Packers: Dallin Leavitt can help improve the special teams

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The “Rich Bisaccia Connection” continues to be working wonders for the Green Bay Packers.

After the team signed former Las Vegas Raiders cornerback and special teams contributor Keisean Nixon earlier this offseason, the Packers have signed another former Raiders defensive back that played under Bisaccia in Las Vegas.

Dallin Leavitt played safety and an important role on special teams for Bisaccia and the Raiders in each of the last four seasons. He will most likely do the same in Green Bay.

Leavitt led the Raiders with 12 tackles on special teams last season, according to the Packers’ official website. The Oregon native played 348 snaps on special teams in 2021, per Pro Football Reference. The rest were played at safety.

He played in 42 games over the last four seasons in Las Vegas and set a career high with 35 total tackles last season. He even started one game at safety.

That is also why this is a good signing by general manager Brian Gutekunst. Not only is Leavitt one of the better special teams players in the league, but he is also a veteran on defense. He is not an All-Pro or anything crazy special, but he brings in more experience and depth. The Packers were in desperate need of that behind Adrian Amos and Darnell Savage.

However, it is clear the biggest impact Leavitt will make is on special teams. The connection he and Bisaccia have together is going to be significant in Green Bay.

Bisaccia is starting to turn what was once a league-worst special teams unit into one of the more improved units on paper, and training camp hasn’t even started yet.

The Green Bay Packers are quietly improving a unit that was one of the worst in the NFL over the last few seasons. The improvement might just help get this team to Arizona in February.