Green Bay Packers head coach Matt LaFleur couldn’t help but admit today that the team is lacking the in-house answers to fill some of their massive wide receiver holes.
The Packers will have a whole bunch of receiving yards to make up in 2022. New Las Vegas Raider Davante Adams is a superstar talent and there is a reason he is now the highest-paid wideout in the game. His 1,553 yards, 123 catches, and 11 touchdowns are awe-inspiring numbers and close to what two solid WR could rack up in the league combined.
However, not only did they trade away Adams earlier this month, but the Packers also lost their third-best receiver in 2021, Marques Valdes-Scantling, to the Kansas City Chiefs in free agency. It’s bad enough losing an All-Pro talent, but the Packers now have to fill two of the top three spots in their receiving corp. The state of the team’s pass-catchers group is as weak as it’s been in years, and coach Matt LaFleur admitted as much on Tuesday during his press conference at the annual league meetings when he said the offense has a big “legit guy” hole to fill.
“If you look at our roster right now, we definitely need to get some speed in that room,” LaFleur said. “We need a legit guy that can take off the top of the coverage. We lost a guy that was pretty good at doing that. It’s like putting a puzzle together. You’ve got to find those pieces that you’re missing and put it all together.”
With many of the best free-agent options off the board, Green Bay doesn’t have a ton of choices to make up for what they have lost offensively over the last week. However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t strong options available. Here are three wide receivers that could be a big help in addressing LaFleur’s needs for 2022.
Jarvis Landry offers an immediate fix for Green Bay Packers
Jarvis Landry being available this off-season was a bit surprising since he isn’t that far removed from three straight Pro Bowl appearances and is only 29. However, when the Cleveland Browns traded for Dallas Cowboys WR Amari Cooper, Landry became expendable.
- Jarvis Landry stats (2021): 570 passing yards, 52 catches, 2 TDs
In terms of pure talent, he may be the best option still left on the market. The former Dolphin is the one player that is a lock to jump into the offense and contribute by having last season’s MVP Aaron Rodgers tossing him the ball. However, reports claim he is looking for a $20 million per year deal. With only $15 million in cap space, the Packers are not going to pay anywhere near that.
However, if Landry finally has a “come to Jesus” moment and realizes he will need to take a prove-it contract so he can build his brand for the next offseason, there is no better option than Rodgers and the Packers offense.