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.”