Packers: Predicting Week 1 starters at offensive skill positions

Green Bay Packers, Allen Lazard (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers, Allen Lazard (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) /

Who will start for the Packers at the offensive skill positions?

Last month, I predicted the starters at each position for the Green Bay Packers in the season opener against the Minnesota Vikings.

Now that we’re less than three weeks away from the season beginning, and with the benefit of learning more from training camp, I’m going to be updating my predictions at each position.

We begin with quarterback, running back, wide receiver, and tight end.

I have the Packers starting with 12 personnel — one running back, two tight ends, and two wide receivers. They’ll want to start strong and be able to move the ball on the ground. Expect to see a lot of the 12 personnel for the Packers this year.

Who will start for Packers at offensive skill positions?

QB: Aaron Rodgers

RB: Aaron Jones

WR: Davante Adams, Allen Lazard

TE: Robert Tonyan, Marcedes Lewis

Jordan Love isn’t ready to take over the QB1 spot yet. And no, neither is Tim Boyle. Aaron Rodgers is still the Packers’ most important player.

How the snaps are distributed at running back now that AJ Dillon is part of the backfield remains to be seen, but Aaron Jones remains the star player at running back for Green Bay. He’ll likely be the starter in every game he plays, and he should have the majority of the RB touches.

With Devin Funchess opting out, Allen Lazard is the obvious choice to start alongside Davante Adams at wide receiver, although if Marquez Valdes-Scantling can build on a strong start to training camp, his snap counts should be much closer to the first half of last season, not the second half.

Jace Sternberger is set for a big role on offense this season, but that doesn’t mean he’ll start Week 1. Sternberger is playing catchup after missing the start of training camp on the reserve/COVID-19 list, while Bob Tonyan has been impressing at practice.

Tonyan gets the start with Marcedes Lewis, but we should see a lot of both Tonyan and Sternberger this year.