4. Offensive line
Starters: Elgton Jenkins, Lucas Patrick, Josh Myers, Royce Newman, Billy Turner
Backups: Yosh Nijman, Jon Runyan, Jake Hanson, Dennis Kelly
PUP: David Bakhtiari
The Packers’ offensive line was the best in football a year ago. Based on talent alone, they can be near the top again this season. There are some concerns, though. They’ve lost one All-Pro in center Corey Linsley, now replaced by second-round pick Josh Myers. Along with fourth-rounder Royce Newman, two rookies are set to start.
It’s clear they’re both talented and have earned their jobs, but there will be ups and downs as there always will be with first-year players.
The Packers will also be without another All-Pro, left tackle David Bakhtiari, for at least six weeks as he’s on the PUP list due to the ACL tear he suffered late last year. Once Bakhtiari returns and the two rookies get some time out on the field, this offensive line can be dominant.
The Packers are lucky to have a player like Elgton Jenkins, a Pro Bowler at guard last year but able to line up anywhere. He’ll cover for Bakhtiari early in the season.
The team also has strong depth across the line.
3. Running back
Starter: Aaron Jones
Backups: AJ Dillon, Kylin Hill
Few teams enter 2021 with as talented a 1-2-3 at running back as the Packers.
Aaron Jones is one of the best in the league at his position, a Pro Bowler in 2020. He leads the way in an explosive rushing attack.
Even after losing Jamaal Williams, the depth is strong. AJ Dillon is a powerful runner and is set for an expanded role. Don’t sleep on his pass-catching ability, either.
Rookie Kylin Hill was one of the standouts of the summer for the Packers, and he looks like a three-down back in this offense. Even in a nightmare scenario where Jones and Dillon got injured, the Packers should have confidence Hill could come in and take over as the featured back.
This trio is as talented as they come.