There has been a lot of attention paid to the wide receiver position for the Green Bay Packers. Their depth chart is going to look a lot different in 2022 than it did in 2021 as they saw some turnover at the position this offseason.
The biggest change will be no longer having All-Pro, Davante Adams. Adams was traded to the Las Vegas Raiders for first and second-round picks in the 2022 NFL Draft. No. 2 receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling also departed this offseason, signing a free-agent deal with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Replacing those two is no easy task. Adams is arguably the best wide receiver in the NFL and Valdes-Scantling is an elite deep threat. It has been a slow-moving process, but the front office has begun filling those holes.
Allen Lazard was re-signed in free agency. Sammy Watkins was signed before the draft. Green Bay traded up in the second round to select Christian Watson out of North Dakota State and selected Romeo Doubs out of Nevada in the fourth round. The team still has 2021 third-round pick Amari Rodgers and Randall Cobb on the roster as well.
While they may not have the same star power, the Packers are at least building a deep, versatile group of pass-catchers. But, it would not hurt to bring on one more established veteran to round things out.
Green Bay has been connected to the big free agents left at the position in Odell Beckham Jr. and Julio Jones. But, another name to keep an eye on is Emmanuel Sanders, who Bleacher Report believes would be a big help to the Packers.
Sanders’ skill set would mesh well with Aaron Rodgers right from the start. He would provide another option to work short and intermediate routes over the middle of the field from the slot while the bigger receivers work out wide and down the field.
Even at 34-years old, Sanders remained quite productive for the Buffalo Bills last season. He played in 14 games, catching 42 passes for 626 yards and four scores. Sanders is a reliable target that would quickly become a favorite of Rodgers.
While he doesn’t provide as much name recognition as some of the other players available, Sanders is an excellent fit for the approach Green Bay has taken to address their wide receiver needs this offseason.