After years of Dom Capers, Mike Pettine was bound to have an outsized portion of goodwill flowing his way from Packers fans hoping for stronger performances on defense. For most of the offseason, Pettine got the benefit of the doubt on everything he said in large part just because he wasn’t Capers.
But now that training camp is nearly a week old, Pettine’s positive press is proving to be justified.
Sure, there’s very little by which we can actually evaluate Pettine’s defense, but everything out of training camp so far indicates a very different feel to this year’s defensive unit.
With this year’s first preseason game just over a week away, let’s hope that feeling translates into something significant.
The biggest free agent acquisition not named Jimmy Graham is turning heads in training camp so far, but it’s what he’s doing for his teammates that could be his biggest contribution.
Chris Odom more or less had a redshirt season in 2017. Now that he’s been playing his new position for a year (and dropped 20 pounds in the process), he could be ready to contribute.
The most obvious solution to step up after Jake Ryan’s injury, Oren Burks is ready for his close up.
Bulaga’s comeback has been one of the most surprising stories of training camp. Now he’s ready to take another significant step on his road to recovery.
Next up on the Packers’ countdown of their most notable moments, the time when they snagged three Hall of Fame players in one draft.