Green Bay features many of the same pieces across its front seven. Mike Pennel left for the Jets, but the Packers added Ricky-Jean Francois via free agency and drafted Auburn’s Montravius Adams to build depth.
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Fourth-round pick Vince Biegel should be a rotation player at linebacker along with Blake Martinez and Jake Ryan, and that should allow for Green Bay to put Clay Matthews back outside with Nick Perry. Green Bay needs to pass-rushers to be consistent in Dom Capers’ scheme, and with Julius Peppers gone, Matthews needs to be that player again.
Jared Cook played well in spots and made the memorable catch against Dallas, but Bennett is a clear upgrade at the position and might be the best tight end Rodgers has had since Jermichael Finley. In fact, the Packers’ leading tight end has averaged 35 catches, 403 yard and four TDs per season since Finley’s departure. Bennett should be able to surpass that. Green Bay also added Lance Kendricks. The pressure is on Richard Rodgers to earn his spot now.
Youth Trey Hendrickson Jersey The Seahawks were hoping to field a more balanced and explosive offense in 2016. From the statistically worst NFL season for a banged-up Russell Wilson to a rushing attack that tumbled from No. 3 to No. 25 in the league without Marshawn Lynch, it was a major disappointment.
Without much of a defensive drop-off, Seattle didn’t get the complementary ball control or put up the points necessary for a deep playoff run. Another middle-of-the-pack scoring team won’t cut it in the NFC, where the Falcons, Cowboys and Packers all can contend again with prolific offenses.
Beyond a chance to get Wilson back to full health during the offseason, the Seahawks expect to rebound and find their late 2015 up-tempo form. A move to try to restore their power running game — the signing of former Packer Eddie Lacy — got the most attention, but the team needs much more to click so it can fly as high it can in 2017.