Packers: Top 5 priorities for general manager Brian Gutekunst this offseason

ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 22: Jordy Nelson
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3. Add talent at wide receiver, tight end

Davante Adams has emerged as a premier option in Green Bay’s passing attack, but Gutekunst must add more receiving talent to the roster.

Even if Jordy Nelson sees out the remainder of his contract, he’s not the player he once was. Randall Cobb is still an asset in the slot, but he’s struggled to find consistency, failing to hit the 1,000-yard milestone since 2014.

Sam Manchester of the New York Times wrote an interesting article earlier this month, ranking the fastest to slowest receiving corps in the NFL. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Packers come in dead last.

Trevor Davis and Jeff Janis are the team’s two speedsters, but neither gets on the field regularly enough to utilize it. The Packers need to find a deep threat who can stretch defenses vertically.

Gutekunst also needs to find a tight end who can attack the middle of the field. Jared Cook was excellent when healthy two years ago, but Ted Thompson rolled the dice by replacing him with Martellus Bennett and Lance Kendricks, and it backfired.

The Packers have talented pass-catchers on the roster. Add in a genuine deep threat and a receiving tight end, and the offense can reach new heights.