Green Bay Packers: 3 Players Who Must Bounce-Back in 2020

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EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY – DECEMBER 01: Dean Lowry #94 of the Green Bay Packers looks on during the first half of their game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on December 01, 2019 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images) /

Dean Lowry

During Dean Lowry’s 2017 and 2018 seasons, he had made 19 starts for the Green Bay Packers and accumulated five sacks, ten quarterback hits, 76 tackles, and ten tackles for loss. Not flashy by any means but solid production from a rotational player.

As a result, last summer Lowry was awarded a three year – $20.325 million contract extension, and not long after, Mike Daniels was cut. All of a sudden, Lowry was on a new deal and an every-week starter next to Kenny Clark.

Unfortunately, Lowry wasn’t nearly as effective in larger doses.

Although Lowry’s 27 run stops – which are run plays that result in a loss for the offense – were tied for the 11th most out of all interior defensive linemen, his overall play was wildly inconsistent as he’d disappear for stretches. Lowry’s numbers in just about every major statistical category dipped in 2019, and Pro Football Focus (subscription required) graded last season’s performance nearly 14 points lower than the year before.

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While this Green Bay Packers’ defense was much improved last season overall, the run game is still playing catch up after ranking 23rd in the NFL in yards per game given up. And with no major additions to the interior defensive line this offseason, the Packers are banking on the development of a young player like Kingsley Keke and that Dean Lowry can bounce-back.

Either way, Kenny Clark needs some help inside.

All stats and contract info courtesy of Pro Football Focus, Pro Football Reference, and Spotrac.