Green Bay Packers
2019 is the year that Aaron Jones emerges as one of the best running backs in football. As the Packers open up training camp, only one person comes to mind. (Evan Siegle/Packers)

One word describes the 2019 Green Bay Packers. Matt LaFleur. Alright, maybe that’s two words. Does Matt LaFleur know what the hell he is doing? His resume is not a lengthy one. That much is obvious. Regardless, the Aaron Rodgers and Mike McCarthy duo needed a face lift. Can LaFleur spark life into the Packers offense? That’s the milliondollar question. What else can we examine as the Green Bay Packers open up training camp?

3 Position Battles To Watch:

Tight End: Jimmy Graham, Mercedes Lewis, Jace Sternberger

Jimmy Graham isn’t the same guy anymore. Graham is on a sharp decline. Graham had just 2 touchdowns in 2018. TWO! Mercedes Lewis is past his prime too. Lewis contributed a lot with his three catches zero touchdowns on the year. Now we get to X-Factor Jace Sternberger. The rookie has a chance to come in and carve out a role. I hope his lack of blocking doesn’t keep him off the field because the Texas A&M product can be a receiving weapon.

Center: Elgton Jenkins, Corey Linsley

Elgton Jenkins comes to town and may have been the best guard or center in the entire draft. Jenkins was a really good player for Mississippi State. The Packers really have a solid offensive line. Corey Linsley has been a rock for this team for a decent amount of time. Maybe it’s guard Lane Taylor who is more in trouble. I have a hard time believing that Green Bay picked Jenkins so high to not play him.

Wide Receiver: Geronimo Allison, Equanimeous St. Brown, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Jake Kumerow, Trevor Davis, J’Mon Moore

Talk about a crowded room. Talk about an unproven room. Aaron Rodgers has already shown that he doesn’t like anyone except for Davonte Adams anyway not maybe this is a moot point. Still, I’m curious to see which one emerges. Geronimo Allison feels like he’s close. Allison has been on a steady rise since turns heads at the East-West Game a few years ago. I still don’t know what St. Brown or Valdes-Scantling is.

Ready To Breakout: Aaron Jones

Aaron Jones was spectacular in 2018. Now it’s time to do it for a full season and emerge as one of the best backs in football. In two years, Jones has averaged 5.5 yards per carry on just 214 total carries. This is the year Jones becomes THE GUY. There are not a lot of players, let alone running backs, who have Jones’ explosive playing style.

Rookie To Watch: Darnell Savage

Darnell Savage was one of the players I really liked in the 2019 NFL Draft. Middle of the first round pick was a little rich for my taste but I think this pick should work out. Savage gives the Packers a real replacement for HaHa Clinton-Dix. He also can drop in the slot and play corner. Savage has been on the rise since the pre-draft process. He won practice player on the week and really impressed. Savage hasn’t allowed a touchdown since 2016 and should improve this Green Bay secondary.

Fantasy Sleeper: Dexter Williams

Jamaal Williams sucks. I know what he is by now. An average running back that picks up the easy yards and falls down when it matters. I think Dexter Williams can find his niche as the number two back behind Jones. I’m sure the Packers don’t want Aaron Jones becoming a full bell cow. Williams might follow in the Josh Adams footsteps and become useful late in the season.