Packers know they don’t have a No. 1 receiver; here why they ‘don’t think it matters’

Last season’s Green Bay Packers had one of the most unusual wide receiver rooms in recent NFL history. Every receiver in their regular rotation entered the league in either 2022 or 2023, meaning they were all first- or second-year players. 

Christian Watson, the team’s second-round pick in 2022, was the old man of the group at a mere 24 years old. He came into the season expected to operate as the team’s likely top target, but injuries caused him to miss games and limited him in a number of others, and the Packers evolved their offense into a much more egalitarian one. They didn’t really have a go-to wideout. 

Romeo Doubs (96) had the most targets, while Jayden Reed led the group in catches (64) and yards (793). Those figures ranked 38th (targets), 35th (catches) and 35th (yards) among receivers leaguewide. Doubs’ 17.1% team target share, via Tru Media, ranked 40th, while Reed’s 24.4% targets per route rate ranked 23rd. 

Still not getting the picture? Consider that there were 204 instances last season of a wide receiver being targeted on at least 30% of his team’s pass attempts, and just two of those games belonged to a Packers receiver. To put that in perspective, a Packers opponent targeted one specific wide receiver on at least 30% of their throws in Weeks 11, 13, 14, 15, 17, and 18. That’s six times in eight weeks! That’s how different the Packers’ ball-distribution philosophy was from that of the rest of the league. 

Green Bay is now entering the 2024 season with largely the same group on hand. Watson is back, as are Doubs and Reed, along with Dontayvion Wicks, Bo Melton, Malik Heath and Samori Toure. Again, there is not necessarily a “No. 1” type of receiver among that group. But the Packers don’t care.  

“I personally don’t think it matters,” head coach Matt LaFleur said, via The Athletic. “I think if you just look at throughout the course of a season ago — and every…


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