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Thursday Cheese Curds: Packers now must look in the mirror for answer at wide receiver

Unfortunately the reflection staring back might not be the most pleasing to the eye, but there is hope.

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The NFL trade deadline has come and gone and the Green Bay Packers are stuck right back where they started.

After failing to come to terms with the Houston Texans in a trade for wide receiver Will Fuller, Green Bay will have to look at their current roster for improvement at the position.

Needless to say, there’s little hope for optimism but there’s hope nonetheless.

Getting Allen Lazard back will be huge. The Lizard’s return will draw at least some attention away from Davante Adams and give Aaron Rodgers a second reliable target.

It’s there that the problem lays. Rodgers has targets but they aren’t reliable. Marquez Valdes-Scantling is who he is at this point: a speedy receiver that has incredibly inconsistent hands. It’s becoming clear he isn’t the answer at WR3.

So how about Equanimeous St. Brown? He’s seen very limited time in the lineup but when he has been on the field the results have been underwhelming. St. Brown was considered the more ready player when he was drafted alongside Valdes-Scantling in 2018, but he hasn’t panned out either.

This means the Packers have who they have at receiver. It’s definitely not where they want to be and further undermines the missed opportunity they had to draft a receiver in April.

Thankfully Robert Tonyan has emerged as a great receiving tight end and even Jace Sternberger has shown flashes the last couple games. A solid tight end duo might be enough to offset the weakness at receiver and that’s something the Packers will haven’t to bank on the rest of the way.

Now for today’s curds.

Packers must look inward for answers after passing on deadline deal—PackersNews.com

After failing to agree with Houston on compensation for Fuller, the Packers will have to look within for the answer to their receiver woes and from the looks of it, it’s not a satisfactory one. Thank goodness for Big Bob.

Packers’ defense needs to ‘change it up’ and ‘disguise it’—Packers.com

If by ‘change it up’ they mean performing competently and by ‘disguise it’ they mean hiding the stench of recent games then I am in complete agreement with the defensive coaches here.

Why Davante Adams turned out better than all of the Green Bay Packers’ ‘special’ receivers—ESPN

Despite the current problems, the Packers have had great receivers over the past decade. Jordy Nelson. Donald Driver. Greg Jennings. James Jones. Yet Adams might be the best of them all and it sure didn’t look that way in 2015.

Aaron Rodgers accepts challenge of potentially playing without top 3 RBs—NFL.com

RB4 in the backfield tonight against the San Francisco 49ers? “Challenge accepted” says the two-time MVP.

Overturned semi spills cases of beer across lanes of highway—UPI

No word on what beer it was but this is a tragedy. Pour one out.