Packers: 10 things they must do in the 2020 offseason

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Green Bay Packers, Tyler Ervin
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7. Add special teams talent

Similarly to the defense, special teams has been an issue in Green Bay since Desmond Howard left the team. The Packers were ranked 26th in special teams in 2019 by Rick Gosselin, which is hardly a surprise. The Packers needed four months to find a competent kick returner, and still struggle mightily to cover kicks downfield. JK Scott and Mason Crosby do their part as kickers, but the returns, coverages, and protections leave so much to be desired.

The Packers did very little to help their offense or defense with their return game in 2019. Re-signing Tyler Ervin has to be a priority. But Taiwan Jones, Tavon Austin, and Adrian Phillips should all be looked at. The Packers simply have to be better at flipping the field position and giving their defense more room to work with. Green Bay has been among the league’s worst in special teams year after year after year, and 2019 didn’t disappoint.

8. Draft a running back

The Packers don’t necessarily need to draft a running back all that high, but after Aaron Jones enjoyed a statistically historic season, he may become a prime candidate for a holdout beginning next year. Jamaal Williams will be a free agent at the same time as Jones, and Dexter Williams looked absolutely awful in limited time during his rookie year. Even if Tyler Ervin re-signs, the Packers need another back in the picture.

Green Bay should try to kill two birds with one stone, and target Antonio Gibson on day three of the draft. Gibson played both receiver and running back at Memphis, and would add desperately needed speed to either position. He could become a more durable Ty Montgomery if utilized properly. J.J. Taylor could also be a consideration late in the draft.