TE Jimmy Graham (No. 80): Five-time Pro Bowler caught 10 touchdown passes for the Seahawks in 2017, leading all tight ends. Connected with Aaron Rodgers all summer and could be a tough matchup all over the field.
DL Muhammad Wilkerson (No. 96): Once delivered 28.5 sacks as a 3-4 DE over a three-year span (2013-15). Can be a dominant, disruptor interior penetrator.
CB Tramon Williams (No. 38): Former Packer returned after three years away. Still quick as ever, with instincts, awareness and ball skills.
TE Marcedes Lewis (No. 89): Veteran tight end is an elite run blocker who caught five touchdown passes during his last season in Jacksonville in 2017.
QB DeShone Kizer (No. 9): Acquired in trade with Browns. Young and talented second-year quarterback with room to grow in all areas. Handed backup job after Packers traded away Brett Hundley.
OL Byron Bell (No. 74): Signed in late May. The 29-year-old offensive lineman has made 70 career starts. Packers believe he can play guard and tackle.
LB Antonio Morrison (No. 48): Acquired in trade with Colts during training camp. Tough, physical linebacker capable of playing downhill against the run.
LB Korey Toomer (No. 56): Signed after roster cutdowns. Made 123 tackles and 16 starts over the last two seasons with the Chargers.
RB Darius Jackson (No. 22): Intriguing athlete signed off Cowboys practice squad after final cutdowns. Former Eastern Michigan star will go into season as No. 3 running back.
MOST IMPORTANT PLAYERS
QB Aaron Rodgers
Rodgers is back after missing nine games with a broken right clavicle last season. He was enjoying an MVP-like start to his 2017 campaign before going down in Minnesota on Oct. 15. The Packers’ 3-6 record without him reflected his unwavering game-to-game importance to the franchise. He is similar to LeBron James in the NBA; Despite not winning MVP every year, he’s likely the most important and valuable player in the league every single season. Now 34, Rodgers signed a record-breaking $134 million contract extension that will keep him in Green Bay through the 2023 season.
LT David Bakhtiari
The Packers’ left tackle is both supremely talented and reliable, having earned back-to-back All-Pro honors while only missing six games in his first five NFL seasons. A fifth-round pick in 2013, Bakhtiari has developed into the league’s top pass-blocking left tackle. He shook off an injury scare at the team’s Family Night Scrimmage and is good to go for Week 1. Aaron Rodgers and the Packers will need him against the growing number of disruptive pass-rushers in the NFC North.
DL Mike Daniels
The heart and soul of the Packers defense is still as tough as they come. Built low to the ground and impossibly strong, Daniels overpowers interior offensive linemen and disrupts plays against the run and as a pass-rusher. While his best work often comes as a run-stuffer, Daniels also has at least four sacks in five straight seasons. He was rewarded with his first ever Pro Bowl appearance in 2017. Daniels isn’t just a leader in the locker room, he’s the best defensive player on the roster.
OLB Clay Matthews
Matthews’ production has tailed off, and he can no longer be considered an elite edge rusher, but he’s still dynamic against the run and explosive enough to challenge offensive tackles and win off stunts and blitzes. The Packers defense just doesn’t operate the same without him. It’s possible the introduction of new defensive coordinator Mike Pettine will reinvigorate Matthews and unlock his full potential as a versatile front-seven defender. The Packers need him to be an every-down disruptor in 2018.
WR Davante Adams
Adams took over as the Packers’ undisputed No. 1 receiver during the 2017 season, leading the offense in targets (117), receptions (74), receiving yards (885) and touchdowns (10). He caught five scores each from Aaron Rodgers and backup Brett Hundley, including game-winners against Dallas and Cleveland. His 22 touchdown catches since 2016 leads the NFL. Adams is tough to handle off the line of scrimmage and a magnet for the football in the red zone. The Packers rewarded him with a $58 million extension just days before Green Bay’s season finale in Detroit last December.