Brian Gutekunst: We can’t reach just because a player is a wide receiver

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Predictions that the Packers would add a wide receiver to their roster in the first round proved incorrect as the team used its two picks to add former Georgia defenders Quay Walker and Devonte Wyatt to their front seven.

The Packers stayed put to select those two players and General Manager Brian Gutekunst was asked whether the team had possibilities to trade up on Thursday night to get a wideout. Gutekunst said there were opportunities, but “you’ve got to look at the asking price and does that make sense.”

Gutekunst’s answer was that standing pat made the most sense and that they still have ample ammunition to use on fleshing out the receiving corps before the draft is over.

“I think having weapons for him to go to is important,” Gutekunst said, via Bill Huber of SI.com. “We play in September, and we’ve got nine picks the next couple days and a whole summer before we get to that first game. So, I think certainly by the time we get to that first game, we’re going to add some one way or another to that room. Hopefully, it’ll fall right for us the next two days but, if it doesn’t, I don’t think we can reach and make bad decisions just because they’ve got a WR by their name.”

If things do fall the right way for the Packers, it could mean another Georgia alum joining the team. George Pickens is one of the top wideouts still on the board heading into the second round.

19 responses to “Brian Gutekunst: We can’t reach just because a player is a wide receiver

  1. 100% true Gutey. Rodgers will make mid tier guys look like Davante without effort.

    This Green Bay D is going to be NASTY as heck!

    GO PACK GO!!

  2. HagemeisterPark says:
    April 29, 2022 at 9:55 am
    100% true Gutey. Rodgers will make mid tier guys look like Davante without effort.

    This Green Bay D is going to be NASTY as heck!
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    Who did he make look like Davante the game Adams was out against the Cardinals? Aaron Jones?

  3. wilkersonswobblykankles says:
    April 29, 2022 at 10:15 am
    He has no problems reaching for QB’s though

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    Your hindsight is 20/20. Although a reach, AR was coming off some poor play for a couple of years. Got a coach fired and was not showing allot of sigs of improvement. That first round pick in Love even if failed turned AR around to put up back to back MVP seasons and has him playing real QB again. No championships yes I know but turned the QB’s fortunes around. So small price considering Gute had had a few years with extra first rounds picks cause he’s better than most.

  4. Packer fans make me laugh. This guy is a moron. Window has closed as GB has one of if not the worst receiving corps in the league. With an MVP Qb. 150 million to hand off. Dumb.

  5. Rodgers will make mid tier guys look like Davante without effort.
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    Adams was a zero until his 3rd year. The way he dropped passes, he may have been a negative.

    I trust the Packers to get it right, but its hardly a certainty.

  6. otheirony says:
    April 29, 2022 at 10:20 am

    Packer fans make me laugh. This guy is a moron. Window has closed as GB has one of if not the worst receiving corps in the league. With an MVP Qb. 150 million to hand off. Dumb.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Another sofa genius heard from. Meanwhile Vegas has the power/under on Packers wins for 2022 season at 11.5.

    That’s not a “window closed” to me.

  7. In consideration of the extreme measures very many teams are currently taking to assure a decent quarterback is in their ranks, the insurance policy the Packers took on Jordan Love is beginning to look like pure genius.

  8. GoVikings says:
    April 29, 2022 at 10:16 am
    Who did he make look like Davante the game Adams was out against the Cardinals? Aaron Jones?
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Maybe. Hard to say. It could’ve anybody or multiple people. The Packers went 7-0 in games without Adams. We’ll soon see how much of Adams was Adams and how much of Adams was Rodgers.

  9. Window has closed as GB has one of if not the worst receiving corps in the league.
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    One of the worst receiving corps in the history of the league and a 2nd round rookie will not change that

  10. Luv the value from the Georgia D picks. Would like to see a move up for Watson or Moore tonight and finish the evening with two WR’s and a TE. I’d let the special teams coach run the draft tomorrow, and even spend a pick on that lefty punter.

    I’ll join in with the haters if Gutey and LaFleur ever win less than 13 games together.

  11. The Packers should have done whatever it took to get a WR in the first round. Package a few picks to get up and draft one of the top WR in this draft. Very disappointing. Now they are going to have to give up future picks for a veteran WR.

  12. As long as the off field concerns are over blown, the Packers should do whatever they can to get Pickens. If not for the injury and concerns, he’s in play as one of the first WRs off the board. If that happens, they come out of this looking really good.

  13. History has proven that the overwhelming majority of rookie WR’s do not become stars in their first year. Word this morning is that the asking price to move up in the draft became insane as more WR’s were picked. Should Gute have given up the farm to move up for a single player that may not pan out and have glaring roster holes elsewhere? Or should he have used his picks to shore up other positions with high quality players and then pick a lower round WR who the Packer’s have proved they can elevate with their QB. It is hard to have patience but which option had a better chance of making the team stronger?

  14. With the run on WRs, no way should the Pack have reached for a WR at the draft positions they had; however, three other teams, including the Lions, seemed to have little difficulty moving up to find the WR help they needed. I’m not saying my favorite team’s GM is any better, particularly after last night, but Gutey’s draft and personnel moves seem less impressive every year. Rodgers won’t be around to cover for him much longer.

  15. I hope all the geniuses who think the Packers are “done” because their wide receiver corps is thin go off and put their money where their mouth’s are. Go ahead, bet on the Vikings and their porous defense and erratic O-line….go ahead, bet on the Bears, Vegas would love to take your money. Detroit broke the bank to go get a name WR. Maybe he’ll be great,….but how many other holes do they have to fill? Tell me which NFL team is not thin at one position or another??The GB roster is still loaded. Green Bay’s defense, if healthy, will be outstanding. They still have a solid O-line, well above average RB’s and an MVP behind center. They can and will win with a collection of veterans and rookies, bet on THAT!

  16. Reaching can lead to terrible things, The Vikings reached for Ponder in a draft, and that lead to dominos falling as they look for a QB that ends making Kirk Cousins a couple fully guaranteed contracts.

    Its been going on for a bit, but Gute has a plan for after Rodgers is gone, build a stout defense, and have a strong RB similar to what the Titans have been doing, and I would

    Gute has been great and he as GM he still needs to whats best for the PACKERS not just whats best for ONLY the offense or the QB.

  17. cheeseisfattening says:

    One of the worst receiving corps in the history of the league and a 2nd round rookie will not change that

    ++++++

    We’ll just bring in Chad Beebe and everything will be solved.

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