The Green Bay Packers have been one of the most consistently successful teams in the NFL for the past decade. Part of the reason for their continued success is their ability to develop the talent on their roster. Every year on teams around the league players will have breakout seasons that is no different in Green Bay.
1. Geronimo Allison, Wide Receiver. Allison really came on strong in the final two games of last season catching eight of his twelve passes in those two games. Allison is an athletic receiver who has developed a good rapport with quarterback Aaron Rodgers throughout last season. Though he currently sits behind Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, and Devante Adams on the depth chart it would make sense for Allison to fill the same role former Packer James Jones filled early in his career when he was fourth on the depth chart. This may be hindered in part by the offseason additions of tight ends Martellus Bennet and Lance Kendricks and the fact that Allison is facing a one game suspension to open the season, but he should be able to contribute offensively should he beat out Jeff Janis and Max McCaffrey in the preseason.
2. Marwin Evans, Safety. Last season Evans played sparingly, mostly on special teams. He played in sixteen games last season accumulating six tackles. During the first game of this preseason however, Evans managed seven tackles and hauled in an interception. Evans looks to have a better handle on the playbook in his second season and given continued production, should be able to provide competition for second round pick Josh Jones as Morgan Burnett’s backup.
3. Any of the running backs. Ok so this one’s a bit of a cheat but it’s also true. It could be said that Ty Montgomery had his breakout season last season, but there are also many questions about how he’ll perform for a whole sixteen game season. So far in the preseason none of the running backs have stood out. The much hyped rookie Jamal Williams had a rather unspectacular debut with four carries for just fourteen yards. Aaron Jones had two carries for zero yards, and their Fellow rookie Devante Mays had no carries but did have one catch for five yards. Montgomery didn’t have a great day either at three carries for zero yards. With the lack of production from the running game in the preseason it would appear that this position, especially behind Montgomery, is wide open which could lead to a breakout season for any one of these players.
4. Davon House, cornerback. The Packers drafted House a few years back and he established himself as a solid cover man before heading to Jacksonville where he had a good season as a starter in 2015 before falling out of the rotation in 2016 with the additions of Jalen Ramsey and Prince Amukamara. This past offseason House returned to Green Bay where he’ll look to play the Sam Shields role as the consistent cover man. Pending some stellar play from Kevin King, or a bounce back season from either Quinton Rollins, or Damarious Randall, House should become the teams number one corner.