5 Packers Whose Stock Has Risen Before Training Camp

Green Bay Packers place kicker Anders Carlson (17) is shown during organized team activities Tuesday, May 23, 2023 in Green Bay, Wis.
Green Bay Packers place kicker Anders Carlson (17) is shown during organized team activities Tuesday, May 23, 2023 in Green Bay, Wis. /

The Green Bay Packers will have a fun and exciting training camp ahead, watching their young players grow and come of age. The good news is they have several players on the rise, preparing to hit their stride before the season begins.

Tyler Goodson

Although Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon have secured the top spots in the Packers’ running back room, the rest of the depth chart remains undecided. Tyler Goodson and Patrick Taylor will battle it out, but Goodson has gained momentum by working out with Jones during the offseason and receiving praise from coaches and teammates alike. Goodson is a more dynamic playmaker than Taylor, but needs to work on his special teams skills. With Green Bay’s abundance of special teams specialists, Goodson has a good chance entering training camp.

The Green Bay Packers are looking for some big contributions from unproven players across their roster, and these five players have seen their stock rise.

Zach Tom

Zach Tom finished the season as the starting right tackle, but he faces tough competition from Yosh Nijman to keep his position. Nijman was re-signed to a one-year contract and has his own expectations of starting.

However, it’s clear Green Bay values Tom and wants him in the starting lineup one way or another. Tom has the lead at right tackle, but could slide inside to center as well. His versatility gives him a leg up on his competition.

Rudy Ford

Rudy Ford finds himself in a favorable position as a starter at safety for the Packers, albeit by default. Green Bay’s safety situation has been less than ideal, lacking clear answers for both the short and long term. With a group of underwhelming safeties including Darnell Savage, Tarvarius Moore, and Jonathan Owens, Ford has emerged as the default choice alongside Savage. While it may not be an ideal scenario, Ford now has the opportunity to prove himself and solidify his role in the Packers’ defense.

Anders Carlson

Green Bay’s decision to draft Anders Carlson in the sixth round raised some eyebrows, as kicker selections in the draft are often seen as questionable. However, early signs from Organized Team Activities and minicamp suggest that Carlson could be a pleasant surprise. He possesses a strong leg and showcased his power during practice, evoking memories of a young Mason Crosby. The key for Carlson will be his accuracy, an area where questions remain. Nevertheless, he displayed consistent accuracy during the open sessions observed by the media, instilling confidence in his potential to succeed as the Packers’ kicker.

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Luke Musgrave

Luke Musgrave faces the daunting task of transitioning to the NFL as a tight end, a position that often requires a couple of years to adjust to the demands of the league. However, the Packers have high expectations for him right from the start. Impressively, Musgrave displayed his potential during Organized Team Activities and minicamp, standing out with his imposing size and impressive athleticism. With limited competition for the starting role, aside from fellow rookie Tucker Kraft, Musgrave has a clear path to securing the starting tight end spot. While he still needs to prove himself, unless he significantly underperforms, he appears poised to take the field as the Packers’ starting tight end in Week 1.