Although the 2022 NFL season is just over five months away, expectations are already high for the Green Bay Packers. FanDuel Sportsbook is currently giving the Packers +1100 odds (T-No. 4) to win Super Bowl LVII, but there's one issue: they still don't have a No. 1 wide receiver after trading Davante Adams to the Las Vegas Raiders.
Packers head coach Matt LaFleur acknowledged that the Packers need wide receiver help at the NFL's Annual Meeting this week. Fortunately for the Green Bay fanbase, their coach already has a plan of attack.
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LaFleur told reporters Tuesday morning that the Packers "need a legit guy that can take the top off the coverage," emphasizing that the team needs more speed to be effective.
As it stands, Allen Lazard, Randall Cobb and Amari Rodgers are Green Bay's top three receivers — none of which are known for their speed. Meanwhile, the Packers' other wideouts (Chris Blair, Juwann Winfree, Malik Taylor and Rico Gafford) have combined for just 202 receiving yards in 45 games of NFL experience.
The Packers' speed at the wideout position took a hit when they lost Marquez Valdes-Scantling to the Kansas City Chiefs in free agency. While losing a quick receiver as MVS hurts, Green Bay is fortunate enough to have options to solve their problems.
Spotrac lists the Packers as having over $15.1 million in available cap space with speedy free-agent wideouts such as Will Fuller (when healthy), DeSean Jackson and Marquise Goodwin still available. They may not be close to Adams' caliber, but they can certainly help Green Bay's lack of speed.
The Packers also hold 11 picks ahead of the 2022 NFL Draft — including two in the first round. They're already eyeing first-round wideout prospects, so it wouldn't be surprising to see them go after a player like Ohio State's Chris Olave, who recorded a 4.26-second 40-yard dash at the Draft Combine.
While the Packers' wide receiver situation is concerning, they've proven that they can field a competitive team year after year. After all, having a four-time NFL MVP like Aaron Rodgers as your quarterback instantly raises the floor of whoever he's passing to.
Devon Platana is not a FanDuel employee. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.