Brian Gutekunst sees Allen Lazard as a “valuable receiver”

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The Packers initially considered moving Allen Lazard to tight end. It took only one season for Lazard to prove to the Packers he’s a pretty darn good receiver.

Lazard, who entered last season with one career catch for 7 yards, made 35 receptions for 477 yards and three touchdowns in 2019.

“”I think what he’s proven over the past year is that he’s a pretty valuable receiver, so I wouldn’t expect him to move [to tight end],” Packers General Manager Brian Gutekunst said, via Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.

Gutekunst stopped short of saying Lazard separated himself from other receivers not named Davante Adams, but Lazard has found a role with the team.

“Allen did the things you need to do at the right times, third downs, big games,” Gutekunst said. “Not everybody is built for that, and I thought he did a really good job at the end of the year.”

The Packers hope they have drafted their future tight end in Jace Sternberger. Sternberger missed most of his rookie season with injury but caught his first career touchdown pass in the NFC Championship Game.

“I think Jace, in time, has a chance to be the kind of guy that can be a mismatch for us,” Gutekunst said. “He has some dynamic ability.”

11 responses to “Brian Gutekunst sees Allen Lazard as a “valuable receiver”

  1. By valuable he must mean not awful like every other receiver on the Packer’s roster other than Adams.

  2. The biggest difference among all NFCN teams and their expectations for success next year remains to be Aaron Rodgers. Nothing has changed.

    There is room for improvement, but not as much improvement as the Vikings are going to require with their receivers. When you consider as bad as Graham played, he still finished in a statistical dead heat with Rudolph, and Adams greatly surpassed a very unhappy and disgruntled Diggs, it certainly isn’t a desperate situation for the Packers, especially with a strong group of receivers coming up in the draft.

    I mean, how awful can it be if every positioned Packer receiver from 1-5 exceeded the performance of every positioned Viking receiver to a player? Adams>Diggs, Lazard>Thielen, Allison>Johnson, Scandling>Treadwell, Kumerow>Bebe…….look it up!

    It kind of redefines “awful,” doesn’t it? Viking fans?

  3. With Lazard,… I love his size,.. he’s got great hands and catches with his hands. I think he’s the real deal. The next Jordy,…. he reminds me of Nelson.
    Another guy that has glue on his hands is Tonyan. I’d like to see more of him into the game plan.

  4. And yet by your “statistical analysis” of the qb position where yards mean everything Jameis Winston is the best QBs in the NFL. Go to bed Stella. And no I am not bullying or fat-shaking you just pointing out your hypocrisy.

  5. RMoss84HOF says:
    February 21, 2020 at 9:14 pm
    And yet by your “statistical analysis” of the qb position where yards mean everything Jameis Winston is the best QBs in the NFL. Go to bed Stella. And no I am not bullying or fat-shaking you just pointing out your hypocrisy.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    First of all, it matters to me not if Rodgers is elite or not. The Packers can, and have, and will win with Rodgers. He’s still the biggest difference in the division among all NFCN teams and their expectations for success next season.

    Secondly, the statistics you cite and attribute to me are from the official NFL website. They own the show. That’s their prerogative. Take your whines up with them. Start by asking “why?” Let us know what they say.

    BTW……you’d better start now hoping, wishing, and praying the Vikings get some replacements for their receivers in the draft. They’re awful.

  6. So then if we use the NFL standard of yards = best – you are incorrect Diggs had more yards than Adams, therefore according to your belief he is “better”. Do you get tired of looking foolish?

  7. RMoss84HOF says:
    February 22, 2020 at 2:40 pm
    So then if we use the NFL standard of yards = best – you are incorrect Diggs had more yards than Adams, therefore according to your belief he is “better”. Do you get tired of looking foolish?
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    You’re still trying to make this about me and I’m not the one picking fights! I was reacting to a Viking troll that said the Packer receiving corps was “awful.” All I did was demonstrate they weren’t more awful than the Vikings’ receiving corps, especially considering the near-same performances of Rudolph and Graham. Take a pill.

  8. And all I am doing is using your metric for judging greatness for a season that you selectively apply. Using the same metric Diggs is far superior to Adams, or your laughable take that Blake Martinez was the best linebacker in the NFL a year ago.

  9. RMoss84HOF says:
    February 23, 2020 at 8:57 am
    And all I am doing is using your metric for judging greatness for a season that you selectively apply. Using the same metric Diggs is far superior to Adams, or your laughable take that Blake Martinez was the best linebacker in the NFL a year ago.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    It’s never been my metric. I simply visit the official website of the National Football League (they own the show,) and utilize the categories and statistics they have identified as prudently accurate for the purpose of ranking.

    You can do it too!

  10. RMoss84HOF says:
    February 23, 2020 at 8:57 am
    Using the same metric Diggs is far superior to Adams.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Adams missed four games. Check out their respective postseason stats. Get back to us.

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