GREEN BAY – The Packers are heading into the final month before training camp like the rest of the NFL, but there’s one more thing they need to take care of, per ESPN‘s Field Yates:
“The Packers double-dipped in the first round of the 2019 draft with pass-rusher Rashan Gary and safety Darnell Savage as their top two selections. Both have been hits, with Gary looking like a potential breakout star for the 2022 season. Green Bay recently inked its 2018 first-rounder, cornerback Jaire Alexander, to a long-term deal, taking care of its most important contract-related need. That could also suggest that the potential extensions for Gary and Savage are a year away. Both are cornerstones of the Green Bay defense.”
The Packers have needs other than extending their 2019 first-rounders
I don’t want to beat a dead horse: But the Packers obviously need help at receiver.
To avoid repetition, we will leave it at that.
But where the Packers could really stand to add a player or two is on the offensive line and at tight end. The effectiveness of David Bakhtiari and Elgton Jenkins in 2022 is still a question mark and the Packers simply don’t have a ton of depth on the interior offensive line or at the tackle position.
Sure, the Packers don’t really ask a whole lot out of their tight ends in the passing game. However, it remains to be seen when Robert Tonyan returns from his ACL, as well as his effectiveness. All it takes is a setback with Tonyan and/or an injury to Marcedes Lewis and the Packers are in trouble. The questions at receiver also add to the idea that bringing in a proven, veteran tight end wouldn’t be a bad idea.
Yates isn’t necessarily wrong in thinking the Packers should extend Gary and Savage, however, there are far more pressing needs the Packers could offset before camp begins.
You can check out Yates’ full column, here.
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