Five Packers to watch vs. Raiders in Week 7 matchup
By Jesse Fry
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.