Key Areas Where Packers Excel: Pressuring the Quarterback
Rashan Gary has been an absolute force on the defensive front, and much of the credit for the team’s success in pressuring opposing quarterbacks belongs to him. Despite playing limited snaps this season, he leads the team in various pass-rushing categories, including total pressures, sacks, quarterback hits, and hurries. What’s even more impressive is that he’s winning a remarkable 45.5 percent of his pass-rushing snaps.
This extended eleven-day break should work in Gary’s favor as he continues to get healthy. The more he’s on the field, the greater his impact on disrupting opposing quarterbacks, and this, in turn, creates more opportunities for his fellow defenders.
However, it’s clear that the rest of the defensive unit has room for improvement. Currently, only Kenny Clark and Devonte Wyatt have recorded more than one sack. It’s high time for players like Lukas Van Ness, Preston Smith, and Kingsley Enagbare to elevate their game and contribute more to the pass rush.