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Packers open camp seeking to build on 2019 breakthrough

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GREEN BAY PACKERS (14-4)

GREEN BAY PACKERS (14-4)

CAMP SITE: Green Bay, Wisconsin

LAST YEAR: Packers bounced back from two straight losing seasons by sweeping through NFC North and beating Seattle Seahawks in playoffs before falling 37-20 to San Francisco 49ers, their third conference championship game loss in past six years. Packers made major strides in coach Matt LaFleurs debut season thanks in part to free-agent acquisitions of ZaDarius Smith and Preston Smith, who combined for 25 sacks.

IMPORTANT ADDITIONS: TE Josiah Deguara, RB A.J. Dillon, WR Devin Funchess, LB Christian Kirksey, QB Jordan Love, LB Kamal Martin, OT Rick Wagner

IMPORTANT LOSSES: WR Geronimo Allison, OT Bryan Bulaga, LB Kyler Fackrell, TE Jimmy Graham, LB Blake Martinez

PANDEMIC CHALLENGES: QB Aaron Rodgers gets less time to work with Funchess, Packers lone major addition to receiving group. Does Loves lack of rookie minicamp hinder how fast he adjusts to system? NFL protocols in place during pandemic mean Packers will hold entire training camp operations at Lambeau Field rather than sleeping and eating dinner at St. Norbert College, which had hosted team for training camp since 1958.

CAMP NEEDS: Packers must find way to improve run defense that got gashed by San Francisco 49ers in NFC championship game and lost their leading tackler when Martinez signed with New York Giants. Theyre counting on Kirksey to rebound from two injury-shortened seasons to fill Martinezs old spot. They must work in Wagner at right tackle as they attempt to replace Bulaga, a longtime starter who signed with Los Angeles Chargers. They need to figure out how Dillon fits in backfield that already includes Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams.

EXPECTATIONS: Packers made huge jump last year because they stayed healthy and won nearly all their close games. Theyre unlikely to be quite as fortunate this year. They still should contend for NFC North title, but 9-7 or 10-6 seems like much more realistic possibility than repeat of last years 13-3 regular-season record.

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first published:July 21, 2020, 03:33 IST