The Green Bay Packers drafted two running backs in the first four rounds of this year’s draft after many had been calling for the team to find more production in the run game. With the addition of draftees Eddie Lacy and Johnathan Franklin, some would argue that each will end up playing a key role in the 2013 Packers’ storyline.
With Packers GM Ted Thompson having once again been very quiet in free agency, the draft was seemingly the team’s biggest chance to add to their existing roster. Those draft picks, along with a few undrafted free agents, have garnered a lot of attention. Actually, they have seen nearly all of it this off season, minus a few tiny contract situations that were recently ironed out.
Lost in the shuffle of all that is new, it’s what is “old” that I am anticipating will make the biggest difference when the smoke clears and the 2013 season is in the books.
Linebacker Desmond Bishop emerged as one of the team’s top defensive players during the team’s 2010 Super Bowl season. That year, Bishop jumped from a career high of 29 tackles to 75. The increase in playing time was a factor, but it’s hard to argue that Bishop became one of the team’s most productive defenders until a torn hamstring ended his 2012 season.