Dean from Leavenworth, IN
Like most, if not all, Packers fans, I’ve experienced great concern over the Packers receivers or lack of over the past two weeks. Now I’m thinking regardless of whom he’s throwing the ball to, Aaron Rodgers is going to pass for 4,000-plus yards, 40-plus TDs and have a passer rating of 100 plus. We need to trust Gute, trust LaFleur, and trust Rodgers. Trust the process to find the pieces and find the way. Now I just need to take my own advice. GPG in 22.
The message both Gutekunst and Matt LaFleur drove home this week is that roster-building is a year-round process and the 2022 roster is far from complete. It’s important to remember, especially for fans, that the offseason is a very long road and there are opportunities for improvement on every stretch of this highway.
Corey from Albuquerque, NM
The II GM has decided to spend one of their high-draft choices on a WR1. What characteristics do you look for, and why?
Speed, size, reliable hands, elite production at the college level…and did I mention speed? Speed, too.
Clint from Port Washington, WI
Hi Wes! With the departure of so many receivers that AR trusts, do you think there will be a big impact on his stats? Will he take more sacks because he’s holding the ball longer? Completion percentage goes down because he’s throwing the ball away more? Interception total goes up because the receivers aren’t where he expects them to be/more tipped balls? I’m afraid we aren’t going to see him happy and Zen-like this year.
The Packers lost Adams, but still have several talented skill-position players. Now, it’s just a matter of figuring out how to divide out Adams’ 123 catches for 1,523 yards. LaFleur’s system of offense is QB-friendly and has aided Rodgers in getting the ball out faster the past two years, so that’s not a huge concern for me. While I could see the receiving numbers going down among the natural wideouts, I think both Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon could be in for huge years as pass-catchers.
The Packers can’t replace Adams, but they can still be efficient and productive on offense without him. This coaching staff has shown it can adapt to put players in positions to succeed. I also think the talking heads don’t give Allen Lazard enough credit. He’s made some clutch plays and ’12’ fully trusts him. This might be the year he fully breaks out.
If Lazard is healthy, he’ll be an every-down player in 2022. He can play inside or outside in LaFleur’s scheme. His blocking prowess could be even more beneficial this year with Aaron Jones and Dillon powering the offense. I think Lazard and Robert Tonyan are going to play a pivotal role in the offense this year.
With all respect to Steve, there’s no way a team with a Hall of Fame QB playing at an MVP-level is going to have defense as its identity. But I would argue that defense has still been this team’s best trait for several years now, especially in the postseason. With that in mind, do you expect this draft to tend more toward offense or defense? For me, free agents are for patching holes, and you draft to your strengths because that’s where you can most afford to invest in young players’ development.
My 1½-cent prediction: After years of favoring the defense in the draft, the Packers go the offensive route and build around Rodgers for a final push.