What impact will the new additions make?
The main reason why there are such high expectations for the defense this season is the moves made by general manager Brian Gutekunst this offseason. Gutekunst upgraded the pass rush right away in free agency by signing Za’Darius Smith, who played four seasons with the Baltimore Ravens, and Preston Smith, who was part of the Washington Redskins defense for four years. Both players will be expected to start in Green Bay.
The Packers then used the 12th overall pick in April’s draft to continue to build the pass rush with Michigan’s Rashan Gary.
Gutekunst took a similar approach at safety. The Packers first signed one of the best safeties available in free agency, Adrian Amos, and then used a first-round pick on Darnell Savage Jr., giving the Packers two new starters at the position.
Green Bay added depth to the defense in the later rounds, selecting defensive lineman Kingsley Keke, cornerback Ka’Dar Hollman and linebacker Ty Summers.
Green Bay’s defense is expected to be much better in 2019, and potentially even a top-10 defense. But for that to happen, they’ll need contributions from the new additions to the roster.
What are your expectations for the Green Bay Packers defense this season?