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The Green Bay Packers’ wide receiving corps is apparently tired of being scapegoated for the team’s offensive struggles.
Jeremy Fowler of ESPN reported the criticism of the receivers “isn’t sitting well” given Aaron Rodgers’ decision to not attend voluntary offseason workouts.
The Green Bay offense has been completely lacking in chemistry all season, with Rodgers going from back-to-back MVP to one of the worst starting quarterbacks in football. Rodgers currently sits 27th among starters in QBR, and his seven interceptions are already the most he’s had over a full season since 2016.
No Packers wideout is currently on pace to top 1,000 receiving yards. Allen Lazard leads the team with 427 yards on 30 receptions, but he’s been nowhere near a consistently reliable target. Rookies Romeo Doubs and Christian Watson have dealt with injuries and have not been particularly impressive when they’ve been on the field.
While there may be some merit in criticizing Rodgers for skipping out on OTAs, the Packers had an entire training camp and more than two months of a regular season to fix things. They scored nine points against the Detroit Lions defense on Sunday.
Much of the fault here lies at the feet of the front office, which traded Davante Adams without a clear plan on how to replace him. The Packers had two first-round picks and selected a pair of defensive players before taking a gamble on Watson at the top of the second round. It’s fair to wonder whether the front office should have used those two firsts to move up and select Chris Olave or Garrett Wilson.
Watson was always going to be a project after playing at FCS North Dakota State, and Rodgers turns 39 in December. He’s not exactly on a patient timeline.
Regardless, following more silence from Lambeau at the trade deadline, it’s clear the offensive misfires lay mostly at the feet of the people making roster decisions.