5 Things to be Grateful for from the 2022 Packers

Yes, there really are five of them - more even! 

While the Packers’ disappointing season came to an end against the Detroit Lions, here are 5 things for which we can be grateful from the 2022 Packers.

1. That they played at all. After a global pandemic and the frightening injury to Damar Hamlin, we can be grateful he's okay, that we all are still here after the pandemic "blip," and that we can meet in person and go to games again. We can appreciate the risks players take to play, and the different risks fans take to travel in motor vehicles to games.

Because, you know, these games are fun. Especially when the Packers are beating the Vikings.

2. Jaire Alexander is back. He proved against the Vikings that, when he’s allowed to blanket the game’s best receivers, he is Ja Money. He could use more pash rush help, as the Packers finished 24th in sacks. Either way, long may he blanket.

3. Keisean Nixon is the kick returner. Nixon had a groin injury before the Vikings game, didn’t practice all week, and took his first kickoff to the house. He literally put his junk on the line for Packers Nation. Keisean's humble, he's funny.      He’s also an incredible gunner and a solid slot corner, if they want to use him there, too. He's doing it all while his mom fights cancer. Kei’s a keeper.

4. Clarity at quarterback is coming. It has to, right? Please, for the love of St. Vince, give us QB liberty or give us Prevent Defense to Death. 

5. Christian Freaking Watson is coming back, baby. “He gave us a legitimate home run threat,” coach Matt LaFleur said, adding he can improve on his releases and route refinement. “That gets me quite excited. I think we’re going to see an even better version of him next year.” Year 2 of Christian High Wat-age should create a light box for AJ Dillon and company, and Watson should soar into more end zones. Imagine if the team adds a legit bookend receiving threat this offseason--or if Doubs turns into that in year 2.

Finally, I’m grateful to Cheesehead TV for the opportunity to write about the Packers this year, and to you, dear readers, for checking it out, for commenting, for caring about our beloved team. Go Pack go.

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Chris Hollenback worked for the Packers in 1998-1999, he has written for Packers.com and other media outlets, he's much shorter than Derrick Mayes and Brett Favre nicknamed him Chris "To-hell-en-back." Follow him on twitter at @CHollenback

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Leatherhead's picture

January 10, 2023 at 06:18 pm

Always grateful for the Packers. Even when they were bad. Even when they drafted guys like Rich Campbell, made trades for John Hadl, passed on Joe Montana, etc. I'm an old guy now and they've been a constant in my life for over a half a century, for better or worse.

We were in it right up until the end, despite everything. We surely made more mistakes than we could overcome in the end. Beat the Bears twice, beat the Cowboys, beat the Vikings....our best performance of the season, a glimpse of what should have been. All good stuff.

I like the possibilities of what we can start with next year.

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Packerpasty's picture

January 11, 2023 at 11:11 am

yup me too...and after all its just a release and a sport...an escape from the daily grind...and every spring there is hope!!!

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mvprzy's picture

January 10, 2023 at 06:54 pm

Thanks for writing this article!
Those are all positive developments, Jaire, Watson, Nixon. Love to Watson

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BirdDogUni's picture

January 10, 2023 at 07:28 pm

"After a global pandemic and the frightening injury to Damar Hamlin, we can be grateful he's okay, that we all are still here after the pandemic "blip," and that we can meet in person and go to games again."

Just FYI - We always could meet in person. A tyrannical government saying you can't doesn't make it so. See Texas & Florida.

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Leatherhead's picture

January 10, 2023 at 08:15 pm

""""Just FYI - We always could meet in person. A tyrannical government saying you can't doesn't make it so.""""

Burn.

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BirdDogUni's picture

January 10, 2023 at 10:15 pm

Here's another good one from one hell-of-a-comedian:

"The obedient always think of themselves as virtuous rather than cowardly..."

~ George Carlin ~

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Rarescope's picture

January 11, 2023 at 12:10 pm

George Carlin is hilarious and insightful but I don't remember any pandemic jokes of his.

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Hindsight5050's picture

January 16, 2023 at 11:20 am

Cool. How's your manifesto coming along?

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stockholder's picture

January 10, 2023 at 07:34 pm

#4 - Yes. Favre should come back and coach.
Because something is wrong when you have guys who can't catch the ball.
Run the wrong Routes. And get stuffed at the OL.
And if they bring back Barry. Expect Defense to be taken first.
Thats to save Barrys job. And not for title town.

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WestCoastPackerBacker's picture

January 11, 2023 at 10:31 am

Davante Adams couldn't catch the ball routinely his first and second year. Neither could Jordy Nelson. James Jones had issues with drops. GB didn't get a ready-to-play first round WR in the draft. They got a developmental guy with a very high ceiling. And he got over 600 yards and 7 receiving scores with a QB hampered by a broken thumb. Doubs added 3 scores and over 400 yards. GB had two of the top 7 rookie WRs in the league. But rookies make mistakes. They ain't perfect right out of the gate. Favre is busy with legal proceedings.

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Packerpasty's picture

January 11, 2023 at 11:14 am

stuffed at the o line like Quadzilla does way too many times because he can't recognize a hole and when to hit it?? There are many guys who can do what he does I don't get all the praise he gets...

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Fubared's picture

January 10, 2023 at 09:17 pm

1. Watson is okay but has a lot to prove. He's no Jordy yet. For a guy with his speed he sure is covered a lot.
2. The pass rush is sporatic and goes missing against the good teams. They are slow of foot and usually are too little too late. No dominance because the packers will not draft a defensive end who skill set is pass rushing.
3. Nixon didnt look so good against the Lions. He did look better then Amari but a partial season and a few good run backs doesnt make him a god.
4. Alexander had his way with Jefferson because the Vikes had the wrong cleats and were slipping all over the place. I beleive Jefferson can eat Jairres lunch 9 out of 10 days.
Bottom line this team has little to cheer about. When 5,6,7 rounders make your starting team that says enough.

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BAMABADGER's picture

January 10, 2023 at 10:06 pm

Can't knock 2, and 3. 4 is debatable (we'll know when Barry is gone).

But 1 is flat wrong... It took Jordy (who was an all-time Pack great WR) 4 years to reach Watson's current 7 passing touchdowns... His second season to surpass Watson's receiving yards. And Nelson's rushing TDs for his career - 0. Watson after 12 games 2 rushing TDs. Rodgers was at his peak with Jordy, and at his worse with Watson. At this point in his career Watson is further along than Jordy.

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Tex49's picture

January 11, 2023 at 12:28 am

Jordy was behind Jennings, Driver and you could argue Jones until after the Super Bowl 45. His opportunities were much harder to come by until that point. That being said Watson has way higher ceiling and he had a great start.

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Wilment's picture

January 10, 2023 at 11:46 pm

Jordy didnt come in to hs own right away. Devonte in year two had the dropsies, fans called for him to be traded away Watson all be fine with a veteran presence. Lazard is a must keep if it comes down to him or Cobb Lazard does the dirty work and more The pass rush wasnt bad until they lost Gary, but even with him they are thin at the position, tight end too. Nixon was pretty banged up the last two games. Hes legit as a returner As for Jefferson? Alexander did a good job on him, and the pass rush generated helped as for late rounders making the squad, remember Driver was a seventh rounder A cat named bart Starr was selected in the 17th round, Runyan, Jones, Scantling Linsley, and Hyde were all late rounders

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BirdDogUni's picture

January 10, 2023 at 10:01 pm

I'm grateful the 2022 season is over! (As far as I'm concerned it is.)

Unfortunately, it sounds as if MaLF is sticking with Barry, which if true is probably one of his many terrible decisions which will end his HC career for good.

I suppose it's possible Gutey drafts an OLBer who is a stud, finds a Safety, WR, TE, C, and another OT or OG in the upcoming draft.

I suppose it's possible Gutey grows a backbone, trades AR12, and installs his 1st round QB like TT did AR.

I suppose it's even possible that Barry finds a way to improve this defense enough to make it passably decent.

It may even be possible that MaLF starts devising a playbook that is next level and Love can execute it to a "T."

But I'm not betting on any of it.

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PackyCheese500's picture

January 11, 2023 at 12:21 pm

Here is what I would like the Packers to do:

Take Michael Mayer in the first round. We need another pass-catcher, and Mayer gives us a presence at TE.
In the second round, take a Safety or an OLB. We need replacements for Amos and Preston, who will both probably be gone next year
In the 3rd round, take a WR. We need to give Jordan Love a good arsenal of weapons for the future.
In the 4th round, address either Safety or OLB, whichever we didn't take.

I don't know why everyone is thinking of the OL as a MAJOR need. I agree that a team needs to be strong in the trenches, but this is only Myers' second year. I would wait at least another year before drafting a Center. Runyan has been underrated at Guard, and he is solid. Give Tom another year to bulk up, and give Nijman another year to get used to playing RT. Safety, TE, WR, and OLB are bigger needs, because at our current rate, we won't even have enough players at those positions to have a roster

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Since'61's picture

January 10, 2023 at 10:07 pm

Good article Chris.

Grateful:
1. That during my 61 seasons as a Packers fan there have been many, many, many more good/great/historic games and moments than bad.
2. 31 seasons of having a chance in every game/season thanks to the QB play of Favre and Rodgers. A truly unbelievable run in all of professional sports.
3. For having the opportunity to be part of the CHTV blog with Jersey AL, Nags, all our contributors past and present, and of course all of my fellow bloggers (again past and present) who make it a pleasure and an excellent on going learning experience for me nearly everyday. I appreciate everyone of you and the time that each of you take to post your comments. It has been, is now and will continue to be great discussing Packer football with all of you whether or not we agree on particular issues. I look forward to it everyday.

For these reasons and more I say, Thanks, Since '61

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A New Era's picture

January 10, 2023 at 10:25 pm

As a fellow fan since 1961, I echo your comments. The good by FAR outweighs the bad for the green and gold!

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Since'61's picture

January 11, 2023 at 10:28 am

Absolutely. Thanks, Since '61

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SinceLombardi's picture

January 11, 2023 at 08:00 am

Cheesehead TV is certainly becoming a force. As for 23.. he played 10 yards off the receiver and gave up the game ending first down. Inexcusable.
As for Watson, I want to see more.. he is equal parts home run threat and an injury prone WR with questionable hands until he proves different.
At best will he produce with Love at QB?
Factually, we are now battling the Beats for the NFC North cellar. Our front office and coaching staff seems to be in denial or at least they fail to recognize the last few years we’re largely due to Rodgers playing at an MVP level.
I have zero confidence in Murphy, Gutekunst and MLF.

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Packerpasty's picture

January 11, 2023 at 11:17 am

A force? Its a fun website for discussion from all us experts but I bet not one person up in the headquarter at Lambeau have ever read one word of it...

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WestCoastPackerBacker's picture

January 11, 2023 at 10:41 am

I'm grateful for that string of games when Watson started to shine. That was really fun to watch. I'm thankful for being able to watch Aaron Jones run around people, AJ Dillon run through people, and Lazard and Cobb pick up timely first downs again and again on third down. I'm thankful for the turnaround on ST and enjoyed watching Nixon. I'm thankful the coach and the team did not give up and was in it until the end of the regular season. If you're only concerned about what wrong with the team, you'll miss a lot of great things.

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Rarescope's picture

January 11, 2023 at 12:27 pm

I'll second that. After last year's playoff loss I learned that I needed to get a little more detached from the outcomes of the games. I told my Dad who I watch most games with that he should do the same thing - enjoy the good plays when they happen and don't worry about the outcome. We both watched the Lions game and there was no swearing or leaving the room when things didn't go our way - nice to see the old man is still teachable :D

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Rarescope's picture

January 11, 2023 at 12:17 pm

Ohhhhh boy. I was looking forward to reading this article but when #1 is "that they played" I dreaded what was to come next and sure enough, #2 is that Jaire was back in form against the Vikings (failing to mention that he played at least 5 yards beyond the line of scrimmage in pretty much every other play of the year yielding up multiple first downs in short yardage situations). My list would have been:

1. Season started (after the first loss) and ended with some hope of pulling things together.
2. Stomping all over the Vikings (granted this was mentioned but wasn't the point).
3. Stomping all over the Cowboys and MM.
4. Watson getting three touchdowns in one game.
5. Douglas sealing the Miami game with an interception on Christmas day while yours truly and his Dad were both wearing his jersey.

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