Packers: 5 position battles to watch at training camp 2020

Green Bay Packers, Jake Kumerow (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Wide receiver

Davante Adams is a top-five wide receiver. After that, there are a lot of questions. Will Devin Funchess return to 2017 form and be the missing link? Will Marquez Valdes-Scantling realize his potential? Is Allen Lazard the answer next to Adams? What can Equanimeous St. Brown bring after spending all of 2019 on IR? Can Reggie Begelton bring CFL success to the NFL?

The list of questions goes on and let’s not forget about fan-favorite Jake Kumerow or if the tight ends can add to the pass-catching group.

The Packers ignored the receiver position during the draft. In a draft that had a plethora of talent and every type of receiver you could ask for, the Packers preferred status quo and said nah to the position.

Whether or not that is a mistake remains to be seen. It will be harped on again that rookies will have a hard time this year so it may take more than this season to know that answer. But it wouldn’t have hurt to add more to the room.

Allen Lazard is probably the frontrunner for the WR2 spot. But it won’t matter who wins that battle because there are still two to three other spots that will see production in the Packers offense.

Matt LaFleur likes to use multiple receiver sets and multiple receivers in those sets. Six different receivers caught passes for the Packers last season and I would expect the plan would be to use that many again this year.

But who starts alongside Adams, sees the most action other than Adams and who are the next two in the top three still has to be determined.

The tight ends will also factor into the plans in the passing game. But their depth is pretty much set with Marcedes Lewis leading the way followed by Jace Sternberger, Robert Tonyan and h-back/tight end Josiah Deguara all playing a role.

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So the biggest and most intense battle will come at receiver.