The Green Bay Packers currently stand atop the NFC behind a 5-1 record. Things are going smooth (excluding the beat down by the Buccaneers), and there is no reason to make a panic move. As they stand, the Packers are a contender to win the Superbowl.
That doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be aggressive, though. To do everything they can to try making another run (or two) with Aaron Rodgers at quarterback, the Packers should be active as the deadline approaches.
A few areas of need standout above the rest, and they make up the positions on this list. With limited cap space in upcoming years, the Packers will be limited in who they target. Here, we look at some of the holes on the roster and give realistic names the Packers may target in the coming days.
1. Will Fuller, WR, Houston Texans
It’s now being reported that Green Bay is one of several teams that have reached out to the Texans regarding the availability of Will Fuller. At 26 years old and set to enter unrestricted free agency this off-season, the price required is tough to gauge. He certainly increases the Packers chances this season, but it’s all but a lock he would be walking away in free agency.
If the Packers front office gets aggressive, though, they could put this team over the top in the process. Adams and Lazard are proven and have the confidence of Aaron Rodgers, as does the tight end room and running back room. If Rodgers could build a repertoire with Fuller, though, he may leapfrog Russell Wilson in any MVP talk.
Fuller is a very good receiver, certainly the best on this list. He has caught a touchdown in five straight games now and has eclipsed 100 yards receiving in 3 of 6 games played. Now, imagine what he could do if he was lining up alongside Adams, who will have the focus of the defense. It would be pricey and for the short term, but anything less than a first-round pick the Packers should pounce at. This kind of acquisition would bring the WR room from average at best, to elite.
2. John Ross, WR, Cincinnati Bengals
Now we’re into the Packers more reasonable price range. John Ross has recently voiced his frustrations, and it’s hard to see why the Bengals wouldn’t consider moving him for a reasonable price. They’ve become pretty deep at wide receiver, to the tune of Ross having a total of seven targets this season. If the price falls enough, to say a mid to late-round draft pick, the Packers may deem it worth the flier. Marquez Valdes-Scantling is supposed to be the burner in this offense, but frustration with his lack of production is growing by the week.
Currently, in his third season, MVS has totaled 163 targets for a total of just five touchdowns. In that same time, he has dropped 12 passes. Allen Lazard will return to be the partner in crime of Davante Adams, but having a big-play threat alongside those two would make Matt LaFleur’s job that much easier. Ross isn’t the most exciting name because of the recent lack of production, but the proof is there that he can stretch defenses.
3. Jakeem Grant, WR, Miami Dolphins
This one takes a little bit of speculation, as Grant hasn’t been popping up in the latest rumors around the league. Still, he has been involved in trade rumors before and it makes sense from the Dolphins perspective.
At 28 years old, it likely wouldn’t take much to acquire the speedster if Green Bay were to show interest. Grant is a small receiver, standing 5’7”. What he lacks in size he makes up for in speed and quickness, though. Not only does that apply to the offensive side of the ball, which is what makes him a great target if the price is a conditional late-round pick.
The Packers are averaging just 4.6 yards per punt return, a problem reemerging from last season. Tyler Irvin is still the best option Green Bay has, and he has a role carved out on the offensive side of the ball. Grant would need to replace a true wide receiver on the offensive depth chart. Still, Grant has shown a burst on returns and uses his shiftiness to pick up yards. he has returned 15 punts for 139 yards this season, good for a 9.3-yard average. If Green bay fails to address their defensive issues and doesn’t add a dynamic pass catcher, improving in the third phase would be the best remaining option.
Other names to monitor-
- Kenny Stills, WR, Houston Texans
- Evan Engram, TE, New York Giants
- Marvin Jones, WR, Detroit Lions
- Trent Murphy, Edge, Buffalo Bills
- Avery Williamson, LB, New York Jets