Packers: 3 positions to target ahead of trade deadline 2021
Three positions the Packers should target before the trade deadline.
On a seven-game win streak and leading the way in the NFC, if the Green Bay Packers are to do anything at the trade deadline, it should be as buyers, not sellers.
The Packers have been impressive since an opening-day loss, most recently taking down the previously-undefeated Arizona Cardinals despite missing key players and their defensive coordinator due to COVID-19.
The trade deadline is on Tuesday. Where could the Packers look to strengthen, and which players would help?
Three positions for Packers to target at trade deadline
Rasul Douglas’ arrival makes this less of a need, but cornerback depth remains a concern. We don’t yet know when Jaire Alexander will be able to return, while Kevin King has been in and out of the lineup this season due to injury.
The combination of Douglas and Eric Stokes outside and Chandon Sullivan in the slot is proving to be a solid one for the Packers, but an injury to any of this trio could create some problems in the secondary.
Green Bay should consider looking for more cornerback help, although much could depend on how likely it is Alexander will return before the playoffs.
Potential target: Kyle Fuller, Denver Broncos
2. Tight end
Green Bay will be without Robert Tonyan for the rest of the season after he suffered a torn ACL in Week 8.
Marcedes Lewis is having a great season, but most of his work is as a blocker. It will be tough for Green Bay to replace Tonyan’s pass-catching ability. Maybe second-year Josiah Deguara will step up and take on a bigger role.
Another possibility would be to make a trade for a tight end.
Potential target: Evan Engram, New York Giants
3. Running back
The Packers lost rookie running back Kylin Hill to a season-ending knee injury against Arizona. Hill didn’t play many snaps on offense with Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon getting most of the work. But without Hill, Green Bay has lost important depth at the position.
Green Bay shouldn’t make a deal for anything more than a late-round pick, but adding a running back at the deadline would make some sense.
Potential target: Ty’Son Williams, Baltimore Ravens