Packers have stars at key positions, and CBS Sports agrees
To have success in the NFL, your team needs good depth throughout the roster. But you also need a strong core with talent at key positions. That’s what the Green Bay Packers have.
What’s the old adage? Teams need a passer, pass protector, pass rusher, and a pass defender. It’s also important to have a top pass catcher.
And the Packers tick a few of those boxes.
CBS Sports have recently released their staff rankings for the Top 100 players in the NFL for the 2019 season. And four Packers have made the list.
In the rankings, the Packers have a passer, a pass protector and a pass catcher. The other isn’t a true pass rusher, but was one of the team’s leaders in sacks last season.
The passer? That, of course, would be Aaron Rodgers, who is ranked sixth in the list and third among quarterbacks. The two-time MVP enters the 2019 season with an exciting new offense, and one that could help him regain his position as the NFL’s number one QB.
The pass protector? Enter David Bakhtiari, who has a hat-trick of All-Pro selections as the Packers left tackle. Bakhtiari is 22nd in the rankings, and first of all offensive linemen.
The pass catcher? That would be Davante Adams, who put up 1,386 yards and 13 touchdowns in a career-year in 2018. With double-digit touchdowns in three straight seasons, Adams has established himself as one of the best red zone threats in football, and an elite wide receiver. Adams is 60th in the Top 100, eighth among receivers.
The Packers don’t have an edge rusher on the list, but they do have defensive tackle Kenny Clark, a young defensive star who generates interior pass rush in Mike Pettine’s defense. Clark has 10.5 sacks over the past two seasons with six in 2018. He is 83rd in the Top 100, 11th among defensive linemen.
Three Packers in the rankings are among the top 10 at their respective positions.
The only key position missing was a pass defender. But the Packers have a rising star on the roster, cornerback Jaire Alexander.
Tipped by many analysts to have a Pro Bowl season in 2019, Alexander will be aiming to build on a rookie season that he finished with 11 passes defended, an interception and selection in the 2018 PFWA All-Rookie Team.
The Packers have stars at four crucial positions, and Alexander could soon complete the set.