Packers: 5 biggest concerns entering 2022 season
3. Defensive depth
Green Bay’s starting defense is as talented as any in the NFL.
The Packers have All-Pros and Pro Bowls at every level on defense. Kenny Clark on the defensive line, De’Vondre Campbell at inside linebacker, and Jaire Alexander in the secondary.
And with key players like Rashan Gary, Preston Smith, Quay Walker, Eric Stokes, and Adrian Amos, there is a lot to like about this defense.
However, take a look at the depth chart and, outside of the defensive line and inside linebacker, the Packers’ depth across the defense is a concern.
At edge rusher, the Packers have two reliable starters in Rashan Gary and Preston Smith. But they also lost former Pro Bowler Za’Darius Smith this offseason.
If either Gary or Smith misses any time, Green Bay will need fifth-round rookie Kingsley Enagbare to step into a starting position.
At cornerback, Green Bay has arguably the NFL’s best trio in Jaire Alexander, Eric Stokes, and Rasul Douglas. But, again, what if one of these players misses time? One of Shemar Jean-Charles, Keisean Nixon, or Kiondre Thomas could be needed to start.
Safety has a similar concern. Again, the Packers have an excellent starting combination of Adrian Amos and Darnell Savage, but it’s unclear who would be next in line. Shawn Davis and Vernon Scott would seem the most likely.
The Packers would benefit from signing a veteran edge rusher or defensive back this summer.