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What does the Green Bay Packers 2023 team have in store? The biggest and highest profile change for the Packers is Aaron Rogers who is moving to the New York Jets. And he’s taken his favorite receivers with him – Allen Lazard and Randall Cobb. Green Bay’s offense is now unrecognizable and is a big question mark in terms of how well it will produce this season. They’ve decided to extend quarterback Jordan Love’s contract rather than provide him with a fifth-year option. It seems Green Bay wants to give Love a chance but still keep their options open. 

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Jordan Love is Moving Into the Limelight

Drafted in 2020 as the 26th overall pick, Love has made only three extended regular-season appearances. He has a high potential to do well, but it’s anyone’s guess how he’ll do once the season starts. Love ended his career at Utah State as the second-winningest quarterback in the school’s history. He set a school record for passing yards and touchdown passes in 2018. If he gets the right coaching team working with him, there is potential that he can do great things for this team.  

Green Bay’s defense did not change all that much in the offseason with the departure of safety Adrian Amos and defensive lineman Dean Lowry.

The coaching staff remained the same with one exception. Former defensive passing game coordinator Jerry Gray, moved to the Atlanta Falcons to be their defensive coordinator and assistant head coach.

Draft Picks to Enhance the Green Bay Packers Offense in 2023

The Packers got three extra picks for their trade of Aaron Rodgers, giving them a total of 13. That helps. They’ve been good at keeping and developing their new talent and they need to rebuild the offense.

No. 13, Lukas Van Ness, DE. Because the Packers switched from a 4-3 defense to a 3-4, they will be transitioning Van Ness from DE to outside linebacker. His nickname is Hercules because he’s such a dominating human being. Look forward to seeing his development in this position. 

No. 42, Luke Musgrave, TE. The 6’ 6” prospect started 2022 in fine form with 11 catches for 169 yards and a score in two games before suffering a knee injury and missing the rest of the season. 

No. 50, Jayden Reed, WR. Not typical of players picked by the Packers, Reed is under six feet tall and weighs less than 190 pounds. But he’s fast, strong, and versatile. 

No. 78, Tucker Kraft, TE. At 6’ 5” and 254 pounds, Kraft makes a good pairing of tight ends along with Luke Musgrave, for quarterback Love to work with. The two met during the pre-draft process and got along well. 

No. 116, Colby Wooden, EDGE. He fills a need as they only have three defensive linemen who’ve played. At 6’ 4” and 278 pounds, he has decent size and he has good speed. Also important, he brings a positive attitude, a desire to learn, and a real love of the game.

No. 149, Sean Clifford, QB. It was expected that the Packers would bring on a veteran to be the backup quarterback to mentor Love. However, Clifford has impressed the coaching staff so far in practice. If all goes well, he will be Love’s backup. If not, a few veterans are still available on the open market such as Teddy Bridgewater, Matt Ryan, and Nick Foles.

No. 159, Dontayvion Wicks, WR. Even though he had a bad 2022 season with an injury and a few more drops, Green Bay is still excited to have him. He had a stellar 2021 season with 1,203 yards, 21.1 yards per catch, and 9 TDs. That, and his combination of size and overall athleticism, makes him a welcome addition to the franchise.

No. 179, Karl Brooks, DT. He’s had 17.5 sacks and 30.5 tackles for loss over his last two seasons. But against two top-level teams, he had only one tackle and no sacks. 

No. 207, Anders Carlson, K. After 16 seasons with the Packers, kicker Mason Crosby has moved on. Anders Carlson connected on 79 of 110 field goal attempts and 173 of 176 extra points over five years at Auburn. The special teams coordinator Rick Bisaccia coached Carlson’s brother Daniel in Las Vegas. This should work out fine.

No. 232, Carrington Valentine, CB. In 35 games in Kentucky, he totaled 119 tackles, 16 pass breakups, two sacks, and an interception. He’s rated as one of the nation’s top 100 cornerbacks by ESPN and Rivals. 

No. 235, Lew Nichols III, RB. At only 5’ 9” and 208 pounds, he’s small but sturdy. He has good hands and understands the game enough to be good at pass protection as well as running and catching. In 2021 his stats were 1,848 yards (5.4 average), 16 touchdowns. He caught 40 passes for 338 yards and one touchdown. 

No. 242, Anthony Johnson Jr., S. He switched from corner to safety in 2022, playing all 12 games with 60 tackles, two interceptions, and four pass breakups.

No. 256, Grant DuBose, WR. Grant was picked 3rd from last overall. He put up great numbers in his last two seasons and should be a great asset to the Packers. In 2022 he caught 64 passes for 792 yards and nine touchdowns. 

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