The Green Bay Packers have done what they can shore up some depth in its receiver corps in recent years. It seems head coach Matt LaFleur will need to put his NBA hat on in order to figure out how the depth chart will look.
There are a number of spots currently up for grabs on the Packers’ offense this offseason. According to Mike Spofford of the team’s website, Matt LaFleur likened bringing in wideouts to filling out an NBA roster:
“You need guys that are at a certain area of expertise, and then it’s our job as coaches to put those guys into position where they can showcase that skill set … You’re not going to go out and play with five point guards,” LaFleur said. “You need a speed guy. You need a guy that’s got short-area quickness … we’d like to have a couple guys that are versatile enough to do both of those things.”
Lafleur’s comments are certainly understandable when determining roles for a specific group of players. Like any basketball team, each wideout must fulfill his task to the fullest in order to be effective. It appears Matt LaFleur has yet to specify what task he wants each receiver to perform in the 2019 NFL season.
The Packers already have the football equivalent of a franchise player: wide receiver Davante Adams, who emerged as one of the NFL’s elite playmakers last season as the No. 1 option in the passing game. The challenge now is determining a pecking order behind him.
Wide receivers Geronimo Allison, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Equanimeous St. Brown and J’Mon Moore are among those who could be asked to focus on a particular area of the field. It will be interesting to see which among them can become the complementary option across from Adams. Matt LaFleur is under pressure to identify that receiver and then shape the Packers’ offense around his discoveries this offseason.