Packers: Top five performers vs. Panthers in Week 10 win
By Jesse Fry
5. Allen Lazard
No other young player has seized their moment like Allen Lazard. Thought to mostly help out on special teams coming into the season, Lazard has developed into the Packers’ number two receiver and was the de facto number one when Adams was out.
Lazard’s numbers were modest (three catches for 27 yards), but what speaks volumes to his development is Rodgers seems to look for him at critical moments like third down.
Lazard has also been an asset in the run game as his blocking has been pretty good. He was the lone receiver on the field for Aaron Jones’ one-yard touchdown run.
Jake Kumerow also seems to be getting more playing time as of late. And it wouldn’t surprise me to see more of Lazard and Kumerow after the bye.
The Packers now get a week to rest after a 8-2 start. The team will hit the ground running after the break as they face the NFC West-leading 49ers.
A break from what has become the norm in Green Bay, the Packers do not have any major injuries and are about as healthy as can be, so they can use the break to focus on a few new wrinkles for the home stretch and not have to worry about who will be there.
I expect there to be a couple of nice surprises after the bye. But for now, the Packers can enjoy first place in the NFC North and a week to rest and get ready for what will be a playoff push.