Defensive line (5) – 35/53
Kenny Clark, Dean Lowry, Tyler Lancaster, Treyvon Hester, Kingsley Keke
One major concern for the Packers this season is the defensive line. Kenny Clark was the only defensive lineman to play at a high level last year, which should lead to a contract extension in the near future. Until that happens, Clark is entering a contract year.
Last summer, the Packers gave Dean Lowry a three-year contract extension worth $20.33 million. A year in, this looks to have been a bad decision. Lowry still has three years remaining on his contract and will have a cap hit of $5.2 million this season, according to Spotrac. The Packers need Lowry to play a lot better in 2020.
The Packers waived Gerald Willis earlier this week as they continue to cut down the roster, which means Treyvon Hester is the one free agent addition along the defensive line. Green Bay will be hoping Hester can make a difference to the run defense.
It’s a real surprise the Packers didn’t make more changes at defensive tackle. Green Bay had the 23rd-ranked run defense in 2019 and, well, we all know what happened in the NFC Championship Game. Opponents with strong ground games will continue to test this defense until they can show they can defend the run.