All we've been hearing about is how bad the Green Bay Packers offense is going to be sans Aaron Rodgers. Few are actually talking about the upside of this group.
The Packers hit the reset button on offense this spring. Gone are longtime starters like Aaron Rodgers, Allen Lazard, Randall Cobb, Marcedes Lewis, and Robert Tonyan.
It's a new era in Green Bay, but the Packers have invested a lot into their offense, giving them a great chance of building one of the league's best units in time.
The Packers may lack experience at many positions on offense, but they make up for that in talent. Experience will come.
While there will be ups and downs this season as the Packers adjust, the upside for this group is through the roof. But don't just take my word for it.
ESPN's Louis Riddick reveals bold prediction for Packers offense the fans will love
ESPN's Louis Riddick believes the Packers' new-look offense has a lot of potential.
Speaking on NFL Live, Riddick stressed the importance of the Packers taking it slow and having patience. But he believes the sky is the limit for this group.
Riddick said: "If they can lean on that offensive line which should be one of the best in football, their running back tandem that's one of the best in football, and they can get Jordan to believe, not turn the football over and gradually build, over the next season and over the next couple of years, this could be one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL."
"I think it has unlimited upside, but you have to take it slow and be willing to live with the bumps in the road," Riddick added.
It's high praise from Riddick, but he's spot on.
Forget Aaron Rodgers and the veterans who have left. Why can't the young players on the roster grow and help turn Green Bay's offense into one of the league's best?
The Packers have invested heavily in the offense in recent years.
Not only was Jordan Love a first-round pick, but the Packers traded up to get him. He has since had three years to develop and learn from Aaron Rodgers.
Green Bay spent second-round picks on receivers Christian Watson and Jayden Reed, as well as tight end Luke Musgrave. It picked tight end Tucker Kraft in the third round. The Packers have drafted six wide receivers over the past two years.
Watson dealt with injuries early in his rookie season, but after putting that behind him, he was unstoppable, finding the end zone eight times in the final eight games. It was the opposite for Romeo Doubs, who made a fast start before injury halted his momentum.
Together, Watson and Doubs showed a ton of promise.
The Packers have now added two of the best tight ends from a deep draft class. Musgrave and Kraft are elite athletes with all the tools to become outstanding starters. As Riddick notes, they need time, but their potential is huge.
This group lacks experience, but that will change as the weeks and months go on. One benefit is being able to turn to an experienced offensive line and running back room, with leaders like David Bakhtiari and Aaron Jones still there.
Many have been quick to write off the Packers' offense without Rodgers and even dismiss the receiving corps as it's unproven. But given time, this group can be special.
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