Throughout the past six seasons, the Packers’ most noticeable issue as a team was their defense. Their players are the reason their defense has been ranked last in so many categories. With such a high powered offense, their defense is the only thing holding them back from reaching another Super Bowl.
It finally looks like General Manager Ted Thompson has made some significant changes this offseason that will surely improve their faulty defense.
One of the most concerning issues on defense came in the secondary, especially at the cornerback position. Opposing quarterbacks would have a field day getting the ball to the outside receivers and it really hurt the Packers.
Thompson tapped into free agency and signed a former Packer, Davon House. House was reliable while he played in Green Bay. He then went on to play for Jacksonville for a few years where he had better seasons. Let’s just say the Packers should have never let go of House in the first place, because he is way better then Damarious Randall, LaDarius Gunter, and Quinten Rollins.
Bringing House back was cheap and also smart, as he knows the defensive system and will have no problem fitting back in. House has potential to be a starter this season and can really make a name for himself the second time around.
Staying at the cornerback position, the Packers made a bold move in the draft, selecting the big man, Kevin King. Although light in weight, King is 6’2” and brings a lot of size to the secondary. The Packers have never had a tall corner like him and he could be just what they have been missing.
To go along with King and House in the secondary, the Packers also drafted safety Josh Jones, a very athletic playmaker. Jones has the ability to play strong safety, slot corner and even linebacker. He brings Jabrill Peppers’ style of play to the field and could be trouble for running backs and receivers. Look for Jones to replace Micah Hyde but provide more benefits to the defense.
Moving to the big guys up front, the Packers made two very good moves. They drafted tackle Montravius Adams who will play alongside Kenny Clark and Mike Daniels and has potential to be the replacement for B.J. Raji they have been looking for. Also, they made a very underrated move by acquiring veteran end, Ricky Jean Francois in free agency. Stopping the run and more defensive pressure will definitely result from acquiring these two.
The Packers did not leave out the linebacker position, as they drafted Wisconsin native, Vince Biegel. Playing OLB, Biegel will have a huge impact as he can sub in for Perry and Matthews, giving them rest. Biegel played alongside T.J. Watt in college and maybe contributed to Watts’ success.
Overall, the Packers addressed every defensive position this offseason and definitely made some really good moves that will hopefully get their defense back on track.