3. Allen Lazard
“I’m not worried about him at all stepping into that role,” said Aaron Rodgers about Allen Lazard potentially becoming the Packers’ WR1 this season. “I know how he takes care of his body, and I know he’ll be ready when he’s here.”
Over the past three seasons, Lazard has earned Rodgers’ confidence and trust. He has consistently made plays in this offense and is also an outstanding blocker. Lazard does everything the Packers want from their wide receivers.
He is now the frontrunner to begin the season as Green Bay’s WR1.
Davante Adams and Marquez Valdes-Scantling are gone, so Lazard becomes the obvious replacement while the Packers’ rookie receivers are eased in.
Lazard played a complementary role in 2021 but made the most of his opportunities down the stretch. In the final six games, Lazard made 23 catches for 303 yards and five touchdowns.
He has also shown potential as the Packers’ top target. In Week 3 of the 2020 season, Adams was inactive in Green Bay’s game at New Orleans. Lazard stepped up with six catches for 146 yards and a touchdown.
Entering a contract year, Lazard has the opportunity to make the WR1 spot his and earn a big payday next spring.
Lazard had a career year in 2021. He will be even better this season.