The Green Bay Packers have had a wild offseason. The highs that the franchise and fan base experienced when it was announced that Aaron Rodgers would be coming back quickly deflated with how the Davante Adams situation played out.
Adams had the franchise tag placed on him but told the team he would not play this season under the tag. They tried to work out a long-term deal with him, but the damage was beyond repair. As a result, Adams was traded to the Las Vegas Raiders for a first and second-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.
That leaves a huge void atop the team’s depth chart losing one of the best players in the NFL at the wide receiver position. They also lost No. 2 wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling, who signed with the Kansas City Chiefs.
There is some work to do to shore things up. The team signed veteran Sammy Watkins, who will join Allen Lazard, Randall Cobb and Amari Rodgers atop the depth chart. At least one, if not two, picks should be used on wide receivers in the draft.
But, it wouldn’t hurt to bring in more veteran help at wide receiver. Given their title window with Rodgers, it would be beneficial to add established talent. One player that could fit the bill is Julio Jones.
Jones has battled injuries in recent seasons, but when on the field, he has shown that he can still produce at a good clip. The Packers have been a popular predicted landing spot for him and backup quarterback Kurt Benkert is doing his job attempting to recruit him to the team.
Jones has been linked to other contending teams, such as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, so Green Bay could need a full-court press to land Jones. The tweet that Benkert was responding to also shows something that the Packers’ current group of wide receivers excel at.
It was a tweet showing the best run-blocking wide receivers according to PFF grades from 2019-2021 with at least 500 run blocks. Watkins is atop that list with a grade of 85.7. Fifth on that list is Lazard with a grade of 74.5. Fourth on that list is none other than Jones.
Having wide receivers with that kind of versatility and willingness to get involved in the running game is never easy, but the Packers would excel in that area with three of the top five graded players from the last three seasons. That is something Aaron Jones and A.J. Dillon would certainly love, as there would be plenty of holes for them to run right through.