The Green Bay Packers are one of the most historic franchises in the NFL, and no one should debate that. However, they have been in a bit of a drought for quite some time now.
The Packers haven’t been to the Super Bowl since 2010, and it seems like they just can’t get over that hump. It seems as if the one kryptonite for Green Bay is the 49ers.
Well, the Packers can still compete for the Super Bowl this year, because of one guy. That’s right, Aaron Rodgers. Even without Davante Adams, the Packers still have a shot at a Super Bowl. But these three players have to be ‘as advertised’ I’m the 2022 season.
Packers need three players produce as expected in 2022
1. WR Allen Lazard
Allen Lazard now has a completely different role with the Packers than he did just a year ago. With Marquez Valdes-Scantling now in Kansas City, and Adams in Las Vegas, Lazard has a chance to show that he can be a number one receiver. If there is a guy who can make anyone a number one, it’s Rodgers.
Lazard hasn’t really had a bad season in the NFL, yet anyways. Has he had bad weeks? Of course, he has. Week 12 against the Los Angeles Rams would maybe be the most notable for Packers fans. According to Pro Football Focus, in his four years in the league, Lazard hasn’t had lower than an overall grade of 62 in a season. His best was in 2020 when he finished with a 72.4.
The Packers need Lazard to continue and do the “dirty work” for the offense, but they also need him to show that he can be a staple of the passing game in 2022. If he can do that, then the Packers offense will be in good shape.
2. LB De’Vondre Campbell
De’Vondre Campbell had an amazing year last season as his first with the team. Before last year, Campbell was a solid player in Arizona and Atlanta, but he wasn’t playing at a first-team All-Pro level. In fact, every year he finished with a grade in the 50’s, besides last year’s 85 grade, and 2017’s 69 overall grade, according to PFF.
Campbell was one of the best coverage linebackers in football last year with an 82.2 coverage grade. That was seventh among all linebackers.
Campbell should be even better in 2022 now that he has a year in Joe Barry’s defense under his belt. And when you add in the upgrades around Campbell, he looks to be set up even more so for success.
The Packers can’t afford him to take a step back, especially considering the five-year, $50 million deal he received in March. The run defense was a big problem in 2021 and it’s likely to be the same story again if Campbell can’t live up to expectations.
3. RB A.J. Dillon
A.J. Dillon is one of, if not the best, backup running backs in the league. It’s gotten to a point where he isn’t really a backup anymore, but instead, shared roles and snap counts with Aaron Jones.
Dillon finished with an 86.2 overall grade last year, according to PFF, and a 78.3 overall grade his rookie year, in 2020. That’s what he is known for, being a great, consistent backup, or second running back.
The Packers offense is very likely to be run-heavy in 2022 and a lot of that is because of the abilities that both Jones and Dillon have to offer. The Packers should have one of the league’s more effective 1-2 punches at the position.
But Dillon has to make sure he is ready to be one of the focal points of the offense. If he can’t live up to expectations, it could throw the Packers offense off.
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