With the Packers’ victory in Super Bowl XLV looking smaller and smaller in the rearview mirror, and with no end in sight to the lockout, most fans are focusing their attention on the upcoming NFL draft.
But I can’t help but think about next season (assuming we have one).
On paper, the Packers look primed to repeat. Their roster is loaded with talent at every position, and Ted Thompson will once again have his crystal ball out to find hidden talent in the draft.
The NFL is a tough business, however, and teams have short memories. With so many injuries last season, a lot of new players got a chance to step up and play. That creates an interesting plot line heading into next season.
Players returning from injury will carry with them a chip on their shoulder, hungry to reassert themselves. The guys who stepped in for them last season are out to show that they are still worthy of a spot on the field.
All of them have something to prove.
Here are the five Packers with the most to prove next season.