These three members of the Green Bay Packers need more snaps to make an impact in Week 11 at the Indianapolis Colts and moving forward.
The Green Bay Packers have a huge game against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday as the two teams are near the top of their conference (in the Colts’ case) or at the top (Packers). It will be a great measuring stick for both squads, as they prepare for the stretch run of the regular season.
The Colts sport one of the best defenses in the NFL and will be the biggest test to date for Green Bay. Indianapolis is fast, has a fierce pass rush and a great secondary. There’s not much more you could ask for on that side of the ball.
Their offense will also test Green Bay’s defense, as Phillip Rivers tore apart this Packers’ secondary just a year ago. Even if it was with a different team, the Packers have their work cut out for them. In order for the good guys to walk away with a victory, they should get these three players on the field more.
Kamal Martin also made an appearance in last week’s version, but it’s safe to say he didn’t see an uptick in snaps. In fact, with the return of Christian Kirskey, Martin only played 13 snaps–mostly in their base package. Although the Packers are in win-now mode, they should also try to work in Martin more on defense, as he’s likely the future of the inside linebacker position (even as early as next year). Martin is going to make his mistakes, to be sure, but he’s also flashed quite a bit as well. Let’s see what he can do against a team like the Colts.
Since Matt LaFleur took over as the head coach last year, he’s shown a hesitancy to overwork Aaron Jones. Perhaps, for good reason. After missing time this year, that marks the third time in his four year career where he is unable to play a full season due to injuries. However, Green Bay needs him to be on the field more than the 41 (out of 65 total) snaps he played against the Jacksonville Jaguars. In order to beat the best teams, you need your best players on the field.
Rashan Gary had a career game against the Jaguars and hopefully earned himself some more playing time moving forward. While Gary took over down the stretch in a close game, veteran Preston Smith continued his disappointing campaign. Smith could be as gone as soon as next year and it’s time to slowly work Gary into the mix more and more each week.