The Green Bay Packers have taken a different approach on offense thus far in the 2022 season. After years of relying on Davante Adams as their go-to receiver, Aaron Rodgers is spreading the ball around more this season out of necessity. Could Odell Beckham Jr. end up being a new go-to target for Rodgers?
Adams and Marquez Valdes-Scantling, the No. 2 receiver, both left the franchise this past offseason. That left Rodgers in a tough spot needing to build chemistry with a nearly entire new group of pass catchers. Thus far the results have been mixed, but things are improving.
There are already five receivers who have surpassed the 100-yard mark this season but not a single one has surpassed the 200-yard mark yet. Rookie Romeo Doubs is pacing the team with 19 receptions for 184 yards as he and Rodgers are beginning to build a rapport.
But, this is a group that could use a veteran. Sammy Watkins was placed on IR, leaving Randall Cobb and Allen Lazard as the only experienced healthy options on the roster. Lazard has something to offer still, but Cobb’s best days are likely behind him.
There are a few good veteran free agents still available. One of them is Odell Beckham Jr., who helped the Los Angeles Rams win the Super Bowl in February but tore his ACL in the game. He is expected to return to the field until November, but Rodgers, who has a friendship with Beckham, has made it clear that he wants the former All-Pro in Green Bay on the Packers.
Aaron Rodgers and Beckham share admiration for each other, respecting what each has accomplished in their careers. Beckham’s trajectory had been trending toward since being traded by the New York Giants to the Cleveland Browns, but his time with the Rams showed that he had plenty left in the tank to offer.
Suffering a second significant injury certainly is disappointing and is the only reason that he isn’t signed right now. Working his way back to the field, Green Bay would be a great landing spot for him as he could have a chance at a big role, meaning a nice payday next offseason should he produce and stay healthy.