Heading into the 2022 regular season the Green Bay Packers had a roster many believed would challenge for a Super Bowl. After their Week 1 performance, some people may be hopping off that bandwagon as the Packers struggled mightily.
They were blown out by their NFC North rivals the Minnesota Vikings, 23-7. Their all-world defense was picked apart by Kirk Cousins and the Vikings’ offense, as they totaled 395 yards of offense. Cousins threw for 277 yards, a vast majority of which went to Justin Jefferson.
Jefferson was dominant, catching nine passes for 184 yards and two touchdowns as the Green Bay defense had no answers for the star wideout. This Green Bay team still has some high expectations, but they may need to bolster a few spots on the roster.
Green Bay didn’t use some of their starters in the preseason and it certainly showed in Week 1. Over at Bleacher Report, a few players were mentioned as potential targets to add to the roster following the preseason.
One player mentioned was wide receiver Will Fuller V. There were some brutal drops early in the game that set the tone as Aaron Rodgers is building chemistry and a rapport with a new receiving group.
Fuller would provide some experience and a veteran for the group to lean on. Rodgers has spoken about the mental mistakes being made and having someone entering their seventh season in the league with Fuller’s kind of talent would be helpful.
Adding some depth to the safety position would also help. After what Jefferson did to them, shaking things up in the secondary could be in order. Jaquiski Tartt would be a solid addition to the back end of the defense and produced last season with the San Francisco 49ers.
Adding some reliable depth behind Adrian Amos and Darnell Savage would be smart as there isn’t much behind them should an injury occur or they remain ineffective as they were in 2021. Looking to further boost the defense, Green Bay could look to bring in another pass rusher to the mix.
Jason Pierre-Paul would fit that mold. Green Bay never found a replacement for Za’Darius Smith, who was released in a salary cap move this offseason and landed with the aforementioned Packers. Pierre-Paul isn’t as explosive as he once was and likely isn’t a full-time player anymore, but he can bring some juice to the defense with his pass-rushing ability.