1. Find pass-catching tight end
Since Jermichael Finley was lost to a career-ending neck injury in 2013, the Packers have been searching for a tight end who can open up the middle of the field in the passing game. So far, they are yet to find one.
Richard Rodgers is a talented player. He could have the best hands on the team and is a proven red zone target, hauling in eight touchdown passes in 2015 including the heroic Hail Mary reception to secure a miracle turnaround in Detroit. But his lack of speed and limited route-running ability puts a ceiling on his production.
Rodgers has a role on the Green Bay offense and that won’t change, but the Packers need to complement him with a quicker threat who can hurt defenses vertically. Hunter Henry is the top option in this year’s draft, but would likely require a first round selection. The class of tight ends is thin, but Tyler Higbee could be a perfect fit for Green Bay in the mid-rounds.
An option in free agency would be Ladarius Green should he fail to reach an agreement with the Chargers. Jordan Cameron could be on his way out of Miami, which could give the Packers’ new tight ends coach Brian Angelichio a chance to reunite with the player he coached in Cleveland.
Coach McCarthy has expressed his desire to find someone capable of opening up the middle of the field. He loves to utilize tight ends, and the Packers need to go get one.