The 2017 NFL offseason is halfway over as this article is being processed. That means we are just over 100 days until Sundays are meant for football, friends, family, and food. I don’t know about you but I cannot wait any longer for another great season of Packers football. As the opening kick off draws ever so close, it’s time to take a look at some reasons, to be excited for the Green Bay Packers 2017 season. Keep in mind, these are in no particular order.
6: New Running Backs
Last year, the Packers did not have any running game whatsoever. The Backfield was dreadful when Eddie Lacy and James Starks were both injured. While the Packers made a rare move in trading mid-season for Knile Davis, that experiment did not last long. It was up to Wide Receiver turned Running Back, Ty Montgomery, and former Seattle Seahawks backup, Christine Michael to man the backfield. While we may have one of the best running quarterbacks in the league, it’s still crucial to have a good running game from Running Backs in order to seal games and chew clock when it’s needed. Insert Jamaal Williams, a name no one is talking about, yet he is poised for a surprise breakout season, much like what Dak Prescott did last year. Also, UTEP stud Aaron Jones could be another Packer named Aaron to make a huge impact in a backup role with his explosive speed. Lastly, Devante Mays is another late round selection the Packers used in the draft this year. His power and downhill running could be a nice compliment for Williams, and Jones. Don’t forget about Montgomery either. With a whole year of development under his wing, he will most likely come out of the off season as the starter for the Pack. With his 6’2” 220 pound frame, he will be able to penetrate defenses and cause havoc this season.
5: Return of Davon House
Everyone is aware of the problems the Packers secondary has. While it still could use more work, bringing back former Packer, Davon House, will definetly help. Projected to be the number one corner to start the season, House, whose best season, statistically, came with the Jaguars in 2015, where he had four interceptions, recorded 60 tackles, and started all but one game for the Jags. House brings back his versatility, size, and speed to a depleted secondary. His veteran leadership will be vital for our young secondary, as he will be a role model for players like Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Damarious Randall, and Quinten Rollins.
4: Drafting Kevin King
In addition to the return of Davon House, Packers GM Ted Thompson may have made the move of the 2017 NFL Draft by trading out of the first round and getting multiple picks in the process, including the first selections in the second and fourth round. With the first pick in the second round, the Packers selected the tall, athletic corner from Washington, Kevin King. King will provide the size advantage the Packers secondary needs. Standing at 6’2”, he will be tied for tallest in the Packers secondary. By drafting him, the Packers secondary will come out of the cellar, and it has the potential to be similar to that of the secondary in their Super Bowl winning 2010 squad that was led by Charles Woodson, Nick Collins, and Tramon Williams. So, Packer Nation, get excited for Kevin King, as he will be the next great cornerback in this league.
3: Opportunities for Revenge
A wise man once said, “Revenge is a dish best served cold.” The Packers have ample amount of opportunities this upcoming season to get revenge on teams from last year. Most notably, the Atlanta Falcons, who not only blew out the Packers in the NFC Championship game last year, 44-21, but also, defeated the Pack in the waning moments of their week eight matchup, 33-32. Aaron Rodgers and Co. will have the opportunity to dish out some revenge in the 2017 season. Week two, the Packers face off against Atlanta in the Falcons new stadium, on primetime football. An opportunity for cold-blooded revenge is just what the Packers might need, as it is very possible that week two won’t be the only time these two face off in the 2017 season. In addition to Atlanta, there are many more opportunities for revenge this year. Including a week five showdown versus Dallas at Jerry’s World. Lastly, the Pack will look for revenge versus arch-rival Minnesota early in the season at the newly opened US Bank Stadium.
2: Surprise Addition of Martellus Bennett
We all know Ted Thompson isn’t one to go out and sign free agents. So when he does sign free agents, it comes as a surprise. This situation is very similar to when the Packers signed free agent Julius Peppers in 2014. Much like Peppers, former Bears and Patriots tight end, Martellus Bennett will make an immediate impact for the Packers. Bennett will provide much like what Jared Cook did last season for the offense. Many argue that Bennett is a faster and stronger version of Cook, and after watching highlights of Bennett, that statement can definitely be verified. Bennett will bring something more to one of the best offenses in the league to date. Aaron Rodgers mentioned this offseason how the Packers could use more firepower. Well, that is something Bennett will bring to an already powerful offense.
1: Another season of Aaron Rodgers running the show
What could be more exciting than having the best quarterback in the league running the show? Absolutely nothing. Aaron Rodgers is the best player on the Packers, there is no question about that. With another year with Rodgers at the helm, the Packers will continue to be Super Bowl favorites. While the Pack have come up short every year since 2010, anytime you have Aaron Rodgers calling the shots, anything is possible. He is “The man with the plan.” Case in point, when the Packers were 4-6 last season, he put the team on his back, “Ran the Table,” and led the Packers to the NFC Championship game. Combined with the additions the Packers added, this could be the most complete team the Packers have had since their last Super Bowl victory, and that, Packer Nation, is the most exciting part of the upcoming season.