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Kenny Clark: Packers’ Defensive Line Can Be Dominant

The Green Bay Packers’ defensive line should be one of the strengths of the team in 2018.

Pro Bowler Mike Daniels returns, nose tackle Kenny Clark is an emerging player and then there’s the new addition, former All-Pro Muhammad Wilkerson. Clark says that addition could make the defensive line dominant.

“We can be dominant, man,” Clark said. “We can be dominant. We’ve just got to put in the work and play ball like we know how. A lot of us, we’ve played at a high level.”

Wilkerson joins a group with intriguing depth. Dean Lowry came on his second season, posting 32 tackles and two sacks. Montravius Adams was a 2017 third-round pick, who barely played, but could be a factor in 2018.

The Packers will likely need to rely on this group to provide a large part of their pass rush. There is little depth behind Clay Matthews and Nick Perry at outside linebacker. Plus, those guys will both likely be injured at some point.

Matthews alluded to that lack of depth on the edge last week.

Daniels, Clark and Wilkerson will need to provide a pass rush and they certainly have the capability. Daniels has perhaps underperformed as a pass rusher recently, but he’s usually double-teamed. Wilkerson should help free him up. Clark came on late in 2017, putting 4.5 sacks in a run of five games. Wilkerson has had two double-digit sack seasons.

The potential is there. Packers fans should be excited.

“Now, it’s putting in the work and getting in tune together,” Clark said. “You’ll see how dominant our defensive line can be.”

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6 Comments

  1. Kato May 30, 2018

    Not to mention push up the middle is going to lead to a lot of opportunities for the OLBs

  2. Savage57 May 30, 2018

    Clark: “We can be dominant”

    Matthews: “After me, there’s no one good.”

    Why CMIII doesn’t carry a lot of weight in the locker room.

    1. PF4L May 30, 2018

      Yea, Clay is special like that. He says they don’t have great depth, but it’s not a slight to the other guys.

      lol…the fuck it isn’t.

      Our Packers…entertaining, even in the off season.

    2. Cheese May 30, 2018

      While I see your point and somewhat agree due to the lack of leadership, Clark actually has a reason to believe the D-line can be dominant. Matthews does not. I’m sure Clay has used the “we can be great” narrative before with players that were less than par. Just look at last year. Other than hoping UDFA Reggie Gilbert has a break out year, who do the Packers have behind the often injured Perry and Matthews? Another often injured player in Vince Biegel? How about giving Matthews some help other than UDFA’s and a surplus of conversion projects.

  3. PF4L May 30, 2018

    The Packers can have a top 3 defense.

    The Packers can win the Super Bowl.

    I can win Powerball.

    I’m sure Daniels is proud of what Clark said, but when does this defense stop talking, and start doing?

  4. cz May 31, 2018

    players like Reggie Gilbert belong on the field because they make plays, simple as that. mccarthy has shown lack of overruling people like him on the bench. vit will be more of the same with mccarthy still there.