Outside of Davante Adams, the wide receiver unit for the Green Bay Packers has been quite underwhelming this season.
In order to go from missing the playoffs two straight seasons to now being 8-2 and one of the best teams in football, it took GM Brian Gutekunst revamping this Green Bay Packers roster at a few key positions, among other things. This past offseason, between free agency and the draft Gutekunst added Za’Darius Smith, Preston Smith and Rashan Gary at Edge, Adrian Amos and Darnell Savage at safety, along with Elgton Jenkins and Billy Tuner on the offensive line.
However, one position that many fans thought the Packers would address but didn’t, was the wide receiver. Instead, Green Bay decided to roll with Davante Adams and their young core, but the results this season from the receivers not named Adams have been quite underwhelming.
To their credit they did have a fantastic game against Oakland where they totaled 262 yards on 11 receptions with two touchdowns, but we also have to keep in mind that the Raiders have one of the worst pass defenses in the NFL.
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Over that stretch of games those receivers have caught just 34 of 65 passes, or 52.3 percent, for 447 yards and only one touchdown. And Lazard has accounted for 44 percent of the receptions and 40 percent of the yards on his own. In fact, during Adams’ absence, running back Aaron Jones was Aaron Rodgers top receiving target.
With that said, as we’ve seen this season the production from the receiving core isn’t nearly as important as it was under Mike McCarthy for this offense to be successful given that Matt LaFleur relies more on running backs and tight ends in the passing game as well as running the ball. However, we’d still like to see more than what we have from the receiver position this season. The last three games in particular, they’ve been a non-factor.
Yet despite the inconsistencies at wide receiver, the Green Bay Packers are still sitting pretty as the current second seed in the NFC playoff picture and they are alone at the top of the NFC North.
As this roster is currently constructed, could they win the Super Bowl? Absolutely, but whether it be in one of their remaining regular season games or in the playoffs, if the Packers fall behind and need to rely on the passing game, this receiving core could be the reason that they lose.