One of the positions the Green Bay Packers were expected by many to address this offseason was edge rusher. They didn’t do it in free agency and then failed to do so in the draft. Now, it appears the Packers will be counting on the oft-injured duo of Clay Matthews and Nick Perry to carry the weight.
Behind Matthews and Perry are an underwhelming group. That group includes Kyler Fackrell, Vince Biegel and Reggie Gilbert. The latter, a former practice squad guy, might be the most intriguing of the bunch.
Apparently, although he says he means no offense, Matthews isn’t too impressed with his backups.
Not that great.
I’d say that’s accurate.
The Packers will need Biegel to step up in his second season. Gilbert will have to continue to improve. We doubt Fackrell will ever amount to much. Maybe the Packers can get something out of seventh-round pick Kendall Donnerson.
These are all iffy propositions to say the least.
The Packers will largely be relying on Matthews and Perry to stay healthy, something that never happens.
Perhaps the revamped secondary will make up for what could be the lack of a pass rush.