Allen Lazard has been a reliable and productive wide receiver for the Packers ever since they plucked him off the Jaguars’ practice squad in December 2018. He had a small breakout year in 2019 with 35 receptions, 477 yards, and 3 touchdowns. Aaron Rodgers has consistently given Lazard his vote of confidence and put his trust in him as a reliable threat on this team.
This season, Lazard already has three touchdowns, matching a career high. He is currently at 204 yards on the season, tied for fourth on the team. With Robert Tonyan done for the season, Lazard remains as one of the biggest and most physical receiving threats on this Packers team. Lazard only has had 22 targets this season, a number that needs to increase sharply for him to get more production.
Lazard could easily become that solidified number two receiver in this offense. This is an offense that desperately needs it, too, as sometimes the Packers seem way too heavily dependent on Davante Adams.
At 6’5 and around 230 pounds, Allen Lazard has solidified himself as one of the best blocking WR’s in the NFL. That is why Matt LaFleur loves him so much in this offense. Downfield blocking is just as important as the line of scrimmage movement. Lazard can line up in-line as essentially a second tight end off the ball, and also line up in the slot and maul smaller defenders with good, physical blocking.
Lazard needs more targets in the receiving game, though. On Sunday against the Chiefs, he provided the only source of offensive output on his only target of the day. He made a nice catch on a throw by Love, only to then make a very athletic ducking move on Chiefs safety Daniel Sorenson, and then scamper into the end zone.
We saw his potential in full force last season against the Saints when he was WR1. Also, a few weeks ago against Washington, we saw him go for 5 catches, 60 yards, and a touchdown on one drive alone. He has the ability to do this on a more consistent basis with more opportunities. These are the versions of Allen Lazard that can make the Packers a very dangerous team.
When you look around at the other top contenders in the NFC and the NFL this year, most of those teams have two premiere receiving threats. Right now, the Packers only have one, and the stats back that up. Look for Allen Lazard to become a very important part of this passing offense moving forward into the heart of the season. He can shoulder the load and take some of the pressure off All-Pro Davante Adams. The Packers need this presence from Lazard in order to make a Super Bowl run.