Change we can believe in
The Packers annually make fewer changes than any other team. Of the players in their regular rotation, only veterans Julius Peppers, Letroy Guion and John Kuhn originally came from outside the organization. One difference this season is an increased role for younger skill-position players such as rookie wideout Ty Montgomery and a trio of 2014 draft picks in Davante Adams, Jeff Janis and Richard Rodgers.
This unit is riddled with question marks. The best edge rusher is moving inside on early downs. Recent early-round picks such as Datone Jones, Nick Perry and Jerel Worthy have been either busts or disappointments, leaving holes in the front seven. The back end has issues of its own with Micah Hyde nursing a neck injury and presumptive starting cornerback Casey Haywardbeing pushed by a trio of rookies.
Training camp surprise
With a healthy Nelson, coach Mike McCarthy believed his offense boasted the potential to become the greatest in NFL history. Without benefit of Rodgers' go-to receiver, the ceiling is considerably lower.
What we'll be saying in February
Rodgers' magnificence is enough to lead the Packers to another division title, but they don't have the firepower to keep up with the Seahawks. Nelson's injury magnifies the collapse in the 2014 NFC Championship Game. NFL teams must capitalize when the opportunity presents itself because there's no guarantee that the roster will be at full strength in the future.