Tyler Lancaster has been a pleasant surprise for the Packers, much like Dean Lowery, also out of Northwestern. Tyler Lancaster staying on a path of improvement Mike Spofford PACKERS.COM SENIOR WRITER

GREEN BAY – It would be difficult to find a player who improved from the day he walked into Lambeau Field to the end of his rookie season as much as Tyler Lancaster.

The undrafted defensive lineman from Northwestern went rather unnoticed through his first NFL training camp, landed on the practice squad, worked his way onto the active roster, and was averaging a half dozen tackles per game by year’s end.

So the question now becomes … can Lancaster continue to progress at such an accelerated rate in his second season?

That won’t be easy, and Lancaster is one to take nothing for granted. The burly 6-foot-3, 313-pounder used the offseason to refine his reads, work on his foot quickness, and develop consistency to his game.

He feels like a different player in Year 2, but just feeling like one won’t be enough, especially on a unit with veterans like Kenny Clark, Mike Daniels and Dean Lowry ahead of him, plus Fadol Brown, Montravius Adams and 2018 draft pick James Looney all back for more as well.

He needs to show it as well as feel it, come training camp and the preseason.