The Green Bay Packers Will Return as Super Bowl Contenders in 2016

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) points to a receiver during the second half of an NFL divisional playoff football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

The Green Bay Packers lost to the Arizona Cardinals 26-20 after a Jeff Janis 41 yard hail mary touchdown from Aaron Rodgers to tie the game in regulation. The magic of the Packers season has come to an end, but with Rodgers as your quarterback, the prospects for every season are always high. Rodgers stated, “I’m just really proud of these guys. I love being a Packer. This is tough when the season ends abruptly like this,” as the season ended in dissapointing fashion.

The Packers will return wide receiver Jordy Nelson from injury to play alongside Randall Cobb, Davante Adams and an emerging Jeff Janis. James Jones will be a free agent. Eddie Lacy will lead the backfield behind the Packers strong offensive line, but the Packers must address the tight end position.

The Packers have not had a real pass catching threat at tight end since Jermichael Finley. Richard Rodgers and Andrew Quarless are average at best pass catching tight ends. Rodgers led the tight end position in receiving with 510 yards and eight touchdowns, but is not a consistent threat teams have to worry about in the passing game.

On the defensive side of the football, the Packers need more of a pass rush to help take the load off of Julius Peppers. Clay Matthews had an underwhelming season by his standards with the second lowest sack total of his career at 6.5 sacks and had zero forced fumbles. The Packers should look to add talent at all positions on the defense.

Coach Mike McCarthy stated, “We had a lot of opportunities. Our guys fought right til the end,” after the team’s loss. Packers fans should be optimistic for the 2016 season with Aaron Rodgers leading the team and a management that continues to make the right roster moves each offseason.

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