There were many reasons the Packers’ 2022 season didn’t go as hoped, but one of the biggest and most obvious is pretty simple: their best players didn’t play their best.
Defensive lineman Kenny Clark falls into that category. As good as he’s been over his career, the Packers still needed more out of him in 2022 than he was able to provide.
Clark’s counting stats still look mostly fine. His four sacks and 10 quarterback hits were roughly in line with where he was in 2021. But game-to-game consistency was an issue, and it’s one he wants to address in 2023.
To be sure, Clark still didn’t have much help on the defensive line. We barely saw first-round pick Devante Wyatt this year, and Jarran Reed and Dean Lowry were NFL players in name only for much of the season. But Clark could still be better, and heading into 2023, a year in which he still may not have much help up front, he’ll have to be.
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