4 intriguing receiving threats the Packers should target

Curtis Samuel, Panthers, Packers
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The Green Bay Packers will prepare for the 2021 NFL offseason as they fell short of a Super Bowl appearance this season. The Packers, who were the top seed in the NFC in 2020, have an obvious need at wide receiver and they could look to address that this offseason.

The Packers’ lack of receiving depth was evident in the NFC Championship Game as their subpar unit was unable to keep pace with Tampa Bay’s super star unit. Aaron Rodgers needs some help on the offense and in one of the best receiving free agent markets the league has seen in a while, the Packers could splurge on a threat this offseason.

Playoff windows in the NFL close as quickly as they open and the Packers need to build around Rodgers while he’s on the roster. Rodgers put up an MVP caliber season with the Packers in 2020 and they need to build around their franchise quarterback before he requests to leave.

The Packers have expressed their loyalty and commitment to Rodgers, but now it’s time to prove their feelings. Adding some offensive weapons for Rodgers to throw to could certainly be a way to show their support of him.

Will Fuller, Houston Texans

Ever since the trade deadline in 2020, one player that has seemingly been linked hand in hand to the Packers is Will Fuller. Fuller is highly unlikely to return the Houston Texans in 2021 after serving a suspension to end the season.

Fuller, although he was limited to just 11 games, hauled in 53 receptions, 879 receiving yards (career high), a 16.6 yards per reception average (career high), and eight receiving touchdowns (career high). Fuller had a career year in Houston although he only received 75 targets his way all season.

He would be a great complimentary player alongside Davante Adams in Green Bay and Rodgers would thrive having a deep threat like Fuller on his roster. If the Packers wanted to bring in a talented target for Rodgers on offense, Fuller could be the guy they go after.

Corey Davis, Tennessee Titans

Corey Davis had a career year for the Tennessee Titans in 2020 and the Packers are likely going to be going after the 6-foot-3 wide receiver this offseason. Davis, a former number five overall pick by the Titans, is finally starting to mold into the player the Titans saw him as when they picked him in 2017.

Davis will experience his first free agent market after logging career high’s in three categories. Davis hauled in 65 receptions in 2020 for 984 receiving yards (15.1 average), and five touchdowns. Davis also hauled in 70.7 percent of his passes, which shattered his previous career high of 62.3 percent.

He would thrive in a pass-first offense like Green Bay’s and he could surpass the 1,000-yard plateau for the first time as Green Bay’s number two receiver. The Packers need a guy with great hands like Davis and his presence on the field could take the team to a whole new level.

Curtis Samuel, Carolina Panthers

Curtis Samuel is a speedy wide receiver for the Carolina Panthers, but he will likely be departing this offseason to sign with a different organization. One of the teams who is likely going to be interested in Samuel’s presence is the Green Bay Packers.

The Packers don’t have a ton of cap space to work with this offseason, so they could make up for their lack of money by signing some low-key players. One of the best guys, talent wise, on the market this offseason is Samuel. Samuel is strictly a threat with the ball in his hands and his ability to do anything asked of him would make him a valuable asset to the Packers.

Samuel hauled in a career high 77 receptions for 851 receiving yards (11.1 yards per reception) and three touchdowns. Samuel caught 79.4 percent of passes thrown his way in 2020 and the Packers could use that kind of production from their secondary receivers.

Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Chris Godwin is almost a guarantee to hit the free agent market this offseason after spending his entire career to this point with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. While Godwin is more focused on a Super Bowl ring than his next location, but we believe a great fit for him could be the Packers.

Godwin has the perfect mix of size and speed and his excellent route running will make him a coveted prospect in free agency this offseason. In 2020, Godwin hauled in 65 receptions for 840 receiving yards (12.9 yards per reception) and seven touchdowns for Tampa Bay.

He is used to playing in cold weather from his time at Penn State and would be going from one Hall of Fame quarterback to another as he could go from having Tom Brady dishing him dimes to Aaron Rodgers doing the same. The Packers could wind up being outbid by a team like the Colts for Godwin, but his presence in Green Bay would be heavily felt.

1 Comment

  1. Spotrac offers a feature for some players called “Calculated Market Value” where they compare the production of a player against recent contracts for players with similar production. You guys really need to look at these kinds of things before writing articles.

    Chris Godwin = $17.1 million
    Will Fuller = $16.9 million
    Curtis Samuel = $12.4 million
    Corey Davis = $9.8 million

    None of these guys are “low-key players” and none of them are going to get paid like it. The Packers can’t afford any of these guys, because they are already close to $32 million over the projected salary cap.

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