Dean Lowry put together the best season of his career last year. Can the Green Bay Packers‘ defensive tackle build on this in 2022?
Lowry will face competition from new additions Jarran Reed and Devonte Wyatt.
Is there a possibility the Packers move on from Lowry to create cap space, or is he a roster lock at this point?
Lowry started all 17 games for the Packers last season. He made 42 tackles, five tackles for loss, and set career-highs in sacks with five and quarterback hits with nine.
According to Pro Football Reference, Kenny Clark was the only defensive lineman to play more snaps than Lowry for the Packers last year.
2021 season review
This was easily Lowry’s best season in Green Bay. While we’ve seen moments of great play from him in the past, Lowry was far more consistent in 2021 and played a key role in the Packers’ defense ranking ninth.
Will he make the roster?
Even after a good season, this was no guarantee this past spring. The Packers could have decided to create some cap space by releasing Lowry. The fact they didn’t shows their confidence in him moving forward.
Given the Packers’ defensive line depth, there is still an outside possibility Lowry could be a surprise cut at training camp. But the key there is that it would be a surprise.
What to expect in 2022
Assuming Lowry remains in Green Bay, it will be fascinating to see how the snaps along the defensive line are distributed.
Lowry was excellent last season but now faces competition from free-agent signing Jarran Reed, who has started 74 games over the past five seasons.
Then there is first-round pick Devonte Wyatt, who could take on a featured role early on.
The defensive line depth only helps the Packers, and Lowry will still have a significant role to play regardless of if he is a starter.