Although the Green Bay Packers are considered the last of the “small town teams” they have had good results during their history. They have won four Super Bowl Championships, the last coming in 2010, and they became NFC North Champions in 2019.
In the past, they have seen some talented players such as Don Hutson who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1963. Although they suffered a barren period in the 1970s and 1980s, they emerged and returned to their winning ways. They won the Super Bowl in 1996 and lost in a close game the following year to the Denver Broncos.
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Fans are also pleased to see that there are signs the Packers may challenge for the Super Bowl again in the near future thanks to some talented newcomers.
Dillon has some competition for the role of running back in the team. Both Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams have both played well last season with Jones regarded by many to be one of the best running backs in the NFL. However, if Dillon can move past Williams to the backup for Jones, then he has the potential to get some game time later this season or next.
Barnes was signed by the Green Bay Packers in September 2020. He played his college football with the UCLA Bruins where he recorded 212 tackles in 31 starts. After joining the practice squad for the Packers, he was promoted to the active roster. In week 7 against the Huston Texans, he recorded his first career sack on Deshaun Watson.
With Bryan Bulaga leaving in a free agency, Wagner has filled in nicely when called upon.. Wagner is a good piece of business for the Packers, with a base salary of $2.25 million each season – a lot less than they paid for Bulaga. Another possible advantage is availability, with Bulaga missing parts of previous seasons due to injury.
One of the key factors to Kirksey playing an important role this season is fitness. He has suffered from injuries for large parts of the last two seasons, so he needs to stay fit if he is going to have a chance. The good news for Kirksey is that he offers more to the team than last year’s starter Blake Martinez, so he has been getting plenty of game time.
Taylor played his college football for Ferris State and received all conference honors in his junior season. In 2019 Taylor signed with the Packers and landed on the practice squad on September 1st. After failing to make the team last summer, Taylor in 2020 was given the final receiver spot ahead of Malik Turner and Reggie Begelton.
Runyan has attained many honors already in his career. He received the Hugh R. Radar Award twice in 2018-2019 as the University of Michigan’s top offensive lineman. He also earned first team All-Big Ten honors as both a junior and a senior and got media recognition as a senior in 2019. Runyan was drafted by the Packers and became the first University of Michigan offensive lineman to be selected by the team since G Joe O’Donnell in 1963. Runyan has filled in for injured players in several games already and done a fine job.
One of the Packers breakout stars, Martin will, has missed the start of the season due to an injury to his right knee back in September. He was drafted in the fifth round from the University of Minnesota and is a rising talent that will be important to the Packers when he returns to the squad.
If the Packers can get their newcomers fit and playing regularly, they may well be able to build on their recent form and challenge for Super Bowl honors.
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