In 2018, Aaron Rodgers and the Packers look to return to the playoffs and contend for a Super Bowl. Rodgers is a surefire Hall-of-Famer and undoubtedly one of the most exciting players in the NFL. With Rodgers at the helm, the Packers are committed to winning now. This offseason, the Packers made a statement acquisition by signing the best tight end on the market, Jimmy Graham. The 6’7” Graham will give Rodgers a deep threat down the middle and a huge red zone target. Davante Adams returns as Green Bay’s new number one receiver with the departure of Jordy Nelson. Adams is a superb route runner and an exciting playmaker in space. The running game in Green Bay will once again be handled by committee. Expect Jamaal Williams, Aaron Jones, and Ty Montgomery to share carries as each brings a unique skillset. Both Williams and Jones are coming off promising rookie seasons. Aaron Rodgers will be protected by a perennially underrated offensive line. David Bakhtiari and Bryan Bulaga (when healthy) are an elite combination of pass-blocking tackles. If Bakhtiari and Bulaga can keep Rodgers healthy for 16 games, expect the Packers offense to perform at an elite level.
The Packers defense will look dramatically different in 2018 under new defensive coordinator Mike Pettine. Pettine will look to rebuild this Packers defense with youth and athleticism. Packers fans are optimistic that defensive woes of the past decade can be fixed under a new scheme. The strength of the Packers defense in 2018 should be their defensive line. Defensive tackle Mike Daniels brings grit and intensity, and, together with second year lineman Kenny Clark, will form the core of an explosive line. Scouts expect a Pro-Bowl caliber year from Clark in 2018. The Packers emphasized their committment to building a championship-caliber defense by signing free agent defensive lineman Mo Wilkerson in free agency. Wilkerson arrives in Green Bay on a 1 year "prove it" deal. At the top of his game, Wilkerson can be a dominant player. Clay Matthews returns for his 10th season as the leader of this Packers defense. Safety Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix anchors a young secondary with much to prove.