GREEN BAY – Offensive Coordinator Edgar Bennett is already anticipating a high level of intensity from the Packers’ receiving corps once workouts begin this spring and summer.
The motivations are varied and endless, from player to player. The future of
“When you put it all together, you see that group battling. Tremendous competition, that’s what you want,” Bennett said in his final remarks to the media earlier this week. “When you have competition like that, it raises the level in that room. When you have guys competing on a daily basis, pushing each other to be the best they can possibly be, that helps the team overall.
“It can potentially be that type of situation going into next year with all of those guys battling for play time.”
The absence of Nelson this season created a domino effect on the offense from which the Packers never fully recovered. The shortcomings in the passing game began to surface midway through the six-game winning streak to start the year, opposing defenses adjusted, and the offense was plagued with inconsistency from there on.
The various issues affected quarterback
“We need more from everyone,” Bennett said. “We all need to do more.”
The top six offensive linemen remain under contract, but additional depth will be targeted. Running back
Ranking 23rd in total yards and 25th in passing yards is so far below the Packers’ standard that the coaching staff’s detailed offensive evaluation this offseason will feel different than it ever has under McCarthy.
It will have to be the genesis for different results in 2016.
“I would think our team would have that hunger,” Bennett said. “We’ll learn from that situation, and have that added motivation. I think the entire team and the unit would want that hunger.”