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Packers wide receiver Allen Lazard on Clubhouse Live: 'We still have room for improvement'

Brett Christopherson
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Green Bay Packers wide receiver Allen Lazard (left) co-hosted Monday's Clubhouse Live. Lazard's guest was tight end Robert Tonyan (right).

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Allen Lazard co-hosted Monday's Clubhouse Live, USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin’s live weekly football show. Packers tight end Robert Tonyan was Lazard’s guest.

Among the topics they touched on were offensive efficiency, preparing to go without Davante Adams, defensive attention and the Packers' balance at tight end. The show can be seen live on any of our USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin Facebook pages or websites, including clubhouselive.com. It can also be seen on our YouTube channel.

Here are select and edited answers from the interview:

WATCH:  Clubhouse Live with Allen Lazard and Robert Tonyan

Q: You guys are conditioned to be extremely confident in what you do and how you prepare, but is there anything that has surprised you about your fast offensive start?

Lazard: No. I think reaching that threshold of (scoring) 50 (points) is not too far-fetched. Obviously, we put up 37 (Sunday) night, and we still left a few plays out there. Had to settle for a field goal when we probably should have punched the ball in for a few drives. And we got that fourth-down stop, as well. We still have room for improvement, room to keep on growing, room to keep on getting better every single day. Until we're striving for that perfection of a 100 percent game, we're going to keep on working.

Q: Did you change your mindset in any way knowing there was a good possibility that Davante Adams wouldn't be able to play against the Saints? Or was it business as usual for you as far as your preparation?

Lazard: Knowing that he wasn't going go to go — probably not going to be able to play on Sunday — going into the week and kind of preparing, I was getting ready to have more targets, having a little bit more of a step-up game so to speak, knowing that he wasn't going to be out there. I prepared just like I normally do, obviously. I spent a lot of time visualizing and focusing on making plays — seeing myself making plays. I think that really helped put myself in position to go out there and make those plays. 

Q: How have you noticed if defenses have altered the way they're now defending you, especially as you've emerged as a big-play threat?

Lazard: The biggest thing I've noticed this year is that teams like to really try to stop the run. I think a little bit is from my blocking and what I bring to the table as far as insert blocking, blocking on safeties, blocking on linebackers, corners — whatever it may be. But obviously, the production that Aaron Jones has had the first two games. You saw how strategic the Saints were on trying to keep him in and control him throughout the entire night. So him and his presence, as well as Jamaal (Williams), helped me be able to go out there and make plays.

Q: The tight end group of yourself, Marcedes Lewis and Jace Sternberger combined on nine catches for 104 yards and two touchdowns against the Saints. Is that what we should expect out of that room this season? A balanced approach with different guys stepping up at different times?

Tonyan: I think it's just us when our number's called, making plays. Whoever's in or whatever personnel's in, whatever (Coach) Matt's (LaFleur) calling that day — whatever's going to work — I think that just goes across the board with the offense, as well. From receiver to the backfield, from 1s to the 3s, we have talent. When someone comes off the field, the next guy up, and they've got to be ready to make a play.

Contact Brett Christopherson at (920) 993-7117 or bchristopherson@gannett.com. Follow him on Twitter at @PCBrettC.