3 underrated Packers heading into 2023 offseason
The Green Bay Packers are looking to bounce back from a disappointing 2022 campaign and build a good foundation in 2023. That means they are looking for contributions from unheralded players.
The Packers have several big names on their roster and players who are among the highest-paid at their positions. Green Bay will be counting on them to do the heavy lifting next season.
However, they also expect positive results from several places on their roster. Here are three players who receive less attention than they should from the outside world.
These three players on the Green Bay Packers are underrated by people outside of the team heading into the 2023 offseason.
Christian Watson gets a lot of attention among Green Bay’s young receivers, and rightfully so. He’s tall, extremely athletic and flashed elite playmaking skills last year. However, it’s Romeo Doubs who will likely lead the team in receptions in 2023.
Doubs was the star of preseason and training camp a year ago, before having a somewhat quiet rookie campaign. Nonetheless, he still finished 2022 with 42 receptions for 425 yards and three touchdowns. He has the route-running savvy to double his receptions next year with Randall Cobb, Allen Lazard and Robert Tonyan out of the mix. He could end up being the Packers’ number one receiver from a receptions standpoint.
Douglas has a breakout season in 2022 and chilled a bit last year, allowing the league to sleep on him. Even if he had fewer interceptions and game-changing plays, he was still a very good cornerback. His PFF grade of 71.1 ranked 30th among 118 qualified cornerbacks in 2022, not bad for the team’s original nickel corner.
If Eric Stokes is healthy, he’ll resume the nickel responsibilities and give Green Bay an elite trio of corners. His ability to line up all over the field and stick his nose in the run game is essential to what the Packers want to do on defense.
Speaking of versatility, Tom’s ability to play multiple positions on the offensive line will be on full display this offseason. He’s set up as the team’s starting right tackle, but there are whispers he could slide inside to center to battle with Josh Myers. Myers has been underwhelming during the first two years, and Tom will have the chance to start at a couple of different spots.
That versatility is key for the Packers, as they have a lot of talent who can line up at different spots. Last year, his ability to play as a rookie allowed Elgton Jenkins to slide back to left tackle and anchor the left side of the line. He could be in for a breakout season in 2023.