Aaron Rodgers doesn’t need a consistent running game behind him for the Green Bay Packers to be successful.
Rodgers, however, should want that running game behind him as he enters his 10th season as the starting quarterback.
That’s the path back to a Super Bowl for the first time since 2010. Green Bay GM Ted Thompson obliged with a shrewd fourth-round pick of BYU running back Jamaal Williams on Saturday. He’s the power back this offense needs, wants and can use heading into the next run in 2017.
Green Bay will be in that Super Bowl contender conversation as long as Rodgers is quarterback. He proved that last year by leading Green Bay to an eight-game win streak between the regular-season and playoffs that pushed the Packers to the NFC championship game against Atlanta.
Peppers is a playmaker, and he could do it anywhere on the field. He had 72 tackles, 16 tackles for loss and four sacks while playing as an undersized linebacker at Michigan. He can play Cheap Barcelona Jerseys cornerback, nickel back and safety, and can add value in the return game. Peppers’ coverage skills will be the determining factor with this pick, and he’ll be propped up against Ohio State’s Malik Hooker, who went 10 picks earlier to the Colts.
The disclaimer is always included: Workouts are voluntary, but …
It’s exhausting. It needs to stop. It sucks up energy that could be applied elsewhere (for example, why Mike Mularkey is still being trusted with a young, rebuilding, contending Titans team led by a prodigy like Marcus Mariota).