Jordan Love and 4 other Packers playing for their jobs in 2023

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2. Darnell Savage

If the Packers hadn't picked up Darnell Savage's fifth-year option a year ago, would they have re-signed him this offseason? It's an interesting question as it's entirely possible they would've moved on from the former first-round pick.

And that tells you everything you need to know about the importance of this season for Savage. If he struggles, it seems unlikely he will be back in 2024.

After a disappointing performance against the Tennessee Titans late last season, Savage lost his starting job at safety.

It may have been exactly what Savage needed. He was back in the starting lineup in Week 16 and finished the season strong. In the final two games, Savage broke up three passes and intercepted another for a touchdown. In Week 18, he posted double-digit tackles for the first time all year.

At his best, Savage has shown Pro Bowl potential. He had an incredible six-game stretch in 2020, making seven pass defenses, four interceptions, and a sack. But Savage hasn't sustained that level of play throughout his career and he struggled for most of last season.

If he can build on the final two games of last year, it could be a bounce-back season for Savage. With one year left on his contract, it needs to be.