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A pair of middle linebackers named Devin could have the vers

Messagepar liny195 » 10 Janvier 2020, 05:22

to play in multiple packages for the Packers immediately and transform the defense."Selecting an inside linebacker in the first two days of the NFL Draft has been rare for the Green Bay Packers since the Ted Thompson regime began in 2005. Until last year when they picked Oren Burks in the third round Darnell Savage Green Bay Packers Jersey , the Packers had not chosen an off-ball linebacker within the first three rounds since pouncing on A.J. Hawk with the fifth overall choice of the 2006 NFL Draft (when the team still ran a 4-3 defense). And while Green Bay did also select Nick Barnett in the first round in 2003, inside linebacker has not been a position Green Bay has invested a marquee draft pick in with frequency.However, many recent mock drafts have begun to predict LSU’s Devin White as a prospect of consideration for the 12th selection. A fierce tackler with range, White may not have elite athleticism but his football IQ and physicality more than make up for it. White’s strengths are the opposite of Burks, who tested well athletically but struggled to see the field for the Packers in year one due to issues with diagnosing plays and shedding blocks. The 6’1, 240-pound White forced three fumbles last season with the Tigers, while accumulating 25.5 tackles for a loss and 7.5 sacks over the past two seasons.While Blake Martinez turned in another solid season for Green Bay after joining the team as a fourth-round pick in 2016, the Packers may still be searching for a dynamic, every-down presence next to him. And after watching the success of two of last year’s first-round inside linebackers — Roquan Smith and Leighton Vander Esch — become two Pro Bowl-level talents in their rookie seasons, what kind of instant impact would an elite linebacker make on the Packers?The Packers have gotten by over the past decade without a stalwart manning the middle.Martinez and Jake Ryan were seen as safe and steady “football players” drafted in the fourth round who have gone on to fill NFL roles, but neither can offer the elite athleticism and disruptive tendency of many first-round prospects. Green Bay has tried to cover up some of those weaknesses with safeties in the box on passing downs to match up with tight ends in coverage and blitz with greater speed. Josh Jones was one such player, but his size and angles in pursuit of ballcarriers have left something to be desired at the linebacker position.Enter a player of Roquan Smith’s capability and the Packers would have an all-around, tenacious middle linebacker for any down. Martinez had what many would consider to be a breakthrough year as a blitzer in 2018, racking up five sacks to go along with 144 tackles and 10 for a loss. Yet, in the same amount of games Kevin King Jersey , Smith tallied 121 tackles, eight tackles for loss, and five sacks. That was as a rookie who missed all of his first training camp and first two preseason games with a contract holdout. Vander Esch also added 140 tackles and two stops in the backfield as a first-year player opposite Jaylon Smith. It should be noted that Smith (880) and Vander Esch (784) put up these numbers in considerably fewer snaps than Martinez (1,049). Comparing one defensive scheme to another can be apples to oranges, but both rookie linebackers roamed the field in multiple packages and were visible playmakers. Both of their teams saw a leap in run defense, as well as total defense, from 2017 to 2018.White’s game is not quite as evolved as Smith’s was as a prospect but compares favorably in terms of size, competitive spirit and play speed, and adding him could transform the Packers’ defense. If Burks develops as Green Bay planned, then he would provide solid depth and insurance while a decision on Martinez’s contract looms in the near future. But White would give the Packers an instant starter with an attitude it sorely lacks and a player that can be lined up in the middle or the weak side depending on the package.Interestingly enough, a second Devin — Devin Bush — is another potential late-first round option to consider. He, along with Alabama’s Mack Wilson, make up the second tier of inside linebackers after White. As a rangy, proficient cover man in third-down situations, Bush would complement Martinez Darnell Savage Jersey 2019 , who continues to be utilized less and less in coverage. At just 5’11 and 222 pounds, Bush may not have the size to consistently withstand blockers in the box, but his speed and versatility would provide the tools needed for today’s NFL. The Packers tried to address this area with the Burks selection last year, but Bush would be a much quicker study in the pro game.Green Bay has plenty of holes to fill this offseason and an outside linebacker might be the most glaring of them all. Help in the back end of the secondary is also a critical need to help the young cornerbacks on the roster and limit opposing aerial attacks. However, a playmaking inside linebacker should not be ignored this draft season, especially with the front-seven needing to find a meaner mentality. Forget for a second the Packers have Aaron Rodgers. Green Bay boasts a suffocating defense with an elite duo of pass rushers and one of the best young secondaries in football. They’re turning teams over, creating sacks, and getting stops in the red zone. On offense, they have a pair of workhorse backs, each capable of taking over games, gashing teams for big plays on the ground or through the air. Put a middling group of pass catchers and quarterback and that team, it’s basically the 2017 Jaguars and they went to the AFC Championship Game. Now, of course, this Packers defense hasn’t yet approached that Jacksonville team in terms of talent or on-field production, but Blake Freaking Bortles was the quarterback of that squad Color Rush Darnell Savage Jersey , not Aaron Rodgers. More to the point though, running the ball and playing great defense has the formula to win in the NFL from time immemorial and even in 2019, it’s a damn good starting point. It’s also a formula the Packers already deployed this season en route to victories. We’ve already seen it twice with Davante Adams sidelined, which is the key to the necessity of such a blueprint. Adams, Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Geronimo Allison all appear to be out for Sunday, leaving the Packers with just three healthy receivers who were on the roster last week (Allen Lazard, Jake Kumerow, and Darrius Shepherd), plus Ryan Grant who just signed with the Packers this week. That happens to be the core group of players who helped engineer 10 points on the final two drives against the Lions to win. In that Detroit victory, the Packers defense held the Lions to fewer than 60 yards in the second half and held to field goals even after momentous turnovers by the offense. Jamaal Williams averaged 7.4 yards a carry, going for 104 on just 14 totes including a 45-yarder in a hurry-up situation at the end of the first half to set up a field goal. He also caught four passes for 32 yards, tied for the team lead in grabs with Aaron Jones and Allen Lazard. He was the heartbeat of the Green Bay offense the Lions with Lazard serving as the shot of adrenaline to the chest in the fourth quarter.All in, the Packers running backs contributed 136 yards from Williams and 60 yards from Jones, nearly half of the Packers total offensive output against the Lions. In fact, Williams averaged more yards per touch (8.5) than Rodgers did per attempt (7.3). Against Dallas Cheap Darnell Savage Jersey , Jones carried the load without either Williams or Adams in the lineup with 107 yards and four touchdowns on 19 carries while leading the team in catches with seven for 75 yards on eight targets. If he’d held onto a running back go route against the Lions, this case for his impact would be even stronger, but as it is, the Packers are 5th in rush offense efficiency according to Football Outsiders and while the passing game hasn’t fully clicked yet, the running game hasn’t faltered. Jones was the best offensive player on the field against the Vikings with a 116-yard day on 23 carries and one of the most impressive possessions of the year featured him on the field with Williams at the same time. Williams punctuated that drive with a touchdown. A week later, Williams shouldered the load with 12 carries for 59 yards to go with 27 yards on a pair of catches. Even with Davante Adams and healthy receivers, this offense works through the running backs, on the ground, and through the air. Matt LaFleur made that clear from the word “go” that would be the case. Without capable receivers, the Packers will have to rely more on the run game, which also sets up play-action to make life easier for those receivers. However, if Green Bay plays a more traditional, slowed-down offense, the defense must be stout. Luckily, that’s the calling card of this team this season. Mike Pettine’s group no longer needs to manufacture pressure Darnell Savage Jersey Womens , able to get home with four thanks to the additions of Preston and Za’Darius Smith. With Jaire Alexander and Kevin King blossoming into excellent young players, the coverage gives that front precious milliseconds to create pressure and that pressure leads to fumbles or interceptions. Green Bay gave up big plays to teams like Denver, Minnesota, and Dallas, but also created turnovers to snuff out drives and give Rodgers and Co. extra possessions. Oakland’s run defense could create problems for the Packers run game, coming in as one of the best in football, but the passing defense is 26th in efficiency. On the other side of the ball, Derek Carr has been the least aggressive quarterback in the lead throwing the ball down the field. Green Bay isn’t likely to give up big plays against this offense, mitigating the on true flaw this group has shown in 2019. Jones and Williams can make life miserable for a sub-standard group of Raiders linebackers and with Oakland’s inability to create pressure (among the worst in football according to Pro Football Focus), Rodgers will have time to create what limited plays the offense will likely generate in the passing game. And that’s the differentiating factor for the Packers. Sure, they have a great run game and top defense, but they still have Rodgers despite the lack of weapons. He can turn Allen Lazard into a hero. This is how Drew Brees and Tom Brady succeed deep into their 30’s and early 40’s. It’s not all on the quarterback to wear the Superman cape. No matter who is lining up at receiver, the run game and defense for the Packers would be enough to make life easy even for Case Keenum or Mitch Trubisky. With Rodgers, it’s more than enough and they’ve already proven it this season.
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