Player Outlook
There are two legit reasons to begin the year with the Packers DST: Their talented defense, and their schedule. Pass rusher Rashan Gary leads a pretty deep group up front to get after the quarterback while shutdown corner Jaire Alexander headlines a better-than-solid secondary. This squad had 17 interceptions, which was great, but only 34 sacks in large part because Gary missed eight games. Additionally, almost none of the passers the Packers will see in the first half of the season will scare anyone (unless you're scared of Justin Fields, Russell Wilson or Kirk Cousins). It's the kind of combination that makes this DST worth taking with your last pick.

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  • Packers' Colby Wooden: Fills bit role as rookie

    Wooden racked up 17 tackles (10 solo) and 0.5 sacks over 17 games in the 2023 regular season. The 2023 fourth-rounder filled a complementary role as a rookie, but he did see defensive snaps in every game including the Packers' two playoff contests. Wooden could push for a bigger spot in the defensive line rotation in his second campaign.
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  • Packers' Karl Brooks: Makes mark as rookie

    Brooks recorded 20 tackles (12 solo), 4.0 sacks, four passes defended, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries over 17 games in the 2023 regular season. Brooks was not selected until the sixth round of the 2023 Draft, but he made an impact despite playing only 34 percent of the defensive snaps. He could push for a bigger role in his second season.
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  • Packers' Corey Ballentine: Busy in 2023

    Ballentine registered a career-high 43 tackles (28 solo), an interception and seven passes defended over 14 games in the 2023 regular season. Ballentine played all of 17 defensive snaps over the previous three seasons combined, but he played a career-high 463 for the Packers in 2023 and even made six starts due to injuries in the secondary, although he played only three defensive snaps in the divisional round against the 49ers. He will be a free agent this offseason and will look to catch on somewhere in a depth role.
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  • Packers' Carrington Valentine: Earns starting role as rookie

    Valentine tallied 44 tackles (33 solo), nine passes defended and a fumble recovery over 17 games in the 2023 regular season. The Packers saw enough from the seventh-rounder to give him a starting spot midway through his rookie season, and he held his own in the secondary. Green Bay will almost certainly be adding players this offseason at the cornerback position, so it remains to be seen what role Valentine will fill in his second campaign.
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  • Packers' Lukas Van Ness: Ends with 4.0 sacks

    Van Ness tallied 32 tackles (24 solo), 4.0 sacks and a pass defended over 17 games in the 2023 regular season. Van Ness filled a complementary role for much of his rookie season, but he made his presence felt late in the campaign, racking up 3.0 sacks over the final six games of the regular season and another in Green Bay's playoff opener. Van Ness was taken with the 13th pick in the 2023 Draft, so the Packers figure to give him more opportunities in his second campaign.
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  • Packers' Preston Smith: Another productive season

    Smith stacked up 48 tackles (28 solo), 8.0 sacks, four passes defended and two fumble recoveries over 17 games in the 2023 regular season. Smith played a little less than he did in 2022, but he still started every game and recorded at least 8.0 sacks for the fourth time in his five years with the Packers. He also added 1.5 sacks across the Packers' two playoff games. Green Bay could decide to move on from Smith over the offseason as he's due a $5.4 million roster bonus in March, but cutting him would incur a dead cap hit of nearly $14 million. The 31-year-old's consistent production might encourage the team to pursue a restructure instead.
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  • Packers' Devonte Wyatt: Racks up 5.5 sacks

    Wyatt tallied 36 tackles (18 solo), 5.5 sacks and one fumble recovery over 17 games in the 2023 regular season. Wyatt started only five games in his second season after not starting one as a rookie, but he played half of the defensive snaps and had a respectable showing in the sack department. He played over 40 snaps in each of Green Bay's two playoff games as well but managed only one tackle in each contest. The 2022 first-rounder has flashed some upside, and the Packers will be hoping he can take another step forward in 2024.
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  • Packers' Tedarrell Slaton: Steps into starting role

    Slaton recorded a career-high 50 tackles (23 solo) and two pass defended over 17 games in the 2023 regular season. Slaton started every game in 2023, including Green Bay's two playoff contests, after working in a bit role the prior two seasons, and he wound up averaging just under three stops per game. He could be pushed for snaps in 2024, but he'll likely remain in a significant role against the run.
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  • Packers' Darnell Savage: Finishes with 51 stops

    Savage recorded 51 tackles (36 solo) and a pass deflection over 10 regular-season games in the 2023 season. The pick-six Savage recorded in Green Bay's playoff opener does not show up on his stat line, but that was the only interception he recorded during the campaign. Savage has spent five seasons with the Packers since being drafted in the first round in 2019, but he will be a free agent this offseason, and it remains to be seen if he will stick around or link up with another team.
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  • Packers' De'Vondre Campbell: Tackle total dips again

    Campbell made 75 tackles (46 solo), recovered a fumble and deflected a pass over 11 games in the 2023 regular season. Campbell averaged nearly as many tackles on a per-game basis as he did in 2022, but with the missed games due to injury he finished with just over half of the career-best 146 tackles he recorded in 2021. The 30-year-old is under contract with the Packers for three more years, but with his production taking a dip, the team could opt to move on over the offseason.
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  • Packers' Keisean Nixon: Another All-Pro season

    Nixon notched 80 tackles (59 solo), a half sack, an interception and six pass deflections over 17 games in the 2023 season. He also returned 30 kicks for 782 yards and 14 punts for 95 yards. Nixon's exploits in the return game earned him first-team All-Pro honors for a second straight year, and he was also more involved on the defensive side of the ball than he was in any of his first four seasons as a professional. Nixon will be a free agent this offseason and figures to garner interest from several teams, but the Packers will also presumably be interested in keeping him in Green Bay.
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  • Packers' Jonathan Owens: Makes mark for Packers

    Owens recorded 84 tackles (58 solo), a sack, three pass deflections, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery for a touchdown over 17 regular-season games in the 2023 season. Owens was not quite as involved in his first season with Green Bay as he was in his final year with Houston, but he still wound up starting 11 games and finishing third among Packers in total tackles. He signed a one-year deal with the team last offseason, so it remains to be seen who he will be suiting up for when the 2024 campaign gets underway.
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  • Packers' Isaiah McDuffie: Steps into larger role

    McDuffie tallied 86 tackles (56 solo), a half sack and a pass deflection over 16 regular-season games in the 2023 season. McDuffie did not play even one snap on defense in his 2021 rookie season, but he was on the field for 17 percent of the snaps in 2022, and that number jumped all the way to 48 percent in 2023. His role heading into 2024 will hinge significantly on whether or not De'Vondre Campbell is brought back, but if Campbell moves on McDuffie will have a chance to open the season as the starting inside linebacker alongside Quay Walker.
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  • Packers' Quay Walker: Finishes with 118 stops

    Walker stacked up 118 tackles (59 solo), 2.5 sacks, an interception, three pass deflections and a touchdown over 14 games in the 2023 regular season. Walker just missed matching the 121 stops he made during his rookie season, and he undoubtedly would have surpassed that number had he not missed three games. He's developed into an every-down linebacker, and he should find himself in the same role in 2024.
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  • Packers' Jaire Alexander: Limited appearances in 2023

    Alexander recorded 27 tackles (23 solo), a forced fumble and five pass deflections over seven games in the 2023 regular season. It was a peculiar season for Alexander, who missed nine games with injury and another due to a team-imposed suspension, but he was out there during the playoffs, and his presence was key for Green Bay's defense. A healthy Alexander -- the league's highest-paid cornerback -- would go a long way toward the Packers being more effective on the defensive side of the ball in 2024.
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  • Packers' Kenny Clark: Sets career high for sacks

    Clark tallied 44 tackles (22 solo), a career-high 7.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and three pass deflections over 17 games in the 2023 regular season. Clark had not recorded more than 6.0 sacks in a season, but he surpassed that mark in his eighth go-around as a professional. He appeared in every game the last two seasons and will turn just 28 years old in October, so he figures to remain a force up front for the Packers.
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  • Packers' Rashan Gary: Finishes with 9.0 sacks

    Gary recorded 44 tackles (23 solo), 9.0 sacks, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and two pass deflections over 17 regular-season games in 2023. Gary appeared well on his way to reaching double digits in the sack department for the first time, but he did not make a mark in that column after Week 13. He still managed to appear in every game on the schedule after seeing his 2022 campaign cut short by a torn ACL, and he will have a normal offseason heading into the 2024 campaign.
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  • Packers' Kingsley Enagbare: Diagnosed with ACL injury

    Enagbare sustained a torn ACL during the Packers' wild-card win at Dallas, Ryan Wood of USA Today reports. Enagbare thought after he picked up the injury that it might be a bone bruise, but that turned out to be wishful thinking. He'll undergo surgery to repair his knee, and his availability for the start of the 2024 season now is in doubt.
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  • Packers' Quay Walker: Exists with cramping Saturday

    Walker is questionable to return to Saturday's divisional-round playoff game against the 49ers due to cramping. Walker exited in the third quarter and headed to the locker room. He was subsequently deemed questionable to re-enter the contest. Isaiah McDuffie has entered at linebacker in Walker's stead.
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  • Packers' Isaiah McDuffie: Will play in divisional round

    McDuffie (neck) is active for Saturday's divisional-round game against the 49ers, Mike Spofford of the Packers' official site reports. McDuffie was listed as a limited participant in Wednesday's walkthrough and Thursday's practice and is good to go for Saturday's contest. He sustained the neck injury in the Packers' wild-card win over the Cowboys. McDuffie played 21 snaps -- 15 on defense, nine on special teams -- against Dallas and finished with six tackles (five solo).
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