3 moves Packers can make to replace Allen Lazard at wide receiver

Green Bay Packers, Allen Lazard (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
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2. Trade for Curtis Samuel

Another affordable move the Packers could make would be to trade for Curtis Samuel.

Samuel would add versatility to the Packers offense. Like we’ve seen with Tyler Ervin, LaFleur could move Samuel around the field, create confusion for defenses, and create some big plays. According to Michael F. Florio of NFL Network, last week, Samuel played just over a quarter of his snaps in the backfield, 39 percent in the slot, and 18 percent out wide.

In three games this season, Samuel has caught 11 of 14 targets for 96 yards, while also rushing nine times for 38 yards. Since the start of 2018, Samuel has 11 receiving touchdowns and three rushing touchdowns.

Samuel is a talented player and he could make a difference for the Packers. I’d love to see LaFleur find ways to get him the football.

The move would also be affordable. Samuel’s cap hit is just over $2 million this season, according to Over The Cap, and he becomes a free agent next spring.

So, why would a move make sense for the Carolina Panthers?

The Panthers are 1-2, so still can get back into playoff contention, but they are unlikely to make the postseason. Carolina also signed Robby Anderson this past offseason to pair with DJ Moore. Anderson and Moore have dominated the targets this season with Samuel the third choice. When Christian McCaffrey returns from injury, Samuel’s role in the receiving game could drop even more.