SnoTapWI Top Five: Packers’ Hype Trains To Support
What is a hype train you might ask? Well, let me tell you, friend. It is when you think a player is going to have a great year and you’re jumping on his hype train. I also like using the term ‘island.’ A while back I noted that I’ve put myself on Jace Sternberger Island. It is too hard and complicated to explain that in a blog headline, therefore, hype trains are the way to do it. Sometimes, hype trains can get us into trouble. That mostly happens in training camp and preseason. We hear about a guy’s potential and get all excited then he fizzles out in some form or not ready yet. Here are my five hype trains to get behind for next season.
Tipa Galeai – This might be a pandering move for Aaron Nagler, but alas, he is right that Galeai has some real potential. Packers brought Galeai in as an undrafted free agent. He is an EDGE rusher who knows how to get to the quarterback. Galeai might not have an immediate impact this season, but he has the skillset to make some serious noise in training camp and preseason.
Curtis Bolton – Remember him? Curtis Bolton had a hype train around him last summer at the middle linebacker position. Bolton ended up getting hurt and missing the entire year with an ACL tear. He will be competing with Oren Burks for the middle linebacker position. Bolton showed some real flashes last season. Let’s hope the ACL injury doesn’t limit his ability on the football field.
Kingsley Keke – The article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel inspired this top five list. There is a lot of positive buzz around Keke for next season. He can be a beast as an interior lineman. Green Bay did add a few veterans to the mix, but part of me wonders if Mike Pettine thought his linemen were too gassed last season. Keke could make a big jump next year, and if he does, Packers are deadly inside with him and Kenny Clark.
Raven Greene – Some Packers players are already saying Greene could have a monster year. He is the player that was missing from the Packers defense for much of last season. Greene suffered an ankle injury that kept him out for the majority of the season. Greene impacts the entire defense, and with Mike Pettine’s style, he can be a real asset next season.
Jace Sternberger – As mentioned, I’m all in on a big Sternberger year. Many others will likely join that call. Aaron Rodgers has not had a tight end with this kind of athleticism since Jermichael Finley. Matt LaFleur seems to want to use him in the slot next season a little bit more as well. Green Bay did add a tight end in Josiah Degurara but I believe that was to alleviate Sternberger from his H-Back responsibilities. He is going to ball out.