The Green Bay Packers still lack depth at a few positions on the depth chart, let’s preview exactly what those positions are.
The Green Bay Packers lack of depth was exposed last season after Aaron Rodgers went down with a collarbone injury against the Minnesota Vikings. With Rodgers sidelined, Green Bay showed just how much they relied on the former MVP. This left new general manager Brian Gutekunst with some holes to fill this offseason. And while he did his best, there remains a lack of depth at a few positions.
The players have certainly taken notice and following Tuesday’s practice, Packers’ outside linebacker Clay Matthews wasn’t thrilled when discussing the guys behind him and fellow starter Nick Perry on the depth chart.
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Matthews was able to muster up praise for new defensive coordinator Mike Pettine stating, “His resume speaks for itself.”
Pettine was the coordinator for the New York Jets from 2009 to 2012 helping them reach the AFC championship in 2010. Following a brief stint as the defensive coordinator in Buffalo, Pettine was the head coach of the Cleveland Browns for consecutive seasons.
After a brief hiatus from football, the heralded coach is looking to instill success back into the Packers’ defensive unit.
Matthews could just be thinking pragmatically, but in his defense, the depth at OLB looks less than ideal. While it’s too early to give up on them, Kyler Fackrell failed to make much of a second-year jump in 2017 and Vince Biegel dealing with an injured foot did not contribute much as a rookie.
So Matthews’ point begs the question, what positions on Green Bay’s roster lack enough depth?