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How Worried Should we be About the Green Bay Packers Receivers? | #GoPackGo


After losing Davante Adams to the Las Vegas Raiders, the Green Bay Packer's receiving room isn't looking very good, but how worried should we be? Suppose Packer's rookies Christian Watson and Romeo Doubs can't produce right away; that leaves Green Bay with a pretty underwhelming veteran group of Sammy Watkins, Amari Rodgers, Allen Lazard, Randall Cobb, and Juwann Winfree.

How Worried Should we be About the Packers Veteran Receivers?


Let's do a blind test to see where the Packer's top receivers stack up against the other top guys in the league by looking at their 2021 stats.


Receiver A: 145 Receptions / 1947 Yards / 16 Touchdowns


Receiver B: 123 Receptions / 1553 yards / 11 Touchdowns


Receiver C: 107 Receptions / 1385 Yards / 14 Touchdowns


Receiver D: 81 Receptions / 1455 Yards / 13 Touchdowns



Receiver A had insane production and tops out all three categories; that's your 2021-22 triple-crown winner and Super Bowl MVP Cooper Kupp. I don't expect any Packers receivers to match that production. Receiver B is our dearly departed Davante Adams, again, it would be hard to expect any one receiver to replace that kind of performance; Tae is one of the league's premier pass-catchers.


Receiver D is Ja'Marr Chase, who I only highlighted because I wanted to show people how ridiculous it is to have 1455 receiving yards on just 81 receptions. What a fucking beast. Cheeseheads will be praying Christian Watson can replicate half that as a rookie. It's weird living in a world where we're jealous of the Cincinnati Bengals about anything.



So, which Packers receiver is receiver C? All five of them! Receiver C is the total production of Cobb, Lazard, Amari, Watkins, and Winfree combined. Not great, Bob. The Green Bay Packers veteran receiving core is put together like the subprime mortgage bonds that toppled the U.S. economy. Not a single one of those guys is reliable.


I watched Sammy Watkin's highlights from last season, and the only players he burnt were the Raider's safeties. Everybody in the league burned the Raider's safeties. Only Cobb and Lazard topped the league average in Pro Football Reference Catch%, and with teams no longer doubling Adams, I doubt Lazard will be able to replicate his eight touchdowns from 2021.


Are The Packers Doomed?


No, they're not, they might have to become a power-run team, but they're not doomed (just kidding, kind of). Unlike McCarthy's offense which required receivers to beat their guy one-on-one, LaFleur's system will scheme guys open. The advantage to this is you don't need physically dominant receivers. Think about it like the Shanahan zone-blocking scheme that led to the current demise of the running back. If everyone does their job, somebody will come open.


The disadvantage is that you need intelligent receivers. Aaron Rodgers already has trust issues with rookie pass-catchers, and LaFleur's system isn't easy to learn. Just look to the complete lack of production from Amari Rodgers in year one; four receptions on eight targets doesn't inspire a lot of confidence. On the bright side, the offseason chatter surrounding Rodgers is optimistic heading into the 2022 season.



What to Expect from the Green Bay's Offense this Season?


While I ultimately trust Gutekunst and the Packers front office, expect some growing pains. This will be a team that still wins a lot of games, but they're going to be doing it with defense and relying on Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon quite a bit early.


They still have one of the best offensive lines in the league, so Aaron Rodgers will have time, if nothing else. Defense is always at a disadvantage the more time a quarterback has, no matter which receivers he's throwing to. This was Bill Belichick's strategy for years, although Julian Edelman was better than anyone the Packers are currently rolling out.


It will be interesting to see what kind of offense the Packers go with through the beginning of their schedule. Everybody will be tracking the development of Christian Watson, Amari Rodgers, and Romeo Doubs as the Packers navigate new territory without Davante Adams.