agency following the 2020 season.

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Clark has improved in every season in his career, and there’s no doubt in my mind that he will continue to get better in 2019.