Out of all of the players on the defensive side of the Green Bay Packers that have played well this year, I think Dean Lowry deserves a spotlight.
Lowry has been with the Packers for the entire duration of his five-year NFL career and quite frankly has never stood out as a fantastic player. He’s always had his moments here and there, but has seemed to struggle with consistency.
During the 2021 campaign, Lowry has been noticeably better and has been a part of the success of the Packers defense. After reviewing some film, Lowry has improved significantly as a run-stopper and a pass-rusher — with the hand movement and leg work improvement also sticking out.
Lowry is backing up his improved play on the stat sheet as well. As of Week 10, Lowry is sitting at 3.0 sacks, eight pressures, and 29 tackles. If he continues at that pace, Lowry would break every single one of his personal single-season records and give him arguably his best season ever.
Going into an off-season that will see an out in his contract, Lowry is making a great case to stay around in a green and gold uniform. According to Spotrac, the former fourth-round pick has a cap hit of $7.9 million next year – which I’d be fine with personally if Lowry continues to play at this level.
I’m not going to overreact and say that Lowry is one of the best players in football or anything, I just simply think he deserves credit for his play this year. His season is only going under the radar due to other star defensive players like Rashan Gary, De’Vondre Campbell and Rasul Douglas — but I also think that his play could be be chalked up to the guys around him making him better.
If this happens to be Lowry’s last season as a Packer, it’s nice to see him go out with a bang.