The Green Bay Packers raised more than a few eyebrows when they chose not to add a veteran ride receiver in free agency with the departure of Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson in consecutive seasons.
This clearly signaled the team was comfortable with Geronimo Allison plus second-year players Marquez-Valdes-Scantling and Equanimeous St. Brown behind Davante Adams who is arguably one of the top-five receivers in the league.
The decision to go with youngsters won’t be proven right or wrong until the season gets underway, but those closely observing training camp are noticing Aaron Rodgers targeting Adams much more heavily than the other receivers.
Is this necessarily a bad thing? No, but also yes.
Adams is the best option on every play and should be Rodgers’ first or second read on nearly every pass play. Playmakers are going to get the ball and Adams likely will get another season of 170+ targets and for good reason. The two are on another level and Adams has proven himself difficult to contain. Of course they’re going to constantly go to this well.
This might also be a case of Rodgers still adjusting to head coach Matt LaFleur’s system he’s utilizing Adams as a security blanket until he’s more settled in. That’s more than fair for a veteran like the two-time MVP.
Yet how are the younger receivers supposed to develop any kind of rapport with Rodgers if he isn’t throwing to them enough in practice? We aren’t seeing everything they’ve been doing behind the scenes, but will the rest of the receivers take advantage of light coverage thanks to the attention Adams is surely to draw? That is the great unknown and it could be a primary narrative early if the offense struggles in the first few games.
The Packers don’t seem to worry about the balance of targets being off, so maybe this is much ado about nothing. Rodgers targeted Jordy Nelson frequently too and the offense hummed. Yet with a new system in place, it’s difficult to see how this would all work.
As the saying goes, “time will tell.”
Now onto today’s curds.
You’d think one of the other receivers would begin to emerge, but we might have to wait until the preseason games start to get a clearer picture of who WR2 will be behind Adams.
The headline begs the biggest question the offense faces from a talent standpoint. Every receiver brings something unique to the table. The only question is are those enough ingredients to satisfy the demanding Rodgers?
You know what they say, “Iron Sharpens Iron.”
Here’s hoping Jaire Alexander/Kevin King can be the next Bob Jeter/Herb Adderley.
Hopefully we aren’t dealing with a Seven Dwarfs-back as a result of this but I wouldn’t be mad if diamonds starting falling from the sky.