The Packers have passed on every receiver this offseason whether it be via free agency or the draft. In fact, they actually lost one in slot man Randall Cobb who signed with the Dallas Cowboys. Green Bay did resign Geronimo Allison and are planning on one of last year’s rookies to emerge into a legitimate threat in their new offense.
When the Packers were on the clock at 44 they had their choosing: AJ Brown, JJ Arcega-Whiteside, Parris Campbell, and even DK Metcalf were still on the board. When Brian Gutekunst traded up for the 21st pick, you were probably hoping it was for Marquise “Hollywood” Brown. Instead, he addressed a huge need by adding safety Darnell Savage.
The coaches know best, though. After all, they’re the ones who have been watching the likes of Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Equanimeous St. Brown, and J’Mon Moore to think someone might make a second-year jump.
Allison was coming on strong last season before he landed on injured reserve with multiple injuries. Rodgers has complete trust in him and he proved he can be a solid no.2 as long as Rodgers is throwing him the ball.
Jake Kumerow will also get ample opportunity to improve himself after spending much of 2018 with an injured shoulder. Kumerow and St. Brown appear to be early favorites to step into Cobb’s former place in the slot.
Still, at the beginning of the year, it would have been shocking to know Green Bay would not add a single receiver through free agency or the draft. They did select Jace Sternberger in the third round but tight ends need time to develop.
Matt LaFleur must have complete confidence his offense will be able to scheme players open better than Mike McCarthy’s. In the past, everything relied on Rodgers’ arm and less on receivers actually creating separation.
The important question to consider is how would the offense function without Adams? Is it nearly the equivalent to losing Rodgers? For the Packers, it sure seems that way.
___________________Brandon Carwile was a Cheesehead at birth. His dad grew up attending games at Lambeau and passed on the legacy. He has covered the Packers for over five years and currently works with packerstalk.com. Find him on twitter at @PackerScribe.