As the Green Bay Packers look towards the 2021 season, they aim to continue to be one of the NFL’s top Super Bowl contenders. For that to happen, the Packers will need bounce back seasons from certain players.
Many of these players missed significant time due to injuries. Others simply had off years in 2020 and need to improve their play and for some it’s a combination of both.
Here is a look at five players who the Packers are looking for bounce back seasons from in 2021:
OT David Bakhtiari
In Bakhtiari’s case, the issue is returning from injury. The Packers starting left tackle played very well in 2020, earning All Pro and Pro Bowl honors.
Unfortunately, Bakhtiari suffered a torn ACL late in the season and missed the season finale and both Packers playoff games. The Pack clearly missed Bakhtiari in the NFC Championship when the Buccaneers pressured Aaron Rodgers regularly.
If center Corey Linsley also departs in free agency, the return to form of Bakhtiari will be even more important for the Packers.
The offensive line is the key to keeping Rodgers protected and for the running game to flourish and Bakhtiari is the anchor of the Green Bay offensive line.
WR Devin Funchess
Funchess was signed as a free agent last year by the Packers but didn’t play at all in 2020 after opting out of the season due to the deadly Covid-19 pandemic.
In 2019, Funchess only played one game for the Colts before suffering a season-ending collarbone injury so he has only played one game in the last two seasons.