Rashan Gary: Addition of Jarran Reed going to make our defense scary

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The Packers made a couple of notable additions to their defensive line this offseason by drafting Devonte Wyatt in the first round and signing former Chief Jarran Reed as a free agent.

Wyatt’s draft position suggests the team sees him as part of their long-term future, but Reed could wind up playing a bigger role in the near term. Head coach Matt LaFleur said that the veteran “definitely brings an element in terms of his ability to rush the passer from inside” alongside the likes of Kenny Clark, Preston Smith, and Rashan Gary.

Gary had a particularly strong response to what he sees Reed bringing to the table this season.

“When I saw we signed Jarran Reed, it was a big smile on my face,” Gary said, via Jason Wilde of Madison.com. “Just knowing our abilities and knowing our capabilities as a unit. There were flashes going through mandatory minicamp and some of the OTAs that we had a chance to rush together. It’s going to be scary.”

Reed has 24.5 sacks over six NFL seasons, including a 10.5-sack season with the Seahawks in 2018. He may not repeat that total this year, but teams will have to account for him up front and Gary’s comments suggest that could lead to a lot of success across the board once the Packers hit the field this fall.

15 responses to “Rashan Gary: Addition of Jarran Reed going to make our defense scary

  1. The question with Reed is whether he will approach the player he was with Seattle. He had a down year with Kansas City last year and received a player rating of 46.7 from PFF. Has time passed him by???

  2. ariani1985 says:

    More importantly will Gary finally shred the bust label this year?

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    I’m guessing you chose not to watch football last year due to the pandemic?

  3. ariani1985 says:
    More importantly will Gary finally shred the bust label this year? 🤔

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    He already did last year. He’s not JJ Watt (at least not yet in his career), but he’s definitely a major defensive contributor.

  4. “More importantly will Gary finally shred the bust label this year? ”
    ——
    He did last season. Go check his numbers. He was a stud all year long.

  5. The scary part of the Pack D, in my humble opinion, is the secondary. The front 7 is good, but other than Clark, not exactly scary.

  6. Reed is an average journeyman. Gary thinks Reed is good because Gary is average too.

  7. GB’s defense was 22nd in DVOA last year. Ironically, this is considerably worse than the defense that got Mike Pettine fired.

    The defense was 7th in turnovers per drive last year. That number will almost certainly regress.

    The Pack D was 28th against the run last year. I see no specific reason to think this will improve as I’m not terribly high on the Wyatt pick, but they were so bad last year that it’s likely that rush defense will be at least a slight area of improvement. And on the off chance that Wyatt develops quickly and can take advantage of having Clark next to him, there could be meaningful improvement against the run.

    TE’s absolutely destroyed them last year. They’ll need to find a way to fix this while still maintaining their rather strong performance against WR’s last year.

    Getting Alexander back is obviously a good thing and will help. But if there’s improvement for the Pack D this year, the most likely cause will be the fact that they play a marshmallow schedule this year. They play against a few decent/good QB’s, but most of the schedule is trash.

    There’s a chance that the defense could get moderately better. But scary? Definitely not.

  8. finchy74 says:
    GB’s defense was 22nd in DVOA last year. Ironically, this is considerably worse than the defense that got Mike Pettine fired.

    The defense was 7th in turnovers per drive last year. That number will almost certainly regress.

    The Pack D was 28th against the run last year.
    Yes—they also played the great majority of their season without a top 2-3 shutdown corner, and no Zadarius Smith, but the way Gary played Smith was hardly missed. If either Devonte Wyatt OR Quay Walker hit, this defense will be better, mostly due to a hopefully healthy season of Jaire Alexander. If both Walker and Wyatt contribute and take some of the load off Kenny Clark, they will be scary. Actually, it’s the first time in a long time that hope and expectations are higher for the defense than the offense….so some pressure on Gary who’s playing for a contract, and D-coordinator Joe Barry to maximize the talent. Packer fans should remember, the ’96 and 2010 teams that won the SuperBowl had the number 1 and number 4 rated defenses,….so as much as everyone obsesses about Rodgers and the offense, defense wins championships.

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