5 key takeaways from Packers’ cuts and initial 2021 roster

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Packers have great depth at wide receiver

One of the areas the Packers have great depth is at wide receiver.

With Devin Funchess released off injured reserve and Juwann Winfree dealing with a shoulder injury, Malik Taylor became the clear frontrunner for the WR6 spot. Taylor provides some depth on offense and offers a lot on special teams.

Winfree was one of the standouts of the summer before getting hurt, and he returns to the practice squad. He could be called on later in the season. Equanimeous St. Brown, the Packers’ WR5 last season, also returns to the practice squad.

It’s hard to argue with the top five.

Davante Adams is an All-Pro. No receiver in football outplayed him last season. Marquez Valdes-Scantling is an ascending player and led the NFL in yards per reception in 2020. He’s an excellent deep threat. Allen Lazard is a reliable target who doesn’t make many mistakes.

Randall Cobb returns this season. He’s still an excellent slot receiver who brings plenty of experience, has great chemistry with Aaron Rodgers, and is strong after the catch. Rookie Amari Rodgers is the future in that role. For this season, he could be used in plenty of creative ways similar to how Matt LaFleur got Tyler Ervin involved the past couple of years.

Overall, the Packers have strong depth and lots of talent at wide receiver.