The Green Bay Packers draft three wideouts in the 2022 NFL Draft and things are looking pretty promising when it comes to the trio of Christian Watson, Romeo Doubs, and Samori Toure – especially Watson and Doubs.
But that won’t stop them from adding more wideouts over the comings days and months. There were plenty of promising flashes in 2022, but Packers head coach Matt LaFleur wants to add a veteran wideout to the mix.
“I think some some veteran leadership would be nice,” LaFleur told reporters Tuesday. “I think guys like Allen (Lazard) and Randall (Cobb) did such a great job last year taking those guys under their wing and showing them the ropes and the expectations and the practice habits that you need to have to go out there and play at a high level…
“I think, yeah, we’re gonna have to add some bodies to that room certainly. I think that we only have, like, five guys on the roster, right now.”
Right now, the Packers have around $22 million in cap room, per Over the Cap.
They’ll lose close to $9 million once the Aaron Rodgers trade is executed and when accounting for draft class expenses and in-season operating money, the Packers have around $4 million in spending money.
So, it’s very likely the Packers won’t trade for a receiver of DeAndre Hopkins’ stature, but they also don’t need a bonafide, No. 1 veteran receiver.
LaFleur views Doubs and Watson as the team’s 1-2 punch and he should: both players have exactly what’s needed to be the top receiving targets on the team.
“I’m excited about both of those guys, just you know, a 1-2 combo. We’re gonna have to add to that room and some of these other guys are gonna have to step up,” said LaFleur.
The Packers simply need a guy who can come in and simultaneously help the youngsters continue to grow while making some plays on the football field, every now and then.
There are a couple of names out there in Marvin Jones Jr., T.Y. Hilton, and Jarivs Landy who can come in and fit the bill of what LaFleur is looking for. It’ll be interesting to see how they navigate this over the coming days/weeks/months.