For approximately 25 players vying to claim on spot on the Packers final 53-man roster, their last time wearing a Green Bay uniform will be Saturday afternoon.
It’s the last chance for rookies, free-agents, and veterans to make an impression on Matt LaFleur’s coaching staff and GM Brian Gutekunst before final cuts are made next week.
For the Packers, it’s Super Bowl or bust. An all-in season following two consecutive seasons of losses in the NFC Championship Game.
After a tumultuous and drama-filled offseason, there’s no guarantees that quarterback Aaron Rodgers or free-agent receiver Davante Adams will be back in 2022. The sense of urgency to win and claim another Super Bowl ring is high—and permeates every level of the franchise.
“I think we all know what’s at stake,” Rodgers told the media in his post-practice press conference on Thursday.
“I talked about that a little bit the other day about perspective and how important that perspective is: to focus on this season and enjoy the most out of this season, because there are a lot of unknowns. They jumped through some hoops to get under the cap this year. We’re just going to enjoy this season. It’s Titletown. It’s championship or disappointment just about every year.”
For the Packers, solidifying their offensive line—potentially featuring two rookie starters in center Josh Myers and right guard Royce Newman—and getting backup Jordan Love back on the field to start against the Bills are the top offensive priorities.
For the defense, it’s evaluating young talent and finalizing starters at the inside linebacker positions, along with getting rookie speedster Eric Stokes reps as he pushes Kevin King for the starting cornerback job opposite Jaire Alexander.
And for the Packers special teams, the Buffalo game is a must to show improvement in return coverage units after a dreadful performance against the New York Jets last Saturday.