5 players the Packers must part ways with in 2023

Green Bay Packers, Sammy Watkins (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers, Sammy Watkins (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /
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Green Bay Packers, Sammy Watkins
Green Bay Packers, Sammy Watkins (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images) /

Sammy Watkins

With Randall Cobb out and Allen Lazard dealing with an injury, the Packers desperately needed Sammy Watkins to step up as one of the team’s veteran wide receivers. But outside of a solid performance in Week 3 against the Chicago Bears, Watkins has barely made an impact.

Over the past two games, Aaron Rodgers has targeted Watkins six times, but it has resulted in only two catches for 12 yards.

Communication is an issue. Rodgers and Watkins too often don’t look on the same page. Against the Detroit Lions, Rodgers was expecting Watkins to run a fade in the end zone, but Watkins cut inside. It led to an incompletion.

In Week 3, Watkins caught three passes for 93 yards against the Bears. But in the other four games he has played, he has a total of seven receptions for 66 yards.

Watkins is supposed to be one of the Packers’ trusted veteran wide receivers. But when the Packers have desperately needed a receiver to step up this season, Watkins hasn’t made an impact.

If the Packers didn’t have so many injuries at wide receiver, a case could be made for moving on now, or reducing his snap counts, at least.

It’s fair to assume Watkins won’t be back in 2023.