The Green Bay Packers obviously can’t afford to lose quarterback Aaron Rodgers in 2022.

If something happens to Rodgers, the Packers’ season will be effectively over.

Another player the Packers can’t afford to lose, according to CBS Sports, is offensive lineman Elgton Jenkins.

From CBS Sports:

Aaron Rodgers‘ left tackle, David Bakhtiari, might seem like the easy answer, but Green Bay played almost all of 2021 without him. Ditto for star corner Jaire Alexander. Still, protecting A-Rod is priority No. 1, and Jenkins, despite missing half of last year with his own injury, has the athleticism to suit up at any position on a dime.

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Oct 28, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Green Bay Packers guard Elgton Jenkins (74) against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

This is a bit of a surprising choice. Jenkins is definitely an extremely important player, but I think I would’ve gone with Jaire Alexander instead (Green Bay has already gone without David Bakhtiari for extended periods of time, so they understand how to handle that absence).

Alexander is a shutdown cornerback and those are rare in the NFL. They’re also critical to a team’s success — especially in the post-season.

The Packers are going to have a stout defense in 2022 which will be anchored by one of the best defensive lines in the NFL. The presence of Alexander, though, makes Green Bay’s defense “complete”. The Packers can beat teams in a variety of ways on the defensive of the ball thanks to Alexander. If he’s not on the field, it will completely change the way opposing offenses attack the Packers’ defense.

Green Bay obviously wants to keep everyone healthy, but outside of Rodgers, I’d go with Alexander as the most important player on the Packers’ roster.

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