Packers’ Allen Lazard speaks out on his motivation for this season
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Allen Lazard has newfound motivation as he heads into camp as the team’s No. 2 wideout.
Lazard—who failed to make the 53-man roster last year—said he plans to take nothing for granted this season, adding he made his “biggest strides” when facing a potential deficit (via The Athletic’s Matt Schneidman).
Allen Lazard didn't make the 53 after camp last year, now he's WR2. Says he'll treat this preseason like he's still fighting for a spot:
"That's when I was able to make my biggest strides, is when I was backed up against the wall."
— Matt Schneidman (@mattschneidman) August 9, 2020
The 24-year-old played in all 16 games for Green Bay last year, finishing the season with 477 yards receiving and three touchdowns on 13.6 yards per reception.
Lazard was on the field for just 44 percent of all offensive snaps last season, but he figures to see a much larger target share as the Green Bay’s projected WR2 in 2020.
It was assumed the Packers would use the offseason and the draft to improve a fairly shallow receiving corps. But the crop of free-agent receivers was fairly weak, and Green Bay did not use a single draft pick on a wide receiver this past April.
Naturally, this puts a lot of pressure on guys like Lazard to grow and thrive moving forward.
Davante Adams has consistently proven himself one of the best receivers in the league when healthy, and Aaron Jones is a capable pass-catcher coming out of the backfield.
But the Packers did not get much out of their other receivers. Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Geronimo Allison were both disappointments, and Jimmy Graham was underwhelming at the tight end spot.