3 Packers who don’t deserve another season in 2022

Green Bay Packers, Tyler Lancaster (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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Green Bay Packers, Tyler Lancaster
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Tyler Lancaster, DT

One area the Packers desperately need to improve is the defensive line. Kenny Clark is a Pro Bowler and Dean Lowry is coming off his best season in Green Bay, but the depth behind them is nonexistent.

Tyler Lancaster has been a solid part of the Packers’ defensive line rotation in recent years, but he’s never been more than that. He has 1.5 sacks in four seasons, all of them coming in 2019.

Lancaster played in 16 games this past season, starting three, but his most memorable play, unfortunately, came in the playoffs against the San Francisco 49ers. With the Packers in position to make it a two-score game with a field goal before halftime, Lancaster was beaten and the field goal was blocked.

Some of the blame belongs to then-special teams coordinator Maurice Drayton. Having Lancaster covering two 49ers defenders led to predictable results. However, Lancaster’s reactions were too slow and, instead of blocking the defender on the inside, he stuck out an arm to block the defender off the edge and didn’t really block either player.

Lancaster allowed the player with the shortest path to the kicker get past him with ease, and it led to the block.

Does Lancaster do enough on either defense or special teams to be re-signed? A free agent this offseason, the Packers should look for an upgrade.