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5 Unheralded Stars Most Important to the Green Bay Packers Success
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The 2012 Green Bay Packers will go into the upcoming season with a lot of talent on their roster. There are still 35 players on the squad who were on the 2010 team that ended up winning Super Bowl XLV. There are 50 members still on the team that went 15-1 in 2011.

Two players are still available if the Packers want them back as unrestricted free agents. They would be RB Ryan Grant and DL Howard Green. At this point, it appears that neither player will get an opportunity with the Packers in 2012.

You also added a dynamic draft class in 2012, which included OLB Nick Perry, DE Jerel Worthy and CB Casey Hayward among others. Plus, Ted Thompson has dipped his toes into free agency in 2012, and his haul has brought the team C Jeff Saturday, DL Daniel Muir, DL Anthony Hargrove and DL Phillip Merling.

The 2012 team will have six players in the NFL's Top 100 Players in 2012, which is determined by the players in the league. So far, the Packers have seen John Kuhn (No. 92), Jordy Nelson (No. 80), Greg Jennings (No. 56) and Charles Woodson (No. 36) named so far.

It's expected that OLB Clay Matthews will be named to the Top 100 soon, and Aaron Rodgers is the favorite to be named the top player in the entire NFL.

Bottom line, the Packers have buckets of talent and have added even more talent via the draft and free agency. But the key for a successful 2012 season is for unheralded players to have big years and to make big plays when called upon.

Based on that, I'm listing five players whom the Packers will need to be productive and successful in 2012, to help the team reach the ultimate goal...winning Super Bowl XLVII.

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