Packers Breakout Candidates: Lukas Van Ness
With Rashan Gary slowly working his way back into the fold, Packers’ rookie first-round pick Lukas Van Ness has received more playing time than anticipated during the first five games. And although he’s shown a couple of flashes–like his sack of Justin Fields in Week 1–it hasn’t been as often as fans had hoped.
Van Ness has struggled holding the edge in the running game, often getting sucked up inside. He’s already shown growth in that area and is coming off one of his better performances against the Raiders.
However, Green Bay needs him to get after the quarterback. All four of his hurries and lone sack came in Week 1, as he’s been shut down since. He has all the athletic tools to make it happen and should continue to refine his game as the season progresses.