Packers: 2022 Travis Fulgham could be 2019 Allen Lazard

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The Green Bay Packers made news this week after claiming wide receiver Travis Fulgham off waivers, who spent nine days with the team in 2020.

This came after a couple of practices in which the younger receivers on the Packers continued to make a couple of errors and mental mistakes.

Fulgham has bounced around the league in his soon-to-be four-year career. He was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the sixth round in 2019.

Then, he spent 2020 with the Packers and Philadelphia Eagles. After being released by Philadelphia in 2021, he would go on to spend time on the practice squads of the Miami Dolphins and Denver Broncos. The 26-year-old is quite the journeyman.

The Virginia native does have a brief history of production. In 2020 with the Eagles, he fought his way onto the team’s 53-man roster and ended up leading them in receiving for that season (539 yards).

In Weeks 4-8 that season, he was particularly impressive. He caught 29 passes for 438 yards and four touchdowns. His impact on the Eagles in 2020 was quite similar to the one of Allen Lazard’s in 2019.

Lazard’s breakout season came in 2019 as he ended up finishing second on the team in receiving.

One particularly memorable moment came on a Monday night in mid-October. The former Iowa State Cyclone emerged as a key target for Aaron Rodgers en route to a 23-22 win over the rival Detroit Lions. Now, he is the team’s No. 1 receiver entering the 2022 season.

Could Fulgham be that player for Rodgers this season? He has familiarity with the Packers and their system.

Remember, the last team he spent time with was the Denver Broncos and former Packers offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett.

He brings size (6-2, 215 lbs). He has seen a lot in his short time in the league. It will be an uphill battle for him to make the final roster considering there are two games left in the preseason, including one that takes place against the Saints Friday night at Lambeau Field.

But if he can make a great impression on this team like the one he made in Philadelphia, he could become a trusted option in the passing attack. He has a history of production. He has strong physical characteristics. He also has more experience than rookies Christian Watson and Romeo Doubs, as well as second-year receiver Amari Rodgers.

Keep an eye on Travis Fulgham.