Heading into the 2022 season, the Packers had a big challenge on offense: they had to replace Davante Adams. Of course, replacing him on a one-to-one basis was never going to happen. There are few, if any, players in the NFL who could replace what Adams brought to the offense, and none of them were available to the Packers anyway.
Instead, the Packers tried to replace Adams with volume. Between holdovers Allen Lazard, Randall Cobb, and Robert Tonyan, free agent signing Sammy Watkins, and draft picks Christian Watson, Romeo Doubs, and Samori Toure, the hope was that they could produce a competent enough passing offense to offset the loss of Adams.
It didn’t work, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the idea was unsound. In fact, the Packers doubled down on the strategy for 2023. Instead of banking on one big swing, they added three more draft picks (Luke Musgrave, Jayden Reed, and Dontayvion Wicks) and noteworthy undrafted free agent Malik Heath, and again banked on volume. And after a rough start, it’s basically working.
There is no single straw stirring the drink in the passing attack, but the Packers are a versatile, variable offense and each week it feels like someone new could be the star. Obviously you’d still love it if someone emerged as something resembling the superstar that Adams was, but for where the Packers are right now, what they have is plenty.
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