One of the only questions on defense for the Green Bay Packers this offseason was how they were going to provide depth behind veteran edge rushers Rashan Gary and Preston Smith.
They parted ways with All-Pro edge rusher Za’Darius Smith this offseason, which didn’t help things much. However, the team made the move to draft South Carolina’s J.J. Enagbare in the fifth round to help fill the void.
It is safe to say that he has turned it on this preseason and is solidifying himself as the team’s No. 3 edge rusher.
In last Friday’s first preseason game for the Packers against the San Francisco 49ers, Enagbare made a sack and two quarterback hits.
He has also been in the face of quarterback Aaron Rodgers repeatedly in practice. Enagbare hasn’t just been beating backup offensive linemen in practice, he has also been beating starters consistently.
The 6-4 Enagbare is using his size and power to wreak havoc in the offensive backfield. After a quiet start to the summer, he is really starting to come on.
The former Gamecock is one of three new defenders from the SEC that the Packers drafted in April.
If Enagbare can put together another solid performance on Friday night in Week 2 of the preseason, he could end up playing a lot of big snaps as a rookie. When Gary or Smith need to take a breath for a down or two, No. 55 can help them out.
He joins a long list of talented defenders the Packers have that are age 26 or younger (Jaire Alexander, Rashan Gary, Darnell Savage, Kenny Clark, Quay Walker, Devonte Wyatt, Eric Stokes).
Look for Enagbare to have another impressive performance in his first game playing in front of the fans at Lambeau Field. A sack and multiple pressures shouldn’t be out of the question for the talented outside linebacker.