Green Bay Packers pass rusher Rashan Gary saw his NFL career get off to a somewhat slow start.

The former Michigan standout was selected in the first round (No. 12 overall) of the 2019 NFL Draft.

Gary’s first two seasons with the Packers were fairly quiet. The talented pass rusher totaled just seven sacks over his first 31 NFL games.

2021, however, saw Gary have a breakout season for Green Bay.

Last season, Gary accumulated 9.5 sacks to go along with eight tackles for loss and 28 quarterback hits.

So was last season the real Rashan Gary or was it a fluke? Should Packers fans expect his high level of production to continue?

According to a tremendous film breakdown this week from AtoZ Sports Film Room’s James Foster, Gary’s 2021 season was far from a fluke.

“Rashan Gary has an elite athletic profile and the film shows there was nothing fluky about his 2021 season,” said Foster.

Foster believes the Gary we saw in 2021 is the real deal. And a lot of that belief has to do with Gary’s “long arm swim move”.

Foster explains what makes that move so difficult for opponents in the breakdown below. He also details how Gary’s deficiencies as a run defender aren’t an issue for the Packers.

The Packers gambled on Gary’s elite athleticism in the 2019 NFL Draft. They could’ve easily passed on him due to his lack of production at Michigan. But they believed in his abilities over the numbers. And based on last season’s results, their gamble is paying off (this is a great reminder that development is still extremely important in the NFL).

Green Bay is obviously counting on Gary to continue his development in 2022. He still hasn’t hit his ceiling yet, but he’s clearly moving in the right direction.

The former first-round pick will soon be looking for a contract extension. The longer the Packers wait to extend Gary, the more expensive he’s going to get. If he has double-digit sacks in 2022, the price tag for Gary is going to get a whole lot more expensive.

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