Packers: 10 players who need to step up in 2020 season

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Green Bay Packers, Rashan Gary
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4. Rashan Gary

Rashan Gary didn’t need to have a dominant rookie season due to the performances of the Smith Bros. Gary was always going to need some time to develop and adjust the NFL, but the Packers will need more from him in year two.

Gary only played 244 defensive snaps last season, making two sacks and three quarterback hits in that time. Expect his role to increase this year, especially now that Kyler Fackrell is gone. Fackrell was the top backup at outside linebacker.

Gary didn’t make a big impact in his first season but he can still be a star edge rusher. But the Packers need him to step up this year.

3. Ricky Wagner

By not re-signing Bryan Bulaga, the Packers were moving on from a player who offered consistency at the right tackle position for a decade. Now, that job belongs to free-agent signing Ricky Wagner. And while the Packers have good depth at the interior positions along the offensive line, there’s no obvious replacement for Wagner should he get injured or not perform well.

The Packers surprisingly didn’t draft an offensive lineman early this year, which means the right tackle spot is Wagner’s to lose. If he can get back to his best, the Packers’ pass-protection will remain one of the league’s best.