The defensive line will be a position of intense scrutiny in this training camp, as the Packers try to fortify a position at which it often employed only two men in “nickel” situations last season.
Second-round draft pick
The main question on the defensive line for a defense that fell to No. 32 in sacks per pass play last season is: Can the Packers find a defensive lineman that can add something to the pass rush? Packers defensive linemen registered only six sacks, three each by nose tackle
Worthy would seem to be the hope for the future. Hargrove is an accomplished defensive lineman who adds pass-rush potential, but he’s facing an eight-game suspension for his part in the Saints’ “Bountygate.” Merling is a former first-round pick who’s attempting to reclaim his career.
Candidates on the defensive line are many. Who might emerge? It’s one of the critical questions of this training camp.
Raji and defensive end
Young veterans Wynn and
The Packers will take 12 defensive linemen to training camp. They had 10 on their training camp roster last season.