Who says the Green Bay Packers haven’t given Aaron Rodgers enough help?
Last season, the Packers’ offense led the league in scoring, leading to Rodgers winning his third NFL MVP award. Rodgers’ incredible play was key to the Packers’ offensive success, but he didn’t do it alone.
Along with having a dominant offensive line in front of him, a group that ranked second by Pro Football Focus for 2020, he also had good weapons around him.
Entering the 2021 season, ESPN’s Bill Barnwell has ranked every team’s offensive weapons, with the Packers coming in at No. 11. That’s hardly an offense not giving its star quarterback enough help.
Barnwell praises Davante Adams’ outstanding play from last season, as well Robert Tonyan’s breakout year along with the contributions from the other wide receivers. He does question whether AJ Dillon is ready to replace Jamaal Williams as the number two running back.
It’s a fair question to ask, especially as Dillon didn’t play a whole lot of snaps last season and he needs to improve his pass protection and receiving work to catch Williams. However, Dillon did impress in his limited opportunities and looked great as a runner, averaging 5.3 yards per carry. I’m extremely confident that Dillon will have a strong second season.
Barnwell didn’t mention the Packers’ addition of third-round pick Amari Rodgers, who can make an immediate impact this season. Devin Funchess is effectively a new signing too as he didn’t play last year.
Overall, it’s hard to have too many complaints with the rankings. Green Bay has two superstars in Davante Adams and Aaron Jones, but lacks the great depth teams like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans, and Cleveland Browns have.
What is for sure is that the Packers have plenty of great offensive weapons along with a strong offensive line for their quarterback, whether it’s Rodgers or not.