It’s been a long time since the Green Bay Packers were known on offense as anything other than “Brett Favre/Aaron Rodgers and Friends” but thanks to the emergence of two other playmakers, that may be changing.
In fact, Green Bay very well may have a three-headed monster on offense. Of course they still have Rodgers, but Davante Adams had a breakout season in 2018 that was the culmination of some steady improvement over the previous two seasons following a dismal 2015 campaign. With all due respect to Jordy Nelson, Adams may be the most physically gifted wide receiver Rodgers has had.
Then there’s Aaron Jones. Jones has shown flashes of brilliance over his first two seasons though with a caveat concerning his ability to stay healthy. He took that matter into his own hands this offseason, cutting down on junk food as well as bulking up in the weight room. Jones could have had a 1,000 yard season last year had former coach Mike McCarthy remembered that Jones was on the team sooner than he did.
Lucky for the running back, new coach Matt LaFleur is on record multiple times since being hired that he intends to run the ball more which means Jones is primed for a breakout season.
There’s more on the Packers’ potential new Three Amigos plus the student taking on the teacher in today’s cheese curds.
The Packers made it a point to take some pressure off of their quarterback and the emergence of Adams and Jones means the weight on the quarterback’s shoulder should be less than previous years though the team will always go as far as Rodgers can take them.
We here at APC all thought DeShone Kizer would beat out Tim Boyle for for the backup spot behind Rodgers, Kizer is on his third offensive system in three years and left a lot to be desired in Week 17. If Boyle picks up LaFleur’s system faster and outplays Kizer in the preseason, he could steal the job from the former Cleveland Browns starter.
The 49ers are the one team no one knows what to expect from, but Kyle Shanahan was LaFleur’s teacher for years so we’ll have to see how the apprentice can outduel the master.
Kicker holdouts are rare, but this worth watching with Robbie Gould’s former team, the Chicago Bears, still searching for a kicker. Could he find his way home somehow? That would require San Francisco to pull off an even rarer kicker trade.
From grass skirts to a different kind of grass. Enunciation is everything, people.