Packers: 5 offseason priorities to bounce back in 2018

CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 10: Davante Adams
CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 10: Davante Adams /
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CHARLOTTE, NC – DECEMBER 17: Jordy Nelson /

5. Add more receiving talent

Davante Adams is unquestionably the Packers’ best receiver. But there’s a lack of consistency among the other pass catchers.

At 32-years-old, Jordy Nelson isn’t the same playmaker he once was. His chemistry with Aaron Rodgers is still important, and a regular role in the slot has helped the veteran in the past couple of years. But he’s no longer the elite receiver who can beat defensive backs deep down field and make big, explosive plays. His role is that of a possession receiver these days.

Randall Cobb hasn’t delivered consistently since re-signing with the Packers in 2015. We’ve seen flashes, such as Cobb’s 116-yard, three-touchdown performance against the Giants in the wild-card round last year. But these big games are few and far between.

Geronimo Allison provides solid depth to the receiving corps, but speedsters Trevor Davis and Jeff Janis rarely see the field.

The tight end position also needs an upgrade. The Martellus Bennett era was short lived, and Lance Kendricks has yet to offer much as a receiver.

The Packers would be smart to add a pass catcher or two in the offseason, whether through free agency or the draft. There are a number of talented receivers set to hit free agency, such as Allen Robinson and Jarvis Landry. They will of course come at a hefty price.

Thompson restocked the running back position in the draft, and it’s paid off. The Jamaal WilliamsAaron Jones tandem looks like one the Packers will be able to lean on for a number of years.

The Packers should look for similar results in the receiving game by giving Rodgers some new targets.