3 Packers players to watch in first preseason game against Bengals

A new era begins for the Packers this week.
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2. Devonte Wyatt

Devonte Wyatt has dominated at training camp, laying the foundations for a second-season breakout. A first-round pick last year, Wyatt is listed as a starter on the Packers' first unofficial depth chart, confirming that his playing time will increase significantly in year two.

Wyatt's power has made life difficult for the Packers' offensive linemen this summer. Aaron Nagler of Cheesehead TV wrote that Wyatt is "taking that proverbial next step" and "flashing in every aspect of the game."

It's exactly what the Packers wanted to see from their second-year defensive tackle after moving on from Dean Lowry and Jarran Reed in free agency. Wyatt's opportunities were limited as a rookie, but he will now take on a significant portion of the snaps left behind by Lowry and Reed.

It's unclear how long Wyatt will play for on Friday night. Many veterans have sat out of preseason contests under LaFleur, which means we may not see much from proven starters like Jaire Alexander. However, Wyatt is only in year two and preparing for a full-time role. He should get an opportunity to play this week.

Wyatt has dominated all summer. The Packers hope for a second-year jump from the former Georgia defensive lineman. He can continue to stack success against the Bengals in the opening preseason contest.