The Green Bay Packers took one right on the chin in their season-opening blowout loss to the New Orleans Saints. The good news is they have plenty of time to recover and it would be extremely helpful if these three players contributed more on the football field.
It’s not like there’s much good to take from either side of the ball in their 38-3 loss. Green Bay was methodically picked apart throughout the entire game and never really stood a chance. They need clear improvements on offense, defense, special teams and from their coaches.
That leaves plenty of areas to target in this column, so let’s just start with three specific players (or more!) who need to step their game up for the rest of the season.
The Green Bay Packers need much, much more from these three players moving forward for the rest of the 2021 NFL season.
Players Packers need more from: Tertiary offensive weapons
The Saints game-planned to take away Green Bay’s top stars such as Davante Adams and Aaron Jones, leaving the Packers’ other weapons in one-on-one matchups. Unfortunately, they weren’t able to take advantage.
Robert Tonyan (two receptions for eight yards on four targets), Marquez Valdes-Scantling (three receptions for 17 yards on seven targets) and Allen Lazard (two receptions for 16 yards on four targets) all failed to get open in a timely fashion. Of course, it doesn’t help that Aaron Rodgers was awful as well. Still, this trio didn’t do themselves or their team any favors. They are going to continue having one-on-one opportunities throughout the season and must exploit them.