Defensive line (5)
The big change along the defensive line is there is no Mike Daniels, who the Packers surprisingly released a day before training camp started. He has since signed with the Detroit Lions. But despite cutting Daniels, I don’t expect the Packers to keep a sixth defensive lineman to replace him, but rather go with just five.
Defensive coordinator Mike Pettine often goes with only two defensive linemen on the field. It’s also important to note that Za’Darius Smith and Rashan Gary could also line up along the defensive line.
Even without Daniels, the Packers have good depth.
Kenny Clark is the key player. He’s a future All-Pro, and the Packers will surely aim to work out a long-term contract extension before too long. Clark improves each year, is an excellent interior pass rusher and will once again play an important role in this defense.
Dean Lowry signed a contract extension last week, and he started with Clark and Montravius Adams in the base 3-4 defense last week, according to ESPN’s Rob Demovsky.
This group isn’t as talented without Daniels, but the Packers still have plenty of talent along the defensive line. Especially when you add in Smith and Gary to the mix.