The Green Bay Packers took a major risk by trading Davante Adams to the Las Vegas Raiders a few weeks ago. It wasn’t uncalculated because the reward is that they received a 2022 first- and second-round pick in return, but the move now leaves the Packers severely wanting for wide receiver depth.
In fact, with Marquez Valdes-Scantling now with the Kansas City Chiefs and Equanimeous St. Brown in Chicago with the Bears, there’s a case to be made that at this current time and place, the Pack has the worst wide receiver depth chart in the NFL.
Which wide receivers are the Green Bay Packers currently rolling with?
Prepare to be underwhelmed, or at the very least…whelmed.
As of now, it would appear that Allen Lazard is the best wide receiver on Green Bay’s depth chart.
The 6-foot-5, 227-pound wideout has made a name for himself over the past few seasons and has gained the trust of both Aaron Rodgers and Matt LaFleur. He caught 40 passes for 513 yards and eight touchdowns last season.
From an undrafted free agent who the Packers picked up off Jacksonville’s practice squad in 2018 to a player who Green Bay recently deemed worthy of a second-round tender (worth one-year, $3.986 million), Lazard is an incredible story. Objectively, though, he’s at his best when he’s the third or fourth option at wideout, and he’s arguably more valuable to the Packers as a blocker than he is as a deep threat.
He can’t be Green Bay’s No. 1 receiver at the start of the season.
Randall Cobb is one of Aaron Rodgers’ best friends and he proved last season that he still has some game left in him, catching 28 passes for 375 yards and five touchdowns. He’s going into his 12th season, though, and he’s not the quick-twitch athlete he once was. Cobb is smart enough to make plays in Matt LaFleur’s system, but he’s really more of a utility player than anything.
Then there’s last year’s third-round pick, Amari Rodgers out of Clemson. The Packers drafted Rodgers hoping that he could become a younger version of Cobb. While he caught 77 passes for 1,020 yards and seven touchdowns (averaging 13.2 yards per catch) in his senior season with Clemson, that potential and play-making ability seemed non-existent in his rookie season with the Pack.
He barely saw the field, but when he was on it, he looked slow, sluggish, and lost.
Perhaps Rodgers turns it around and it will be a great story if he does, but right now, he can’t be trusted.
Going down the depth chart, Malik Taylor and Juwann Winfree are glorified practice squad players whenever they’re called up. Chris Blaire and Rico Gafford are unknown even to the most plugged-in of fans.
And that’s it.
Gutekunst and the Packers have a ton of work to fix this abysmal situation, and they still can fix it, but it now looks awful right now.
Is Green Bay’s wideout depth chart ‘really’ the worst in the NFL?
This is not a conversation you want your team to be in if you’re a Packers fan, but realistically right now, it’s a conversation that can be had.
Looking at the bottom few teams in the league from last season, perhaps only the Houston Texans have it as bad or worse than Green Bay at the moment.
That’s not good company to be in.
The Texans at least have Brandin Cooks signed for another season, and he’s coming off a 90 reception, 1,037 yard, and six touchdown campaign catching passes from Davis Mills and Tyrod Taylor in 2021.
Plop him on Green Bay’s roster, and he’d immediately be the Packers’ best wideout, surpassing Lazard in a heartbeat.
That’s about all the Texans have to work with at the moment, though, with Nico Collins and Chris Conley combining for 769 yards and just three touchdowns between them last season.
The Texans don’t have much, but they do have Cooks, and that’s more than what Green Bay can say at the moment.
The good news: The Packers can fix their abysmal wide receiver depth chart
If this is how Green Bay started the season it would be easy to predict disaster, even with a back-to-back MVP quarterback captaining the ship.
The good news for the Packers is that they still have time to bolster the wide receiver depth, and there are a few veteran free agents who would look good in green and gold.
The Packers also have four picks in the first two rounds of the upcoming NFL Draft. He’s known for zigging when everyone else is zagging, but Gutekunst needs to find at least one stud receiver with those first few picks.
Green Bay could still enter the 2022 season with a dynamic group of players at wide receiver and it’s worth betting on the fact that they will.
As of right now, though?
The Packers easily have the worst wideout depth in the NFL.