A hot topic this season surrounding the Green Bay Packers has been the lack of production and inconsistent play from wide receivers not named Davante Adams.
With Adams sidelined, the last two weeks prior to the Oakland Raiders game, the rest of the receiving core had a prime opportunity to step up and produce. Unfortunately, that isn’t what happened.
Dropped passes have been a huge issue and even on their big completions, those were moreso a product of Aaron Rodgers throwing a perfect pass rather than one of his receivers creating space and a making a play.
In fact, over two full games against Dallas and Detroit, Rodgers was just 16/31 for 226 yards when targeting his receivers. And really those numbers were inflated by Allen Lazard’s fantastic fourth quarter last Monday Night.
Then leading up to the Raiders game, it looked like the Packers would be without Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Geronimo Allison. They even had to sign free agent Ryan Grant for some much-needed depth. By the end of the week, it was looking like it was going to have to be another game where the Green Bay offense would have to rely heavily on their running backs.
However, that wasn’t the case. Fortunately for the Packers, MVS and Allison were made active at the last minute. They along with Lazard and Jake Kumerow would play major roles in what ended up being a career day for Aaron Rodgers.
In total, those four receivers would catch 11 of the 14 passes thrown their way for 262 yards – which is more than they had combined for in the previous two games – and also hauled in two of Rodgers’ five touchdown passes. Not to mention that the unit averaged a whopping 23.8 yards per catch with some highlight-reel plays.
It’s taken some time but the Packers’ young receivers are getting better each week and more comfortable in the new offense. Perhaps at the end of the season, we will be able to look back at this few week stretch without Adams as a big reason for the development and the potential success of this young receiving core.
Next Sunday they will have another prime opportunity to put up some more big numbers as they take on a Kansas City Chiefs team who is giving up 377.4 yards per game. Hopefully, we will see them carry this week’s momentum into that heavy-weight matchup.