Top 10 Best Green Bay Packers Players of the 2021 Season
Going into this season, I didn't expect Rodgers to compete for another MVP. I had already crossed off seeing a Packers player win MVP from my bucket list last season. As the season went on however, he was playing as efficient as ever, and it made me wonder if he really is competing once again. His final stat line was 37 touchdown passes to just 4 picks. Not as good as last season, but still insanely efficient. I truly believe he is going to win his fourth MVP award, in back-to-back years as well. I sincerely hope Rodgers returns next season, because he's my favorite NFL player of all time, and the team just wouldn't be the same without him.
After putting together the best season of his career in 2020, Adams put together a good continuation of that. He was alongside Cooper Kupp as two of the best receivers in the league this season. He set a career high in receiving yardage with 1,553, and caught 11 touchdown passes. Now he heads into free agency looking to be the highest paid receiver in the league. I hope we can work something out with him, because he is an incredible player.
In June 2021, Campbell signed a 1 year prove-it deal with the Packers. Green Bay is a team that has consistently struggled to find a valuable inside linebacker. I'd even argue that Ray Nitschke was our last elite one, and he retired in 1972. All I expected was for Campbell to be yet another one year veteran stopgap for us. However, little did I know that we had found something special. Noticeably, our run defense kind of improved this year, and when the defense was firing off on all cylinders around midseason, Campbell was a huge reason why. He was rangy, could cover receivers, and actually tackled players at or behind the line of scrimmage. He rarely missed tackles. We had finally found an elite inside linebacker. His hard work was awarded with a first team all-pro nod. He totaled 132 tackles, 2 sacks, and 2 interceptions on the season. Now going into the offseason, he is a free agent, and he should be our priority #1. We saw what the Packers defense could look like with an elite ...more
I remember when Jaire Alexander went down in Week 4, and I thought, "oh man, our secondary is screwed." So when Stephon Gilmore became available for trade, I was hoping we'd go for him. To my and others dismay however, Gilmore was shipped to Carolina, and we signed some random corner off of the Cardinals practice squad. I didn't know how this Douglas guy was going to help our secondary at all. Fast forward to a game against the Cardinals in late October, and Kyler Murray throws an end zone pick to none other than Rasul Douglas. What a moment that was. From there, Douglas was on the radar. He wasn't just a backup getting playing time, he was a legitimately great starter. He could tackle, cover, and he was a ball hawk. He had a pick six in back-to-back weeks against the Rams and Bears, and picked off Baker Mayfield twice versus the Browns. Douglas was such a good midseason addition. He is a free agent, but he said it wouldn't cost Green Bay too much to re-sign him, so let's do it. A ...more
With Za'Darius Smith missing all but two games with a back injury, Gary's time finally came to shine in his third season. Alongside Preston Smith, the edge rusher flashed star power. He finished the year leading the team with 9.5 sacks, and a lot of times looked like a star. I wouldn't be surprised to see him surpass double digit sacks next season.
After dealing with injuries in 2020, Clark had a resurgent year at nose tackle. Earning his second Pro Bowl nod, Clark notched 44 tackles and 4 sacks. I can't even imagine where our defensive line would be without him. Now, we need to get him a running mate.
The Packers heavily utilized a committee approach when it came to their running backs this year, and Dillon took advantage of the increased workload. Going into his second season, a lot wondered if he could replicate the success of his game against the Titans as a rookie. As it would turn out, Dillon became a valuable asset to the offense. He actually led the team with 803 rushing yards to go along with 5 touchdowns. He was a bruising force and always got tough yards. Unexpectedly though, he also flashed some ability in the passing game, something he didn't do a lot of in college. He had 313 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns. With Dillon starting to pan out, the Packers have a fearsome backfield with him and Aaron Jones.
It was yet another successful year for Jones, on the first year of his four year contract. He rushed for 799 yards, which is short of the 1,000 yard mark he reached the last two seasons. Still, he was as explosive as ever. He also totaled 6 receiving touchdowns, and was very effective in that area of play. Jones is a dynamic home run hitter, and the Packers are lucky to have him.
For his third season in Green Bay, Amos was once again a great veteran piece in a secondary that needed it. Starting all 17 games, he had 86 tackles and 2 interceptions. Going into the last year of his contract, the Packers would be wise to bring him back on another deal.
Talk about a resurgent season from Lowry. The last two seasons after signing a contract extension in July 2019, he wasn't playing very well, and many called for him to be cut. However, he showed up to play in 2021, and had a career high in sacks with 5, and he had 42 tackles. The defensive end was a nice part of an improved run defense unit.