A Bright Future for the Packers

 

-Derick Frederick

As a lifelong Green Bay Packer fan I have witnessed a number of roller-coaster seasons however, none of them have ever seemed to be as unpredictable as the 2015 season. With a number of come from behind wins and heartbreaking losses no one could seem to get a grasp on what was in-store for Green Bay, including sports analysts and NFL experts. Entering the season the Packers had expectations of competing for a championship but a number of injuries and under-performances by players lead to an overall disappointing season. However, through the struggles of the 2015 season a number of young players shined and could prove to be key building blocks for the Packers future.

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (Pos: FS – Age: 23)

On a defense that seemed to be the strong point of the Packers in 2015 Ha Ha Clinton-Dix flew under the radar by leading the team in tackles with a 100 tackle season, 32 more than anyone else on the team. This accomplishment might be due to the lack of production from the linebacker position however. As a Free-Safety only playing in his second season, leading the Packers in tackles is a great accomplishment. Clinton-Dix found himself in the right place at the right time, however he struggled to make the big play sometimes. Expect him to begin making these plays as he gains experience in the years to come.

Damarious Randall / Quinten Rollins (Pos: CB – Age: 23)

In the 2015 NFL draft the Packers put great emphasis on addressing the Cornerback position by grabbing Damarious Randall in the first round and Quinten Rollins in the second. This was a decision that became critical to the success of the Green Bay defense as Sam Shields spent long periods of time on the sidelines with injuries. The two Cornerbacks combined for 81 tackles and 5 interceptions in their rookie seasons and could become one of the best pass defense duos in the NFL soon. Expect to see both Randall and Rollins frequently moved around in Dom Caper’s defense.

Jeff Janis (Pos: WR – Age: 24)

Packers had signed Randell Cobb to a long-term contract that would seemingly lock up their receiving corps for years to come however, a preseason injury to Jordy Nelson would result in him missing the entire season. This would prove to be the most significant loss of the season as the Packers would struggle to make up the ground in the passing game. Although he only had two catches during the regular season, Jeff Janis would step up in key moments in the playoffs and nearly led a comeback against the Arizona Cardinals. With majority of the Packers receivers struggling and Janis only being 24, there is no reason to think he won’t be an important aspect moving forward. Janis was also a key contributor on Special Teams, he was one of the team’s best gunners.

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