The topic of Green Bay Packers wide receivers has been reported upon to a nauseating level. In a recent article in the Athletic, Aaron Rodgers has finally spoke out on the topic. His words were are strong message to the receivers room.
“I like production over potential” the four time NFL MVP said to Matt Schneidman of the Athletic.
The Packers pass catchers have a great deal of potential, there’s no question about that. The team moved up on day 2 of the NFL draft to select Christian Watson with the first pick of the second round. Watson was known as a prospect with tremendous potential and skills despite playing for a North Dakota State program that isn’t known for developing pro talent.
The rookie receiver has been hyped up since his draft day. His size, speed, and hands are all elite and could make him a threat to defenses around the league.
Watson comes into the season with the potential, as well as the opportunities available to produce. What will come of this once the games are played, that’s yet to be determined.
Rodgers continued by saying “We have some production. We have a lot of potential. So we need to temper expectations and heighten the accountability,”
The returning production has been debated nearly all off-season. Randall Cobb is someone Packers fans love and trust, but he is not the same player he was his first time in Green Bay. Sammy Watkins was a top tier WR in the league when he was drafted by Buffalo. But injuries have derailed what looked like a promising career.
Allen Lazard returns after signing his tender last month, and should immediately be a focus on the offensive game plan. While Lazard’s familiarity with the system and the staff are encouraging, it’s difficult to argue the extent to his returning production. Lazard has a career 1400 yards and 14 TD receptions in his four seasons in the green and gold.
The four time NFL MVP and leader in the clubhouse has spoken. The potential is great, but the NFL is a results driven league. On field production is what matters.
Zach has been a lifelong Packers fan since his earliest memories of Brett Favre\\\'s Super Bowl win in Super Bowl XXXII. A proud shareholder of the team, he bleeds Green and Gold despite being born and raised in New Jersey. You can follow him on twitter at @RapMasterZach.