How Will Packers GM Brian Gutekunst Fill the Void at Wide Receiver?

The Green Bay Packers have a big void to fill at wide receiver after the trade of Davante Adams to the Raiders.

As of right now, the top three receivers on the Packers depth chart are likely Allen Lazard, Randall Cobb and Amari Rodgers and Lazard is currently a restricted free agent who has yet to re-sign with the team.

This leaves a gaping hole at the position. Lazard is ideally suited to be a WR3, Cobb is at this stage in his career, a WR4 and Amari Rodgers has yet to establish himself as a reliable player in the NFL, having played only 103 snaps on offense all season and caught just four passes as a rookie.

We know GM Brian Gutekunst will address the wide receiver position before training camp opens whether it’s via trade, free agency or the draft or most likely a combination of two or more of those options.

Here are some things we can project as likely based on the Packers situation and past performance.

Clearly, the Packers need a number one receiver. Last season, many analysts said the Packers lacked a reliable number two receiver behind Adams. Both Lazard and Marquez Valdes-Scantling, who remains a free agent, are ideally suited to be a team’s third option. Not only do the Packers need a true number one receiver, but they also need one who can step in and fill that role now.

Few rookie receivers make a large impact in their first season. While this is changing and players like Justin Jefferson and Ja’Marr Chase have had very productive rookie campaigns, it is more typical that rookie receivers struggle in their first season in the league. A rookie will also face the challenge of gaining the trust of quarterback Aaron Rodgers which is not an easy thing to do.

This means that Gutekunst is likely to acquire, either through a trade or free agency, a player who can at least fill the number one receiver role for a season or two until any rookie the Packers draft is ready to become a legitimate WR1.

Of course, the biggest issue Gutekunst faces if he tries to acquire a free agent or a receiver via trade is the salary cap. The Packers can still free up some more cap space by signing Jaire Alexander to an extension, for example, and they have enough draft picks to offer another team enough in a trade, but the front office and Russ Ball will likely have to get creative to thread the needle and make this option happen.

There have been rumors regarding several experienced receivers including DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett of the Seahawks, Jarvis Landry, Brandon Cooks and Will Fuller. Some of these players fill the need for a legitimate number one receiver better than others, but all have been mentioned as possibilities.

As far as the draft goes, the Packers presently have two picks in both the first round and second round this season. We know that this year’s draft is deep at wide receiver. There are several top prospects who the Packers may be interested in selecting and it is almost certain that the Packers will add at least one and likely multiple receivers over the course of this year’s draft.

One thing we know about Gutekunst is that when he identifies an area he feels needs to be addressed, he has not hesitated to spend multiple draft picks and add players in other ways all during the same offseason.

In 2019, for example, the Packers needed edge rushers. Gutekunst signed Za’Darius Smith and Preston Smith as free agents and drafted Rashan Gary with the team’s first pick in the draft which was the 12th overall selection.

In 2018, the Packers needed to address the cornerback position. In the first round, Gute selected Jaire Alexander and in the second round, he added Josh Jackson.

Sometimes, Gutekunst addresses areas later in the draft using multiple picks. In 2020, the Packers drafted three players on day three of the draft to bolster their interior offensive line, selecting Jon Runyan, Jake Hanson and Simon Stepaniak. In 2018, receivers J’Mon Moore, Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Equanimeous St. Brown were all drafted on day three to improve that position.

Obviously, there is no guarantee that any draft pick works out as projected, but by using several picks in one draft to strengthen a position, you increase the chances on hitting on at least one of those players and improving the area of weakness.

Look for a similar approach this season by Gutekunst. The Packers will likely trade for a receiver or sign one in free agency to temporarily give them an experienced WR1. They may bring back Valdes-Scantling if they don’t have to pay too much to be their WR2 or WR3 and then expect Gutekunst to use multiple draft choices including at least one pick in the first round on a wide receiver.

None of this is a guarantee that this will work. Adams will be difficult to replace as will the trust and chemistry he had with Aaron Rodgers. But based on past models, the depth in the draft at the position, the Packers current cap situation and the available players out there, we can project how Gutekunst will likely address this glaring need this offseason.

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egbertsouse's picture

March 24, 2022 at 12:15 pm

I have no trust that Gute will do anything. After looking at what KC got for Hill my first thought is “ five picks, man, did Gute get hosed.

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Ya_tittle's picture

March 24, 2022 at 12:26 pm

Based on VALUE of the draft picks, it was almost identical.

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BirdDogUni's picture

March 24, 2022 at 12:43 pm

I know you troll almost every article with hot takes. This statement proves you know very little about the NFL in general and the Packers specifically.

You do provide some comic relief, but overall your contribution to the conversations are just sad.

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Fubared's picture

March 24, 2022 at 05:41 pm

Ya but lets be real, Tyrek was way more of a player then Adams.

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packer132's picture

March 24, 2022 at 08:02 pm

Gute made a great move getting a 1st and 2nd for a player who said he wouldn't play for Green Bay. Chiefs two 1st rounds (#29 & #30) are below Packers (#22 and #28). You think KC's 6th rd pick next year makes the team? How about the 4th this year and next? Oh, and Packers got $20 million from Adams trade to re-sign Campbell, Douglas, Tonyan, and get DL Reed. I guess Gute did the hosing!

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Leatherhead's picture

March 24, 2022 at 12:18 pm

I would assume Gutekunst will use an approach similar to when he replaced Jordy. At one WR position, he had Adams. At the other, he had some vets like Cobb and Allison. So he drafted 3 WRs on Day 3, brought in few UDFAs , and basically kept a player opposite of Adams. Lazard and MSV emerged.

Now, we'll have Lazard/Cobb/Amari to be our #2/3 receivers. We're looking to line up a dependable player at the other spot.

If the Packers use the picks they got in the trade to take WRs, doesn't it really upgrade the entire WR unit? I mean, theoretically you could get Jameson Williams AND Alec Pierce. You'd have a great chance that at least one of them would be able to line up and help you. If they both developed over the next couple of seasons, that's a win.

Remember, most of the offense goes through the RB spot. We also might see more activity from the TE spot. Even on 70% of the passing plays, the ball goes somewhere other than our #1 WR. If we can split that between two guys it's only a couple of targets per game each.

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Packerpasty's picture

March 24, 2022 at 12:25 pm

those three you mentioned inspire zero confidence with me...our WR corp was considered mediocre with Adams without him its downright laughable...and the TE position is also poor, who knows how Tonyan will come back from serious injury...hopefully Gute has some ideas...cant count on the draft, look how much they built up Amari when drafted, he's just about a bust...

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BirdDogUni's picture

March 24, 2022 at 01:04 pm

Amari Rodgers didn't look good last year, I admit. Doesn't mean he won't develop into a viable 3rd WR.

TE - Lewis, Tonyan, Deguara, Davis, Kaufusi, and draft pick.

WR - Draft pick, draft pick, Lazard, AMROD, Cobb, draft pick.

I fully expect Gutey to draft at least two WRs fairly high and possibly a 3rd in the 7th round.

We don't even have to draft a WR in the first round to be alright. Two WRs in the 2nd round if they're the right ones will do the trick. If Gutey were to draft a WR in the 1st round this year, I expect him to come right back and draft another one in the 2nd round.

It all depends on who else is available when we're on the clock, and who Gutey covets more.

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Packers1985's picture

March 24, 2022 at 01:26 pm

Yes Gutey might draft atleast 2 wr's in the first 2 rounds but we definitely need to sign atleast vet at wr2. Otherwise it'll be added pressure on our draft picks to perform well in the very first year.

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BirdDogUni's picture

March 24, 2022 at 11:46 pm

Depends on the WRs he drafts. He may not add a veteran WR until August, because he wants the rookies to get all the reps. Especially if that vet were a really old guy like Desean Jackson or Julio...

He may know a guy is coming available post June 1st so he's not worried? IDK. Maybe Metcalf or Lockett? IDK, but until he actually makes a move, it may be rookie WRs or bust.

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Coldworld's picture

March 24, 2022 at 02:29 pm

I actually think Winfree might get in above Amari. He’s the one former backup that has some potential to play multiple roles.

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Leatherhead's picture

March 24, 2022 at 02:08 pm

They may inspire little confidence with you, but these guys have caught hundreds of passes, in games from Aaron Rodgers. They're more than capable of holding down the #2/#3 WR spots. Calling Amari Rodgers a bust after one year is clearly a bad case of premature evaluation.

We need a #1. I'm certain the Packer brass had a plan to replace Adams long before he was traded. The draft is rich in opportunities. Past history suggests we might take more than one shot at a WR.

If all we did was take the picks we got for Adams and use them on WRs, we'd have a pretty good unit.

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greengold's picture

March 24, 2022 at 03:01 pm

I'm 100% aligning with your thinking here, Leatherhead.

I think Gutekunst packages picks to move up to get exactly who he likes, if at all possible, knowing it takes two to make a deal.

Then he goes to WR again in R2 to grab the best available there. I see that as a plan for success. 100%. It ought to bolster both the speed and receiving talent of the group immensely, overall, despite both being rookies in 2022. For all we know, Gutekunst will snap another in a later round as insurance - a player from a small school who knows what he's doing and has the ability to play at this level with some development.

WR was going to be a major need no matter what, as the position has been ignored outside of Amari Rodgers. I do believe Amari will surprise many moving forward with more real reps. There was too much "Last Dance" pressure last season.... pshhht.

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Leatherhead's picture

March 24, 2022 at 04:33 pm

I don't think he has to move up. We're going to have a very good WR available at #22...or #28...or in the second or even third round.

I like the simple exchange of Adams for two picks that are used on two WRs. If we took, for example, Burks at #22 and then used the second bonus pick for a guy like Alec Pierce, that would give us two legitimate WR prospects. The odds would be that at least one of them would be healthy enough to line up and help as a rookie. Lazard, Cobb, and Amari would handle the #2/#3 roles.

Rookie #1, Rookie #2, Lazard, Cobb, Amari. That's our gameday 5. A sixth guy could be Malik Taylor, who's been with the program for a while. And we could get some UDFAs for the practice squad. That's not a bad group to start the season.

Especially if you think we might get more action from the TE spot. Last year, our entire TE unit got 100 targets. Deguara might well be a bigger part of the passing game. We could draft a TE.

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greengold's picture

March 24, 2022 at 06:30 pm

I guess my point was regarding getting the #1 WR.

I’m very confident in the general direction you’re promoting, and that we’ll likely be better keeping our powder dry, letting the draft come to us, snapping WR at 22, maybe at 27. I question how closely a player of that caliber finds that slot. Who knows?

There may be a benefit in moving up though, depending on the player.

I’ve shared that I’ve been unable to study this draft like I’ve done nearly every year. Only today started looking in on some. Based on early lay of the land, we ought to be just fine not making a move, but, we’ll just have to see.

It’s early. There are always huge swings, climbers & fallers. WR is always that sexy position teams have a tendency to become overzealous with, more often to their detriment. Sometimes, there are very, very special talents worthy of R1. Wouldn’t mind one of those…

I’m OK with them spending a little more draft capital to get that truly legit #1 WR level talent if they deem it to be necessary. Drafts are immensely fluid. Never know how the runs at positions will hit, nor where. A Ferrari with unique, dynamic attributes. Versatility within system, etc..???

History shows they are tough to find and hit on.

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BradHTX's picture

March 24, 2022 at 03:08 pm

“Premature evaluation”… Well done, sir.

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HawkPacker's picture

March 24, 2022 at 05:38 pm

I caught that as well and had to chuckle!

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greengold's picture

March 24, 2022 at 07:31 pm

Style points awarded.

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stockholder's picture

March 24, 2022 at 06:57 pm

Watson is the Red Zone threat. The other is Burks. Keep that in mind.

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mnbadger's picture

March 24, 2022 at 12:19 pm

Gutey did great to get a 1 and 2 for a franchise tagged player that wanted out. DA is also 3 years older than Hill. I'll take Gutey's trade. GPG!

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jlc1's picture

March 24, 2022 at 12:24 pm

In answer to the question - how can he not?

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Swisch's picture

March 24, 2022 at 12:50 pm

I think MVS is going to be at least a WR2, and possibly a WR1.
I think Lazard is going to be a WR2.
Both of these guys have been underappreciated and underutilized by the Packers.
Be careful about signing expensive and declining vets from elsewhere when there are two young and ascending receivers already with the Packers.
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Hard to say about Amari Rodgers, but I wouldn't yet rule him out as a top slot receiver in the NFL.
It's time to move on from Cobb and give Rodgers an opportunity -- or if Rodgers is really that bad, cut him and sign Cole Beasley.

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If we can get a great receiver in the draft, take him as high as our first pick in the first round.
If we get a superstar, MVS and Lazard would still be big parts of the passing game.
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Daffney could be a top tight end, it seems to me; but then again, we don't have much to go on as far as him getting opportunities with the Packers.
Let's hope Tonyan returns to form, but will it be in time to make an impact next season?
If there's a great tight end in the draft, take him as high as our first pick in the first round.
It's time to put more emphasis on this position in Green Bay.
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My impression of things is that it's mostly up to Aaron Rodgers to bring out the best in our receiving corps.
For $50 million per season, our quarterback has to do more than just make arrogant and enigmatic pronouncements in general.
He has to be a leader of men by both instructing and encouraging his teammates personally, which means putting in the time and effort to build them up.
Thus far, my hunch is that Rodgers has hindered our receiving corps more than helping it. He's been too focused on Davante, a good relationship on the field that went horribly wrong as it became a fixation -- as shown by their pathetic display of mutual selfishness in the Lions game at the end of the season (in which they weren't preparing the team for the playoffs, but padding each other's stats).
It takes more work to develop a more balanced passing game by spreading the ball around, but it pays off in the playoffs when more players are ready to contribute in key situations.
It's good to have a top producer or two in our receiving portfolio, but it's essential to diversify.

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13TimeChamps's picture

March 24, 2022 at 03:43 pm

Not to be snarky, but a serious question. How has MVS been ascending exactly? His 4 year career has been a virtual flat line. His catch % actually went DOWN last year, which I didn't think was even possible.

So sign him to a VERY affordable one year "show us proof you're ascending" deal. I'd be fine with that.

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Matt Gonzales's picture

March 24, 2022 at 04:07 pm

Well, KC didn't agree with you as he's going there for 3/$30MM.

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13TimeChamps's picture

March 24, 2022 at 04:30 pm

Good for him. Maybe he will shock everyone and actually catch more than half the passes thrown to him in year 5.

For what he brings to the table...taking the top off....which seems to be the favorite catch phrase of the day, a much cheaper version should be able to be found in the draft.

And FYI...just because a team overpays doesn't necessarily equate to success. Bulaga went to LA for a similar contract. How did that work out? I wish him well, I'm just glad we weren't the ones doing the overpaying.

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Matt Gonzales's picture

March 24, 2022 at 05:18 pm

I don't disagree with you AT ALL. MVS is one of those players that drives OCs and position coaches crazy because they can go from being absolutely on fire, and then go absolutely invisible, and everyone assumes they have the secret to unlock all that potential.

For what it's worth, MVS looked like a much more rounded receiver in 2020, and no receiver other than Adams looked good in 2021.

I think MVS offers some value as someone you can force feed the ball on sweeps, wheel routes, etc. in addition to the bomb plays, but he has not shown yet that he has skills other than his speed and I'm not sure that will ever change.

That top flight speed is valuable. But an offense can get that same outcome with a powerful running game, as a defense having to stack the box is going to have defenders losing ground as they flip their hips against receivers.

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jannes bjornson's picture

March 24, 2022 at 11:28 pm

Wides in this draft are catch and run guys. Guys with a good RAC. Guys who can run more than three routes.
Two wides high, one mid-draft. Get the receiving TE and an inline guy.

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Swisch's picture

March 24, 2022 at 05:38 pm

It seems a fair question, and it's hard to know what the future is for MVS.
As I wrote, I think he's been underappreciated and underutilized by the Packers -- but time will tell.
I like what I've seen from MVS overall, and he's one guy who came up big in the playoff game against the Bucs for the 2020 season -- with four catches for 115 yards, including a long touchdown grab.
In my opinion, just as MVS is ready to step up into a more prominent role in the NFL, he's now going to do it as a member of the Chiefs.
To me, that's sad; and if the Packers didn't do everything to keep him -- including a matching offer of apparently $30 million over three years, it was a stupid omission.
Better yet, why not have our superstar quarterback, in coordination with the front office and our head coach, call MVS and encourage him to stay with the Packers.
To me, the key to player evaluation is to secure someone just as he's ready to break out into stardom -- and I think that's the future for MVS with Andy Reid as his head coach and Patrick Mahomes as his quarterback (two pretty good endorsements for MVS if they wanted him).
I think it could've been the Packers, instead, and am heartily dismayed that our decision makers didn't see his potential.
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With our two best receivers leaving the Packers this month, I wonder if this has anything to do with them being disappointed in Rodgers.
In the case of MVS, I wouldn't want to play for a guy who hasn't seemed to trust me over the years with an ample amount of targets.
In general, I can't imagine any of the Packers being thrilled with arrogant Rodgers being coy about playing during the last couple of offseasons, and assuming an unhealthy role in personnel decisions and coaching.
He's not dependable, he's not humble, and he may not be all that personable. Oh, and he has failed in big games.
Of course, no one with the Packers would dare to say such a thing even it happened to be true.

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Coldworld's picture

March 24, 2022 at 06:50 pm

It’s really hard to know how to judge any receiver with Rodgers, other than Adams. They have big games then are barely targeted. That’s a hindrance in itself. Often they are not targeted despite being open during those dry spells. Even Cobb was getting frustrated against the 49ers. I suppose we may get a partial inkling from MVS now. Is it the player, LaFleur, Rodgers or all of these things?

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Since'61's picture

March 24, 2022 at 07:12 pm

3 years/$30 million for MVS is just crazy. I’m happy that the Packers didn’t give that kind of money to MVS. That is too much money for a #3 receiver at best. Thanks, Since ‘61

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Since'61's picture

March 24, 2022 at 07:12 pm

3 years/$30 million for MVS is just crazy. I’m happy that the Packers didn’t give that kind of money to MVS. That is too much money for a #3 receiver at best. Thanks, Since ‘61

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13TimeChamps's picture

March 24, 2022 at 07:36 pm

$10 million a year and all everyone comes up with is ONE playoff game in 4 years. Didn't Jeff Janis have a monster playoff game as well?

MVS seems like a great guy. Congrats to him with his new contract.

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Matt Gonzales's picture

March 24, 2022 at 04:15 pm

Lazard has had his moments and his big games, but he lacks both top end speed and the kind of footwork Adams excelled at to create space. He's a WR3 with a lot of upside as a downfield blocker.

Tonyan - we will see. He excelled in 2020 as a function of a strong OL and excellent running game, so he was able to leak out uncovered on play action.

Daffney and Deguara both profile closer to FB/HB players. Not saying they can't have value but they're not the right body type to take snaps and make the impact tight to the line.

With MVS just signed with KC, I am guessing we will see Taylor or Winfree back just for familiarity w the system and because they've both shown strong potential in camp (and Taylor plays STs). Beyond that, I expect a mid-tier veteran WR, a high-ish draft pick, some later draft picks, and a lot more of Jones lining up wide.

At the end of the day I think the offense will be fine, assuming they can lean on the run and get solid blocking from the OL.

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Fubared's picture

March 24, 2022 at 05:44 pm

Amari Rodgers is a dodo. He cannot do what Cobb can and Rodgers knows that and so does the team.
Hey anyone who takes the ball in the endzone and runs to the 17 when if he had just caught it and took a knee and got to the 25 tells me this is not a thinking person.

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Johnblood27's picture

March 24, 2022 at 06:21 pm

My absolute first thumbs up for you!

Congrats!

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Coldworld's picture

March 24, 2022 at 07:01 pm

Thumbs up where?

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Johnblood27's picture

March 25, 2022 at 09:58 am

I said thumbs up FOR you, not thumbs up IN you!

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croatpackfan's picture

March 24, 2022 at 12:51 pm

No player is or can play as Davante Adams. As Davante Adams is not like or can play as any other player. Each person is unique and, therefore brings with him his own unique abilities. It is the job of coaching staff to prepare player and team to suits each other and be productive through their unique abilities. Also, there is no unstopable players. Anyone can be taken out from the game, what will open abilities to other players to shine.

Looking for anybody to replace Davante would be mission impossible. Get excelent WR and merge his unique abilities with his new team mates. That is recipe for success. Ask from anybody to play as someone else can produce disaster. The best show of that disaster was Packers vs Chiefs where many expect Jordan Love to play as AR. He was and he is not able to do that. Because he is not AR, but Jordan Love. That game was winnable, if game plan was tailored by available players, not asking them to emulate or copy another person (player).

Packers should draft or sign WR because he is good/excellent in what he is doing and what is easy to merge with the rest of the team.

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PackEyedOptimist's picture

March 24, 2022 at 01:02 pm

Agreed CPT, and people all seem to forget that Jordan Love had literally ONE practice before playing the Chiefs, because Rodgers got Covid and they had to travel to KC.

I believe LaFleur tries to play to the roster's strengths, so I expect the plays will evolve based on whomever we end up with. Whoever it is, I predict they will be a good blocker.

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Johnblood27's picture

March 24, 2022 at 06:25 pm

We are ALL individual and beautiful in our own way... SNOWFLAKES!

Sheesh, let's focus on improving on Adams.

How many games did his absence cause us to lose? Oh yeah, that's right...

There are how many Lombardi Trophies at 1265 because of Adam's contributions/ That's right! ZERO!

The GBP can definitely improve on the record from Adams time in GB.

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greengold's picture

March 24, 2022 at 09:00 pm

I agree with your sentiment Johnblood27.

Adams is likely the best at gaining separation at the LOS and at the intermediate level. He was not fast, but quick in short area. Not a burner. Not big for the long ball. Not huge YAC.

First looks show this to be a very interesting crop of WRs. Oddly, it’s not looking rich in true #1 WR talent. Nonetheless, talent abounds from what looks like mid R1 thru mid R3 based on projections I’m seeing from multiple sources, which are aligning closely. Also another strong wave projected R4 thru its entirety. Not much R5-7, yet, how that’s discerned is questionable/subjective.

Looking more like a great year for Slot and Outside. It just appears lacking in the Elite WR talents, from what I’m reading/listening to. Those consensus locks as #1WR level talents. Doesn’t mean they’re not there to be had.

I’ll deep dive, trying to find who might be great fits, speed, hands, toughness, routes, elusiveness, jets, size etc… just to see if Gutekunst picks any.

Take this with it’s required grain of salt. There are many talents that surprise, positively and negatively. Hidden gems and busts.

Personally, I think the Packers will be fine, and need to embrace power running in bigger doses anyway. Nevertheless, we’ll hopefully be adding great talents with far more speed this draft. Those qualities are there at WR for 2022. Abundant. Probably the 3rd most stacked position group behind OT and EDGE.

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KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

March 25, 2022 at 10:34 am

Jameson William's....

Plus, another WR as Jameson won't be able to play till late in season. Such a talent!

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splitpea1's picture

March 24, 2022 at 01:10 pm

I must be missing something, but how come I haven't heard Cole Beasley's name mentioned? Okay, so he's not a #1 receiver, but he's been pretty reliable throughout his career. He also seems like the type of individual that AR would get along with fine, LOL....The there's Julio Jones--similar age, but hampered by injuries.

You're not going to replace Davante with one player, so there's no point in continuing that line of thinking....The Patriots won Super Bowls with a running game, defense, and an assortment of lesser known wide receivers, so maybe we should try to follow that blueprint. We might not have another choice.

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dobber's picture

March 24, 2022 at 02:34 pm

"I must be missing something, but how come I haven't heard Cole Beasley's name mentioned?"

He's another slot specialist.

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marpag1's picture

March 24, 2022 at 02:47 pm

And he's pint-sized, even for the slot. The MLF offense is looking for big receivers who can block.

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splitpea1's picture

March 24, 2022 at 03:05 pm

I know, but I was thinking we could use some insurance: for Cobb if he gets injured, and Amari if he doesn't pan out. It's difficult to assess how effective Amari will be if Rodgers doesn't have the inclination (or whatever the similar excuse was) to train a new slot receiver.

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Coldworld's picture

March 24, 2022 at 07:00 pm

If we spend what little we have, it’s going to have to be getting guys where we have no one at present. We could have let Cobb go, we did not. They aren’t going to cut AmRod at this point. They’ve likely got their slot types, whether we like it or not.

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packerbackerjim's picture

March 24, 2022 at 03:37 pm

Unfortunately, he doesn’t stretch the defense, but he does gain separation far better than anyone on the roster. He’s a blockhead, but a tough blockhead. With Cobb and Amari Rodgers, not looking like a good fit.

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PeteK's picture

March 24, 2022 at 03:56 pm

Did you mean shot the arm specialist. LOL

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BruceC1960's picture

March 24, 2022 at 08:54 pm

Really?

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Swisch's picture

March 24, 2022 at 05:47 pm

I'm raising my hand as someone who has put out the name of Cole Beasley as an attractive candidate for the Packers.
If the Packers are looking for a guy who can get open on third downs for key catches to move the chains, this would seem to be one of the best in the NFL.
Whatever else Beasley can and can't do as a football player, isn't this proven capability alone a huge consideration?
I sure hope Aaron Rodgers isn't making the decisions for the Packers about wide receivers. That would make me truly sick. He has enough of a challenge doing his own job to the level of $50 million per season.

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4thand10's picture

March 25, 2022 at 07:44 am

Beasley cannot do anymore than what Cobb did or what Amari Rodgers can potentially do. And contrary to others MVS is not a legit #2. As a legit # 2 you have to be able to step up when a #1 goes down. And his route running tree was limited IMO. Rodgers is getting some new toys this year which is long overdue. Jack Heflin, Reed, Clark, Preston, Gary, Campbell, Douglas leave the D in good shape. Tonyan is also signed. No if we can just get some more picks for king that would be great and icing on the cake.I feel the force and this year Rodgers is getting some new toys which was sorely needed.

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BirdDogUni's picture

March 24, 2022 at 01:17 pm

We're going to replace Davante Adams. That is an undeniable fact. Whether we do it in the first round with our #22 pick is yet to be determined. Gutey will have the guys he wants to target. (He always does.) I am not worried about WR or any other position group.

Gutey will come out of this draft with at least two WRs and if by chance we still need to do something after the draft, he will.

All the doom and gloom about how we needed to blow up this team and rebuild a month ago seems like an eternity ago.

I'm as excited about this team as any team in the last two decades.

Gutey has 11 picks to reshape this roster into a monster and I expect he will.

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Lare's picture

March 24, 2022 at 01:59 pm

Two points I think everyone is missing.

First, Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon are excellent receivers out of the backfield.

Second, every top NFL WR was drafted somewhere. The caliber of college WR has improved quite a bit in the last few years. If Gutekunst ends up drafting a couple that can produce this year the Packers offense will be alright IMO.

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LambeauPlain's picture

March 24, 2022 at 03:52 pm

Agree. I do not know the NFLs 2021 MVP passing stats by position.

I expect pass plays for the O in 2021 were a bit north of 50%. Of those pass plays, how many went to RBs, TEs, and WRs not named Adams?

Adams was not 50% of the Packers O. He was key, productive player who performed, like AJ, AJD, Lazard, MVS, and the O line squad.

If you develop strategic plays to maximize the strengths of your O players on the final 2022 roster, how do you roll?

No QB worries, O line should be steady early and stellar late, targeting RBs, TEs in the playbook just 5% more passing and running plays 10% more, and lots of motion, play action...well?

For the first time in years, since Fritz Schurmer really...have I been so positive about a Packers D. They will give the ball to the O even more this year.

This is a solid draft to build a roster to add O weapons and OL...but after a WR in Rd1, draft DT, Edge, S/CB, McBride/TE next four picks.

Day 3...quality depth...and another WR prospect that can play STs at a high level this season.

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gkarl's picture

March 24, 2022 at 02:06 pm

Would be great if Olave or Williams fell to 22. I'd take either there and grab one of Pierce, Pickens or Metchie in round 2. Maybe someone like Nailor late but if we get 2 of the 5 not sure we would need a third this year.

Add in an Edge, DT and/or S with our other 1 and 2 and I'm feeling good about the early rounds.

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HawkPacker's picture

March 24, 2022 at 02:17 pm

We really need a receiving TE as well since I would doubt Tonyan will be ready at the start of the season.

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Coldworld's picture

March 24, 2022 at 02:31 pm

I suspect (fear?) they will run with Davis. He has some upside.

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Johnblood27's picture

March 24, 2022 at 06:30 pm

yeah, lets take Williams and Metchie, our rehab team needs the practice...

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Coldworld's picture

March 24, 2022 at 11:49 pm

Williams likely won’t play this year. I don’t think we are in a position to spend a first round pick on a guy who will effectively red shirt.

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Alberta_Packer's picture

March 24, 2022 at 03:31 pm

If the void is filled - it will be with a mundane lot - as evidenced by the top three receivers on the Packers depth chart - Lazard, Cobb and Rodgers. Lazard is OK but certainly not a #1. Meanwhile Cobb will most likely spend more time in street clothes on the sidelines, than a uniform on the field. While Rodgers is closer to being a dud than a stud. Then ESB has departed and most likely MVS - with the recuperating Tonyan coming back from an acl. This leaves the next-ups of Deguara, Taylor and Winfree! Most certainly Gutekunst will draft WRs but how many rookies make a significant impact in their first pro season? This leave FAs, which isn't exactly a stellar group this year. Nor does the team have the cap room to sign anyone of significance. Unfortunately, this is shaping-up to be a down year for Packers Wide, Slot and TE Receivers.

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Packerpasty's picture

March 25, 2022 at 08:47 am

absolutely ...."as it stands" it is the worst group of WR's in the division, probably in the league...Packers can't go into the season looking like it does at WR and TE...not much left out there as FA's to bolster things so lets hope they hit big in the draft, which is always a crap shoot...

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CrazyPackersFan's picture

March 24, 2022 at 02:19 pm

How do you "temporarily" fill a WR1 spot? Are we talking an MLB-style rental, where they take you to the playoffs and then leave after one season? Is someone going to be drafted and initially be WR1 and then their skills suddenly diminish to knock them out of the starting spot? I think there has to be a commitment to the spot, whether it's trade, free agency, or the draft. And I think that's exactly what Brian is thinking. Who knows, maybe he doesn't draft a WR until Day 2, but he's not going to go with a "temporary" WR1.

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crayzpackfan's picture

March 24, 2022 at 03:17 pm

All but one letter and you copied my name. lol

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BirdDogUni's picture

March 24, 2022 at 05:40 pm

Actually, it's 3 letters, but who is counting... ; P

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LambeauPlain's picture

March 24, 2022 at 02:35 pm

The draft does not seem to have the can't miss #1 WRs. I don't see the consensus "can't miss" prospect like Sterling Sharpe or James Loften were, in this draft.

What I do see is some outstanding prospects and that river runs deep. Several guys who may be a plug and play starter and eventually be WR#1, like Adams, Jordy & Jennings did...all 2nd rounders. Cobb was a 2nd too.

In this class, there could be several in the second round that we will call a steal a few years from now. Even the third round will have quality WR picks.

That said, one of the first rounders will used on a WR this year...and likely a 2nd rounder too. And I would not be surprised to see day 3 WR choice too. As Gil noted, Gutey likes to load up with multiple picks to fire at a position weakness and hope to hit the bullseye as a top starter. This is the WR class to fire away.

As for TE...outside of Trey McBride, I do not see any others that are a first or a sure second rounder this year. Average group after him. A lot of developmental players. But some good football players.

McBride would be available at #28 and may last to #53, but I doubt it. He does everything well, including blocking and can play in line, H back, slot, even split wide. He embarrasses LBs in coverage. He would contribute instantly.

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Coldworld's picture

March 24, 2022 at 03:27 pm

Looks like a jack of all trades l, middling ceiling and floor type. Good at most things but not great as a blocker, not going to stretch the field. Definitely the most ready, but mid/late second whom I would look to take later only, were it not for his readiness. I prefer Jelani Woods, but he’s a higher upside type who is more of a project. Those two might be the best of a pretty uninspiring bunch. I’m not sure they bring much more than Davis initially. Gute may run with him or pick up one from another team.

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LambeauPlain's picture

March 24, 2022 at 04:04 pm

McBride looks like a football player to me, based on how he played the position. At TE, having a jack of all trades is a plus, especially blocking for a team with AJ and AJD.

He was asked to play many roles and did well in all of them...coaches dream.

To me, without the "Adam's Effect", Pack is going to have to spread the ball around to move the ball...including more TE and RB passes and run plays. McBride is a good blocker, too. That helps all around.

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BradHTX's picture

March 24, 2022 at 03:31 pm

If they came out of Rd1 with Olave and McBride, I wouldn’t regret it one bit. Take a OLB and IDL player in the 2nd and either a ILB or rangy FS in the 3rd, then some developmental OL in the 4th, and I’m happy as a clam.

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Return_To_Sanity's picture

March 24, 2022 at 06:50 pm

Nobody, and I mean nobody, considered Jordy or Davante as "cant miss prospects." Hell not even Justin Jefferson was or he wouldnt have fallen as far as he did.

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Coldworld's picture

March 24, 2022 at 07:11 pm

They were not difference makers as rookies. That’s the issue, plus those were two that worked out. Even early picks flop.

Jordy has 366 yards and 2 TDs in his first season. Davantae had 466 and 3 TDs. Ironically, MVS had 581 and 3 TDs. None of those cut it for a real WR 1 or 2 in an effective O though.

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Coldworld's picture

March 24, 2022 at 02:43 pm

There are a few reclamation projects out there that might have some interest at a bargain rate. Funchess is one, but there are others. Don’t see how we afford much else. The best option is a trade for a first contract guy, but teams are usually reluctant to let them go unless desperate to retool. A risky bet or the risk in the draft. Take your pick(s).

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Alberta_Packer's picture

March 24, 2022 at 03:08 pm

Bringing back a Funchess, or similar, is more realistic than expecting the FO to sign a top tier FA or expecting first year draft choices to make immediate contributions - which is just wishful thinking.

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Minniman's picture

March 24, 2022 at 03:10 pm

MVS to the chiefs for $30-36M - confirmed.

Unfortunate, but the price was perhaps a bit steep for the role that Gute and MLF had planned for him. Best of luck MVS. - just not against us.

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marpag1's picture

March 24, 2022 at 03:18 pm

Reportedly for 3 years 30 million, with incentives up to 36 million and with 18 million in the first 2 years.

Not huge by NFL standards, but personally I'm glad Gutey did NOT pay that.

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splitpea1's picture

March 24, 2022 at 03:24 pm

For THAT price the Chiefs can have him.

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PatrickGB's picture

March 24, 2022 at 03:49 pm

I agree but, The actual breakdown of his contract shows that it’s a lot less than 30mil.

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Alberta_Packer's picture

March 24, 2022 at 03:28 pm

I fully expect MVS to flourish with Mahomes. Rodgers often could not calibrate his throws with MVS's speed. Mahomes is a better long ball passer than Rodgers - which will be great for MVS.

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Packers1985's picture

March 24, 2022 at 04:23 pm

I think most of the times Mahomes heaves the ball deep it was hill who used to generally track the ball well and come up with the catch. I don't think MVS is a kind of the player who is able to redirect himself while ball is in air. But will see how he'll do with KC.

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Coldworld's picture

March 24, 2022 at 03:35 pm

I’m not shocked, they seem to like him a lot from what I have heard. That’s a good deal for him if the details confirm the headline. It’s certainly one we could never have matched.

It means we need both a one and a deep threat (even if the one can be too) or two ones. We need speed away from the one to open spaces. Without that we return to a one player focus by default, which would be ironic but also farcical.

I anticipate 2 early picks and a couple of late flyers or reclamation type pick ups. Prayer may help.

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PatrickGB's picture

March 24, 2022 at 03:43 pm

Parker was not mentioned on the list of possible additions through a trade. He should be considered. https://www.acmepackingcompany.com/by-the-numbers/2022/3/24/22993468/let...

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Coldworld's picture

March 24, 2022 at 04:22 pm

One of the possible reclamation types that we might need to gamble on.

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dobber's picture

March 24, 2022 at 08:04 pm

He's a guy with a pedigree and an affordable contract, all told. Put him with a credible thrower and hope he stays healthy.

It all comes down to what Miami would have to have for him...and the market is silly right now.

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Return_To_Sanity's picture

March 24, 2022 at 06:48 pm

Parker's a bum whos made of glass. When will the wide receiver mania ever end?????

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Coldworld's picture

March 24, 2022 at 07:17 pm

Parker is a reclamation project for a reason. If they had been healthy and performing at their peak, we couldn’t sign their old boots at the moment. Risk versus upside is about the best we can do in FA.

Douglas was a has been on a PS, Campbell a temporary starter no longer wanted. That’s the type we would have to dig up at WR. Hopefully Gute has a few secret targets.

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4thand1's picture

March 24, 2022 at 03:44 pm

Rumor mill, DJ Metcalf and Tyler Lockett's names have surfaced . Is there a deal in the works?

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PatrickGB's picture

March 24, 2022 at 03:51 pm

Great WR’s but Metcalf is a bit of an headcase.

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Minniman's picture

March 24, 2022 at 04:29 pm

Yes, Reportedly he’s a diva - but he’s a diva on the last year of his rookie contract - meaning that if he goes off the rails he costs himself generationally altering dollars.

While I’m not necessarily talking about either of these two, Gute has something cooking in this space. Think about what he did bringing Douglas, Campbell and Mercilus in last year.

If Gute grabs two early WR’s in the draft - what’s wrong with getting Julio for a song (if able) and have him and Cobb and Rodgers teach them their craft? We shouldn’t expect them to be prime targets in their first year anyway….. that’s unrealistic (IMHO)…….. which generally translates to them actually being productive (by virtue of being underestimated - which is what happened to Jefferson in year 1).

By mid season the Packers will be lining up 2 dual threat RB’s, a legit TE threat and competent slot and mid-ground WR threats. Add in some rookie speed deep threat(s) and an eye-candy veteran WR and they’ll have the ability to stretch the field every which way……….Also add in a to[ 10 O-Line keeping Rodgers upright, or blocking to the second level, and I still think that they will be competitive.

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Return_To_Sanity's picture

March 24, 2022 at 06:47 pm

Julio Jones and Cobb cant teach rookies anything from the trainer's office. 1 old and often injured receiver is bad enough.

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Return_To_Sanity's picture

March 24, 2022 at 06:45 pm

Yeah hes a little weird but his talent, age, and fit with this offense is worth the risk imo. Hes the only receiver i would even consider trading for at this point.

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dobber's picture

March 24, 2022 at 08:07 pm

No, just internet clickbait folks speculating on a rebuild in Seattle.

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canadapacker's picture

March 24, 2022 at 04:13 pm

With Adams and MVS E St Brown all gone - and Tonyon likely not to start - we will need another guy who can stretch the field. AR is notorious for not trusting first year guys. Deguara/Big Dog are mostly blocking and maybe short yardage TE's. Would like to see an experienced type of guy - not Funchess - inserted into the mix. Malik and Winfree both have some potential and will Amari take a big leap. Still need someone with the jets that can hang onto the ball and run those jet sweeps and wide receiver screens. I am not sure that the short pass dip and dunk will work as it brings too many dbacks toward the line of scrimmage and that hurts the run game. Might want to trade one of our higher draft picks for a wide receiver such as Lockett - Seattle cannot use both of those guys productively with Lock as QB -

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BirdDogUni's picture

March 24, 2022 at 04:42 pm

Well, insert guy pointing at his head meme...

If all the WRs are 1st year guys, AR will have to throw to them...

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HawkPacker's picture

March 24, 2022 at 05:51 pm

My thoughts exactly. Or he will have to eat it.

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Dragon5's picture

March 24, 2022 at 04:17 pm

Wish MVS (overpaid!) well. Another injury prone 7 life path GUTtEd from the roster.
Olave--a WR that can take the top off of defenses would appear to be our top option now in draft. Sadly feels like deja vu to me just like when Jefferson's 40 bumped him from projected 20s to teens. I feel the same for Olave and highly doubt he's there @22.

Remaining top options, via FA or trade, all associated with 7 energy (Metcalf, Lockett, AB, Julio, Parker, Fuller, Cooks) or in enemy year (Landry, OBJ)...buyer beware.

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Minniman's picture

March 24, 2022 at 04:37 pm

Sadly I agree. The guy reminds me of Victor Cruz or Davantae - his footwork and acceleration through direction changes is extraordinary……. And with the deep speed.

Reportedly his main knock is that he lacks strength to both secure contested catches or get off the line clean…….. pretty much like Davantae……. Which can be fixed easily.

Gute was at the OSU. Pro day recently too.

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canadapacker's picture

March 24, 2022 at 05:51 pm

I wish him well too - overpaid - they all are overpaid when switching teams - Adams is as well - but they need to get their payday. I think that MVS had some bad drops but he also had some contested drops that really were not drops - but his big plays helped and he was always dangerous - just look at the crossing route against the Vikes last year - to the house in a minute. That is what we need. We will take the fastest guy I hope - and hopefully he will become what Claypool and Chase did - but dont expect somebody of that stature to be there. I think that that is why we need to get a faster deep threat while these guys develop I personally like Cooks and not Landry or OBJ - I also think that Green Bay will keep any malcontents inline - or they will be gone. Look at last year .

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jannes bjornson's picture

March 24, 2022 at 11:39 pm

They will have to move up for Olave around #18. Do it.

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Coldworld's picture

March 24, 2022 at 11:54 pm

This draft could see an early run on WRs and QBs dropping.

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stockholder's picture

March 24, 2022 at 04:32 pm

The Void will be filled through the draft. And if they do bring in a veteran. Suckers Beware! Veteran WR are released every year. This is not the time to panic. The draft will replace MVS. And if the picks are good enough. They will replace Adams. Finding Bargains is what we do. I have NO fear Rodgers will get what he needs.

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Minniman's picture

March 24, 2022 at 04:37 pm

Amen

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BirdDogUni's picture

March 24, 2022 at 04:41 pm

It obviously won't be with MVS @ WR #2... Lol

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stockholder's picture

March 24, 2022 at 05:22 pm

Anybody think we're still going to draft Defense?

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BirdDogUni's picture

March 24, 2022 at 05:45 pm

Yep. Just depends on who is available when Gutey drafts defense.

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stockholder's picture

March 24, 2022 at 06:13 pm

sullivan visting vikings

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Minniman's picture

March 24, 2022 at 07:21 pm

Pettine raiding his old nest again

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jannes bjornson's picture

March 24, 2022 at 11:43 pm

Good.

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Coldworld's picture

March 24, 2022 at 11:59 pm

I’m not over sorry if he leaves, but it does mean we need to find another DB somewhere. Not seeing a lot on the futures list. Ento has some coverage potential but projects more outside (if he’s learned to tackle).

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jannes bjornson's picture

March 25, 2022 at 09:23 am

I've mocked a CB by round four.

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brenner's picture

March 25, 2022 at 03:12 am

If Wyatt is available at 22 no matter what he has to be the pick. Outside of the top tier of wrs I'd rather get McBride. Trade for cooks?? Maybe parker gets released or can be had for a 4th or so? I just don't see Rodgers connecting with rookie wrs right away so established vets might be the way to go.

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Fubared's picture

March 24, 2022 at 05:38 pm

I one who is not sorry to see Adams go with his huge unbelievable demands and com'on MVS caught one in three passes and never performed better then a fifth round pick.
Lots of great receiver talent available in the draft this year, go pack go

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High_stick69's picture

March 24, 2022 at 05:39 pm

This may be a two year strategy for the Pack. Rookie WRs typically don’t have a major impact in their first season. Have a solid draft, with 4 picks in the first two rounds, and build toward when those players take the year 2 jump and now you have a juggernaut. I’m not sure which key players other than JA would be a free agent after this season, but it feels like there are some cornerstone pieces in place for a few years. Maybe 22-23 season is somewhat of a retooling year, and 23-24 the Packers “get over the hump.”

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BirdDogUni's picture

March 24, 2022 at 07:42 pm

Yeah, I doubt it. Rodgers may not even be here next year. "It's now or never..."

I understand where you are coming from Hs, but the time is now. I'm guessing, but I think Gutey is putting a lot of stock in the great WR class we have this year in the draft. It's the only thing I can come up with.

He may have to take guys earlier than he wants to, but if he's going to come out of this draft with a couple of WRs who can contribute early, he may have to.

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Coldworld's picture

March 24, 2022 at 08:09 pm

If he hangs them up aren’t we hit with 68 million in dead cap?

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High_stick69's picture

March 24, 2022 at 11:35 pm

I agree…Rodgers coming back would definitely be an important part of a 2 year plan. Win now seems important to BG, but so is the long term best interest of the GBP. I’ll be surprised if he does what everyone expects and drafts 2 WRs early. I’ll be as surprised as I was when he drafted Love with Patrick Queen still on the board.

I still wonder why the Pack got a 1 and a 2. If someone signs your non exclusive rights FA don’t you get 2 #1s? I get they traded him, but if Davante wanted to make that deal, he could’ve signed an offer sheet and the Pack could’ve declined to match. Netting them 2 #1s? Idk

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jannes bjornson's picture

March 24, 2022 at 11:47 pm

If the WR jells with Rodgers, he could be a Pro Bowler, just like Jefferson. 21st Century football.

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jimtalkbox's picture

March 24, 2022 at 05:42 pm

This year's draft is pretty WR heavy, so I think he double dips there and looks for players that might be dropped after the draft to pick up a vet.

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stockholder's picture

March 24, 2022 at 06:48 pm

They could draft smaller guys like Dotson and Skyy Moore. And this offense will be the better for it.

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Coldworld's picture

March 24, 2022 at 07:22 pm

The 4 slot receiver approach? Novel, if questionable.

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CHEESEHEADDALLAS's picture

March 24, 2022 at 06:55 pm

How about are number one pick 2020 when there was several dependable receivers but no he draft a bench wormer. Hysterical repeats it’s self he will blow it again he will draft another bench warmer again.

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Return_To_Sanity's picture

March 24, 2022 at 08:02 pm

Get over it ffs. You think Tee Higgins or Michael Pittman are world beaters? Nothing special about either of them. Dime a dozen players.

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BruceC1960's picture

March 24, 2022 at 07:20 pm

Anybody else concerned that 12 won’t be in Green Bay enough this summer to bond with new receivers?

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Coldworld's picture

March 24, 2022 at 07:23 pm

Heck, I’m concerned he won’t throw to them in preseason games too.

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dobber's picture

March 24, 2022 at 08:13 pm

He won't play any preseason snaps.

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Coldworld's picture

March 25, 2022 at 12:03 am

Precisely. With a bunch of new receivers I find that as unacceptable as it is probable. We are all in, but is he? This will be a good test.

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Return_To_Sanity's picture

March 24, 2022 at 08:01 pm

I think thats guaranteed. He'll be off chasing waterfalls in hawaii.

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dobber's picture

March 24, 2022 at 08:16 pm

He should just stick to the rivers and the lakes that he's used to.

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Pantz_Burp's picture

March 24, 2022 at 08:52 pm

Hell yeah dobber...thanks, now I got that song in my head! Not really complaining though...try to get "Sounds of Silence", Disturbed's version out of your head. Dang near impossible...

"Don't go chasing waterfalls .......

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Pantz_Burp's picture

March 24, 2022 at 08:33 pm

Not really concerned BruceC, only because I don't expect that to happen...I hope I am wrong. That requires leadership skills and truly wanting to elevate himself and the team to best increase their odds to a fast start to the season...and all the way to the ultimate goal. I just don't see the commitment by him to go all in and continuously try to ELEVATE THE TEAM, along with his personal goals.

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BruceC1960's picture

March 24, 2022 at 08:38 pm

Agreed. That’s one reason why I would have been fine with a trade.

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Pantz_Burp's picture

March 24, 2022 at 08:46 pm

Yes, I was hoping for that the whole time until I got word he signed the contract.....now, I just have to see how it plays out. Not a fan of the contract or it's structure.

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Return_To_Sanity's picture

March 25, 2022 at 12:10 am

I was imagining what a team with Love, Dillon, Jenkins, Myers, Gary, Alexander, Stokes, Savage, Clark, etc plus 12 premium draft picks over the next 3 years could become and it gave me excitement. But then they decided to commit to 3 more years of disappointing reruns. Yawn.

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Pantz_Burp's picture

March 25, 2022 at 09:13 am

Exactly RTS... exactly.

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cms's picture

March 24, 2022 at 07:53 pm

Void?! What void?

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Return_To_Sanity's picture

March 24, 2022 at 08:04 pm

At this point, I hope Gutekunst drafts 4 quarterbacks in the first 2 rounds just to troll Rodgers and his legion of cultists.

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Swisch's picture

March 24, 2022 at 08:33 pm

I like it, Return-To-Sanity, at least as a fun thought.
Even drafting one quarterback in the first two rounds would be potentially controversial, and may have Rodgers sending secret signals to Adam Schefter. (Did Rodgers ever really trash Schefter for his reporting on draft day in a way similar to how he trashed Gute after finally returning to the Packers at the start of training camp?)
Also, let's have LaFleur announce before the draft that Rodgers will be playing in all of the preseason games for at least a quarter or so. After all, he's got to get his timing with all of the new receivers.
Anyway, it'd be nice to see some significant sign that Gute and LaFleur are running the team rather than arrogant Rodgers.
***
Come to think of it, here's a question: Would the Packers have pursued MVS more enthusiastically if Rodgers really wanted him?
I fear that Rodgers has undue control with the management of the Packers, is poisoning the whole organization with his ego, and at the same time is working with a delusional brain that is as disordered as his hairstyle.

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Return_To_Sanity's picture

March 24, 2022 at 09:53 pm

Agree with everything you said here Swisch. This is now the Green Bay Rodgerses and it makes me want to puke.

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jhtobias's picture

March 24, 2022 at 08:12 pm

I thought Rodgers said people come to play with him ? Well he is getting good at these half truths' cobb came back lol. In all seriousness I don't want to hear Rodgers complain one damn bit. He is the highest paid quarterback in the league and if he is so special he should turn average to below average guys into above average player .

I like the strategy Gute is doing , Load up the defense , keep the rb room solid, shore up the special teams and make sure the o-line is above average .

Chap Ass Rodgers getting paid all that money should be able to deliver if not he is a fraud . Make your 50 million dollar mvp earn his paycheck love it .

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BruceC1960's picture

March 24, 2022 at 08:41 pm

Didn’t Gute and Co have to kind of expect this? They knew weeks ago 17 was going to Vegas, yet they didn’t sign MVS? They had to know this was a possibility. Maybe they have a plan. I hope so.

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Pantz_Burp's picture

March 24, 2022 at 08:56 pm

Just my opinion, but they do have a plan. My guess is that they had a number they were willing to offer MVS. When it was higher than their liking, they will be concentrating on a WR(s) in the draft. I don't think they will be picking from the usual pool of available WRs, but you never know.....

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PhantomII's picture

March 24, 2022 at 08:57 pm

We are replacing our #1 WR.....We haven't had a #2 WR since 2018. Gute is going to move up from 22 as high as he feels he needs to and get a legit #1 WR in the draft, unless JA gets a new contract and we can sign a #1 from another team for a reasonable price 10-15M. I'm fine with #22 WR (move up if needed (OLAVE), #28 WR (w/ ST exp. (WATSON) poss. move up. I think this kid is gonna be Special. We need ST contributors now that we have a real ST coach and embarrassment in the playoffs. Whatever we sign at WR needs to be much better than what we have because we don't have good WR depth at all. AR is gonna have to use them all along with TE and RB's to get it done. Much better to do without QB sucking the last 10M up instead of a good WR. MVS just got overpaid.....he didn't earn it this last season.

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stockholder's picture

March 25, 2022 at 12:17 am

I'll bet Olave won't hold up in the NFL. The two that will, are Burks and Watson. Look how Krupp couldn't be stopped.

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