With the selection of Romeo Doubs and Christian Watson, the Green Bay Packers are slowly but surely rebuilding the receiving corps and trying to replace two key receivers who they lost in the offseason.
The past three seasons with Matt LaFleur as head coach have been great. He led the Packers to a 39-9 record, two NFC Championship games, and three overall playoff berths (two of which included the top seed).
These past three years included a dominant offense featuring star receiver Davante Adams and key role player Marquez Valdes-Scantling. With those two offensive weapons gone, there is a lot of change needed to be done by MLF and this Packers offense.
For a long time, Packers fans have become used to the team having a strong offensive core and a mediocre defense. But now, the offense looks to be the struggling unit.
LaFleur has an opportunity to prove himself as more than an under-appreciated coach this season and a true elite coach in the eyes of COTY voters. With a Hall-of-Fame quarterback under center in Aaron Rodgers, and a hungry offensive core that wants to prove the doubters wrong, it is possible the offense could be as explosive as usual.
It is likely Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon are getting more reps than they did last year to make up for the loss in receivers.
With Allen Lazard shifting into the premier receiver position in the absence of Davante Adams, it is likely that the offense will morph into an offensive scheme most reliant on short passes and runs, much like Matt LaFleur’s former coaching mate Kyle Shanahan in San Francisco.
I have no doubts that the Packers offense won’t produce as well as they did last season. If anything, Aaron Jones will have a standout year as both a runner and pass catcher, making up for the loss in the wide receiver corps. It all depends on how Matt LaFleur adjusts to having two rookie wide receivers.