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Friday Cheese Curds: Packers defensive line in need of a boost

Kenny Clark needs a friend along the defensive line. What options are available?

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You don’t want to write too many conclusions in stone after only two games, but one area of concern going into the season has become a legitimate problem for the Green Bay Packers.

That area was the defensive line and they need some help.

As good as Kenny Clark (doo doo doo doo doo doo) has been, he can’t do it all on his own. This much was obvious last year so we shouldn’t be surprised at the results so far this season given the Packers did absolutely nothing to address it.

Tyler Lancaster clearly isn’t the answer. Dean Lowry hasn’t earned that $20 million contract he signed in 2019 and Kingsley Keke, pegged by some as a potential breakout player, has been quiet as well.

The job of the defensive line in Joe Barry’s defense is similar to that of Mike Pettine’s, so the learning curve isn’t quite the same excuse for them as it is for members of the secondary. The players they have right now outside of Clark just aren’t getting it done.

So what options does this leave the Packers with? An in-season trade is feasible but Green Bay’s cap issues make that tricky. You also have available free agents like Geno Atkins and Kawann Short but much like when the Packers signed Damon “Snacks” Harrison, they could find those players just a remnant of their former shelves.

The saying goes that once you’ve made your bed, you have to sleep in it and that’s how Green Bay will likely be facing its issues along the defensive line this year. They screwed this up, plain and simple.

There are options but none of them are particularly good. As of now, we probably should pencil in defensive line as one of, if not the top position come draft time in April.

It’s time for the Green Bay Packers to start looking for help on their defensive line— (subscription)

Options are limited but they have to look. A big swing at someone like Grady Jarrett might be unlikely but it would be a huge boost at their weakest position. Beefing up the line in Za’Darius Smith’s absence would be the best thing the Packers can do to help their pass rush.

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