Packers QB Aaron Rodgers lobbied to give Allen Lazard a chance
The Green Bay Packers were having issues at wide receiver in Monday night’s game against the Detroit Lions until an unsung hero emerged from the bench. Late in the game, Aaron Rodgers lobbied to give Allen Lazard a chance.
With Davante Adams out with a toe injury, Green Bay was reeling at the wide receiver position against the Lions. Marquez Valdes-Scantling was inconsistent and Geronimo Allison exited the game with a head and chest injury.
Additionally, Darrius Shepherd, a rookie wideout, dropped a pass that turned into an interception for Rodgers. As a result, the veteran quarterback put in a good word to Matt LaFleur and the wide receivers coach to give Lazard an opportunity.
On Lazard’s first drive, Rodgers immediately looked in his direction and was effective doing it. The drive ended with Lazard catching a pinpoint pass from the Packers signal-caller to cut Detroit’s lead to just two points.
At the end of the night, Lazard finished with four receptions for 65 yards and a touchdown. Prior to Monday night’s game, he had yet to catch a pass from Rodgers.
Lazard, an undrafted rookie out of Iowa State, began his career with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2018. Unfortunately for him, he was released by Jacksonville as part of the roster cuts.
Luckily for the Packers, they were able to scoop him up in free agency last December. The undrafted rookie caught just one pass with the team in 2018. But his one reception from last year came from DeShone Kizer.
It’s safe to say that Lazard could see his role in the offense increased in the coming weeks, regardless of Davante Adams’ status in Week 7 and beyond.