Five Packers to watch vs. Raiders in Week 7 matchup

Green Bay Packers, Allen Lazard (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN – OCTOBER 14: Allen Lazard #13 of the Green Bay Packers catches a touchdown in the fourth quarter Justin Coleman #27 of the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field on October 14, 2019 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images) /

1. Allen Lazard

Down two receivers and two scores, the team needed someone to step up. Allen Lazard did. Just as he did all preseason long, Lazard showed he belongs in the rotation at receiver. This week he might get his first start.

It’s hard to see Geronimo Allison being cleared in time for Sunday. He suffered a vicious hit to the head and was also being evaluated for a chest injury.

It was reported by ESPN’s Rob Demovsky that Rodgers lobbied for Lazard to get the playing time in the fourth quarter. That bodes well for the young receiver. He has at least gained the trust of his star QB.

Lazard has a lot to offer the offense. At six-foot-five and 225 pounds, he has the size needed to bully his way over smaller corners. With 4.55-second 40-yard dash, he has enough speed to hold his own.

Now, he’ll have to put it together with a team aiming to take him out of the game.

Lazard no doubt has a tough task ahead of him. But this is the opportunity every young guy asks for. He already has the confidence of his quarterback, now he just needs to go out there and produce.