The Green Bay Packers have some big questions on special teams. Ron Zook has to get them answered as soon as possible to get everyone up to speed.
The Green Bay Packers special teams unit will have at least one new face this year, in the form of rookie punter JK Scott. Kick Returner and gunning ace Jeff Janis is now gone to the Cleveland Browns. Trevor Davis may have lost his spot on the roster. Special teams are an aspect of football that never gets the proper credit that it is due. Big plays can win or lose your team the game, as Packer fans know all too well.
Special Teams coordinator Ron Zook will have his work cut out for him filling so many key roles, although he does have the pieces to do so. The team drafted Scott to give him his best punter he has had in his tenure. They also gave him several athletes that can be contributors on special teams. If he’s unable to get the job done this season, this could easily be his last shot running the show.
Both returner jobs will be very big camp battles. With logjams at cornerback and wide receiver, typical returner spots, this could win roster battles. Davis started to break out last season at punt returner, but he hasn’t shown the ability at receiver. Teams don’t normally reserve a roster spot for returners unless they have Devin Hester ability. After the team drafted three wide receivers, in addition to all the UDFAs and camp bodies, Davis is definitely on notice.
This team has questions to answer on special teams to help make them a complete team. It’s up to Zook to answer these questions. For a title hopeful team, the sooner the better.