The Green Bay Packers were already considered one of the better offenses in the league heading into the 2017 NFL season.
With the addition of tight ends Martellus Bennett and Lance Kendricks, the Packers continue to improve the strength of their football team. The best teams in the league don’t just improve on weaknesses, they also improve on their strengths as well. For a team like the Packers, there is little that they can’t do on offense in the passing game. With these new additions, they can now do even more as an offense to gain an advantage.
Per NFL.com, the Packers quarterback believes that with these additions, they can be even more balanced on offense in 2017.
“I think we’re going to have a lot more flexibility in that package,” Aaron Rodgers said, via the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “(The) ’12’ personnel is more of a run-pass balanced personnel and it has been throughout the league and for us the past few years. The opportunity to put two guys on the line of scrimmage and have an opportunity to run right, run left and then run all of our vertical passing game is going to be something that could definitely change and be more difficult to stop.”
The league seems to be going to more of a spread offense as the passing games continue to grow and the wide receivers continue to get bigger and faster. Teams are always looking to gain an advantage and it seems that the passing game is where you gain that advantage these days. The Packers now can do so much on offense to gain that advantage.
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With these two additions, the Packers can now play anywhere from no tight ends to three tight ends at the same time on the same field. They can also split out one or two of their tight ends to gain an advantage in coverage. The offense has improved tons with Bennett and Kendricks joining Jordy Nelson, Davante Adams, Randall Cobb, Richard Rodgers, and Ty Montgomery. They have so many different formations to use out of that group of players.
It’s not just about your typical sets for the wide receivers and tight ends, the Packers can line up many formations out of the back field as well. Green Bay has been known to run three backs in the back field, but with the Packers personnel, would they be running or passing out of that? Put Ty Montgomery behind Bennett and Rodgers, and you have to think rush first, but in no way, is it a guaranteed run.
If you thought Rodgers was dangerous before, just wait for 2017!