Morning Buzz: Can Packers afford upgrade at WR?
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We’ll start with Michael Cohen’s look at the wide receivers and tight ends for our positional review series.
From the moment quarterback Aaron Rodgers broke his collarbone in Week 6 last season, the production from Green Bay Packers wide receivers and tight ends had to be accompanied by an asterisk.
Backup Brett Hundley simply couldn’t run the offense in a way that involved the majority of his weapons, and nearly everyone experienced a decrease in output from the middle of October through the end of the season.
The B-side of that record, however, was the uncovering of serious deficiencies without the precision and preternatural instincts of Rodgers, who often threw his receivers open based on his talents alone. Which is why new general manager Brian Gutekunst will face several difficult decisions when selecting his 53-man roster. He and his personnel department must try to analyze last year’s tape and apply their findings to an offense run by Rodgers instead of Hundley.
Once again, depth was not a problem for the Packers when the 2017 season began; they kept three tight ends and five wide receivers. But too many of those players were incapable of producing, weren't trusted by the coaching staff or both, and the end result was a finite group of contributors for positions that took up a large chunk of the overall roster.
I had a late Wednesday afternoon chat with readers via Facebook Live:
Elsewhere, Mel Kiper and Todd McShay have the Packers getting a pass rusher in the draft:
ACME Packing Company pumps up Blake Martinez:
Zachary Jacobson makes the case for a safety at 14:
Packers Wire has four important offseason questions:
A couple of American curlers are emulating Aaron Rodgers at the Olympics:
LeRoy Butler supports Mike McCarthy:
Pro Football Rumors has the Packers' top 3 needs for the offseason:
Corey Linsley appeared on the Eleven Warriors podcast:
Packers Film Room always has some great cut-ups on their timeline: