It was a rough night for the “echo chamber” that believe the Packers should have drafted a wide receiver in the first round.
The Packers have not used their first-round pick on a receiver since Javon Walker in 2002.
Who cares anymore?
They did not have Davante Adams Sunday night and chances are he won’t be suiting up for Atlanta either.
Who steps up?
Fourth-year wideout Allen Lazard.
Lazard had arguably his best game as a Packer catching two major deep passes for 48 and 72 yards off single man coverage. The 2018 undrafted free agent (who was cut by Green Bay last year) caught six balls for 146 yards and a touchdown in the 37-27 win over the Saints.
His biggest strength was catching the ball on third down, according to Matt Schneidman of the Athletic. Lazard was targeted 23 times and caught 16. Of the 16, 15 were for a first down.
Lazard has shown that he can block on the run, he will grab it in the middle of the field, he will catch it off the sideline. He’s not afraid to make plays and that is scary for future opponents.
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- All I heard is how Aaron Rodgers was mad at the Packers front office for drafting Utah State quarterback Jordan Love. Really? I saw a quarterback who was behind Brett Favre (drafted 24th overall in 2005) who knows what Favre dealt with being the “old gun” while the young Rodgers was waiting for his chance. It will be a while. In 2019, Rodgers only had four touchdowns, 647 yards, and completing nearly 60 percent of his passes. This year, nearly 900 yards, nine touchdowns, and his completion percentage is at 68 percent. By the way, Rodgers could not stop smiling last night.
- As I always do, I tell “both sides of the story.” While the defensive coaching is respectable with Mike Pettine (yes, I said it). The players either cannot tackle or are injured. The most glaring highlight was Saints running back Alvin Kamara’s 52-yard scamper for a touchdown. It was off a screen on the left. Will Redmond tried for a shoestring tackle, Ty Summers was thrown off, Jaire Alexander tried a shoulder shiver. It was atrocious to watch. Meanwhile, they lost linebacker Christian Kirksey and safety Raven Greene to injury. Thank goodness for Za’Darius Smith’s fumble recovery in the fourth quarter.
- Questions were answered with the depth at tight end. Robert Tonyan had five passes for 55 yards and caught a touchdown pass for the second week in a row. 36-year-old Marcedes Lewis joined in on the fun with an 18-yard touchdown catch off the left sideline. However, the player who finally broke out was Jace Sternberger who had three catches for 36 yards, including a 25-yard pass on the game-winning drive.