The Green Bay Packers lost Za’Darius Smith this offseason, but can they still have a dominant pass rush?
Green Bay has invested a lot at defensive tackle and inside linebacker this year. It’s now up to the edge rushers to back them up.
Ahead of the start of training camp this week, let’s take a closer look at the Packers’ edge rushers.
Rashan Gary enters year four with the Packers. He has improved each season. After stepping into a starting role in 2021, Gary led the Packers in sacks with 9.5 and quarterback hits with 28.
Preston Smith returned to form last season, making nine sacks and 17 quarterback hits. He was back to his best and continues to be a valuable starter in Green Bay’s defense.
Like last year, Tipa Galeai and Jonathan Garvin will be competing for a backup spot behind the starters. Randy Ramsey will also be in contention for a roster spot, although he will begin training camp on the PUP list, according to ESPN’s Rob Demovsky.
A player to watch this summer is fifth-round pick Kingsley Enagbare. While he was a Day 3 selection, he knows how to get pressure on quarterbacks.
According to Pro Football Focus, Enagbare’s pass-rush grade ranked third among Power Five edge rushers last season.
LaDarius Hamilton and Chauncey Manac will be competing for roster spots at training camp.
The sky is the limit for Rashan Gary. He could be an All-Pro this season. That’s how talented he is.
As a group, expectations should perhaps be lowered somewhat. Outside of Gary and Preston Smith, depth is a real concern.
The Packers should have high hopes for Kingsley Enagbare, who could develop into a starter at edge rusher. But can he be a major contributor on defense in year one? That remains to be seen.
If the Packers can add a veteran outside linebacker to provide some depth, the pass rush could be up there with the best in the NFL.