There has been plenty of changes made to the pass catching group of the Green Bay Packers. This was expected as team is looking to get younger across the board in the post-Aaron Rodgers era.
Gone are the likes of Allen Lazard, Randall Cobb, Marcedes Lewis, and Robert Tonyan. Taking their place is a group consisting of Christian Watson, Romeo Doubs, Jayden Reed, Luke Musgrave, and Tucker Kraft.
But where do they rank when compared to other groups of pass catchers in the NFL?
Not particularly high in the eyes of Ryan McCrystal of Sharp Football Analysis. McCrystal has the Packers' group coming in at 27th overall.
"The Packers are going through a youth movement in their receiving corps, pairing Christian Watson with fellow 2022 rookie Romeo Doubs and this year's second-round pick Jayden Reed. Starting tight end Luke Musgrave is also a rookie second rounder, and they added Tucker Kraft in the third round. As a result, the Packers didn't receive any votes above 25th in this category."- Sharp Football Analysis
Does this really come as a surprise to anyone? The team is banking on Watson, Doubs, Reed, Musgrave, and Kraft developing chemistry with their new starting quarterback. Green Bay is hoping that this group can grow together with Jordan Love in order to return to being a powerhouse, not just in the NFC North but the entire league.
As mentioned above, Green Bay saw a group of veterans depart and they are going with a more youthful group.
The Packers' decision-makers are going the more youthful route and rightfully so. Not having to cater to the demands of Aaron Rodgers makes this possible. While the team made attempts to build with the long-term viability of the franchise in mind, the presence of Rodgers did not allow them to fully go in that direction.
Being able to do so now allows a proper foundation for the future of the franchise to be put into place. It may not be easygoing at first but in the end, it is the right thing to do.