For years, the success of the Green Bay Packers was reliant on Aaron Rodgers’s excellence. If he played at a high level, the team would win games. If he struggled, victories could be hard to come by. However, that is no longer the case.
The front office has done a great job upgrading the roster around Rodgers. Very rarely can a team feel good about their chances to continue dominating when you lose players as talented as Davante Adams and Marquez Valdes-Scantling, but the Packers do.
They have one of the best running back duos in the NFL with Aaron Jones and A.J. Dillon. They brought in a ton of wide receivers to help offset their losses including Sammy Watkins and rookies Christian Watson and Romeo Doubs. But, the real strength of this team is their defense.
Green Bay has upgraded on that side of the ball, as they now have a defense that can carry the team to victories. Draft capital has been used to bolster the unit as first-round picks litter the defense as they are strong at every level.
Kenny Clark, Rashan Gary, Quay Walker, Eric Stokes, Darnell Savage and Jaire Alexander were all first-round picks and help anchor this defense. If they want to add even more depth to the impressive group that they have, they could look into signing safety Landon Collins.
The Packers were one of the potential destinations named for Collins, who remains a free agent as we head toward training camps getting started around the league. Only 28 years old, Collins still has plenty of juice left to help a defense.
Last season he totaled 81 tackles with two interceptions and three sacks, showing that he can still be a playmaker when put in the right situation. While he may never reach the level he did with the New York Giants when he finished third in the Defensive Player of the Year voting, he can still get the job done.
Best in a hybrid role that highlights his strengths as a downhill player, Collins could fill a super-sub role for a contending team such as the Packers. If an injury occurs, you know he can be counted on to assume a bigger role in the defense as well.
Finding serviceable depth, especially at this point in the offseason, is not easy. Collins would be a strong addition to an already formidable Packers defense.