Packers confident in young receiver group heading into 2019?
A lot has been made of the relationship between Aaron Rodgers and his young wide receivers in Green Bay since Bleacher Report released its bombshell story earlier this month, but the Packers don’t seem nearly as concerned about the position as you might expect.
ESPN’s Rob Demovsky reports that there is a growing sense among Packers decision-makers that wide receiver is not among the top-four positions the team needs to address in the NFL Draft. That is somewhat surprising considering how young and inexperienced Green Bay’s receivers are beyond Davante Adams, but new head coach Matt LaFleur says he is excited about the potential.
“I’m excited; this is certainly one of the longer receiving corps I’ve had a chance to work with,” LaFleur said earlier in the offseason. “There’s still so many things to like about them. Davante, he can do it all. All those young guys can run and can really take the top off. That’s an important piece to our offense.”
The Packers lost Randall Cobb, who was once one of Rodgers’ favorite targets, in free agency. However, they will get Geronimo Allison back after the 25-year-old appeared in just five games last season due to an abdominal injury. Green Bay is also hoping for second-year leaps from J’Mon Moore, Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Equanimeous St. Brown, all of whom were drafted by the team last year.
While Bleacher Report’s big story had mostly to do with the supposedly toxic relationship between Rodgers and former Packers coach Mike McCarthy, there was a lot of information from anonymous sources that made it seem like Rodgers doesn’t trust any of Green Bay’s young receivers. Perhaps that narrative was a bit overblown.