The 2023 offseason started after the Kansas City Chiefs lifted the Lombardi Trophy on February 12 in Arizona. The teams are now working day and night to be under the league mandate salary cap. A few clubs have started to release players from their rosters to adjust the salary cap and make space for the rookies they are going to pick in the draft.
The NFL combine is an event where players from all over the country will be invited to showcase their skills. The combine is scheduled from February 28 to March 6 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. General managers and coaches of every team will be present to check out which player has the perfect combination of skills that will be a great fit for their team.
This year’s class is filled with great quarterbacks like C. J. Stroud, Bryce Young, Stetson Bennett, and Anthony Richardson to name a few. There are a lot of teams who will be on the lookout for these guys during the combine and are in need of a franchise guy that can lead them for a long time and make them a Super Bowl contender.
Matt LaFleur and his coaching staff will work on scheme projects rather than attend the combine
Green Bay Packers had a disappointing season as they finished the 2022 campaign with an 8-9 record and were unable to reach the playoffs. 4x NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers wasn’t his usual self this year and didn’t rise up to the occasion like he used to do in the past. The Packers also lacked in the wide receiver section as Davante Adams left the team to join the Las Vegas Raiders.
As reported by Rob Demovsky, Packers head coach Matt LaFleur and his coaching staff will skip the NFL combine in Indy. General manager Brian Gutekunst and the personnel department will be in attendance and scope out potential stars for the team. LaFleur and his team feel that their time is better spent working on different schemes for the offense and defense for the upcoming season.
Which player the franchise drafts is anyways a decision of GM Gutekunst. Matt LaFleur already has the work cut out for him since Green Bay isn’t sure whether Rodgers is coming back or not. So, they’ll have to create contingencies in case the 39-year-old decides to play for another team in 2023. The Packers have the 15th overall pick in the draft and many experts are of the opinion that the team will pick Ohio State wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba since they are short on playmakers at that position.
The next few weeks are going to be interesting for Green Bay’s camp. Let’s see whether Aaron Rodgers comes back for a 19th season with the Packers or not!
Yash Karandekar is an NFL author at FirstSportz. He fell in love with the sport since his early days and has been an ardent follower ever since. He is a proud Buffalo Bills fan when he isn't busy being totally amazed by everything Tom Brady does. A final year undergraduate student of Mechanical Engineering, he is eagerly waiting for Brady to claim his 8th Super Bowl and further cement his legacy. Yash loves watching reruns of previous Super Bowls in addition to watching thriller movies and series and is a total history nerd.
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