Allen Lazard aiming to be the No. 1 receiver in the league

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Packers receiver Allen Lazard entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent, landing on the Jaguars’ practice squad. The Packers found him there late in the 2018 season, and he played one game for them as a rookie. He failed to make the 53-player roster out of training camp in 2019.

Now, Aaron Rodgers is counting on Lazard in “the No. 1 role.”

Lazard has come a long way.

“I want to be the best receiver in the league,” Lazard said, via Bill Huber of SI.com.

Rodgers joked last week about Lazard and Davante Adams both being future Hall of Famers, but the quarterback is counting on Lazard to step up and replace Adams.

Lazard set career highs with 40 catches for 513 yards and eight touchdowns a year ago. He will have a bigger opportunity this year with Adams in Las Vegas.

“I know Davante Adams is still alive. I know Keenan Allen, Stefon Diggs, Justin Jefferson, guys like that around the league,” Lazard said. “Yes, I’m competing here every single day to earn those reps and targets but, overall, that’s the end goal I want to get to. Having that big-picture mentality but focusing on the small details.

“Right now, it’s just camp. . . . I’m not getting my vision too far down the road. But, ultimately, in the back of my mind, that’s where the end goal will be eventually, but focus on the now, just focus on getting better every single day and knowing I can only get to that level, too, if I have other great guys in my room to complement me.”

36 responses to “Allen Lazard aiming to be the No. 1 receiver in the league

  1. Even as a Vikings fan, I like this dude Lazard. I always root for undrafted free agents to succeed, you gotta respect players that earn their way up the hard way. I understand that mentality he has, there are far more physically gifted players that don’t make it as far as this dude because they don’t have that same drive or work ethic.

  2. I think you have to have that attitude as a pro football and happy he is owning his role. However, I’ll be very pleased w 70+ catches and 1000 yards as that likely means Rodgers is spreading the love.

  3. I’m not sure why the Packers think this guy can be a #1 receiver. He is at best a low tier 2 or high tier 3 WR. There is more than enough history to support this.

  4. and knowing I can only get to that level, too, if I have other great guys in my room to complement me.”
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    Well there goes that idea.

  5. Will he be the best? Probably not. But he has a QB that’s talented enough to bring his career to the next level. Rodgers makes receivers, not the other way around.

  6. >Alan Lazard, “I want to be the best receiver in the league”… it’s good to know denial isn’t just a river in Egypt and is doing well in Green Bay. To quote Dirty Harry, “A man’s got to know his limitations.”

  7. That is exactly the attitude you want in your players — come on, Allan, show us, don’t tell us! (Then sign contract extension with Green Bay!)

  8. If he doubles his best year, he will be around top 25, very good but nowhere near #1, and I doubt he doubles his best year.

  9. Good attitude and goal, but there’s a small window to actually achieve it so it’s very unlikely. Once Jordan Love starts throwing the passes, it won’t matter who our receivers are.

  10. As a Packer fan, I’d be very happy if he’d just end up being a quality #1 receiver on his team. Anything else would be gravy.

  11. All these WRs talk about their personal goals….but they rarely seem to be directed at their team winning a championship

  12. Good WR, but he’s a possession guy — a 4.56 40yd dash is respectable not top tier — if he’s the Pack #1 WR, they’d better have a top 5 defense.

  13. Rodgers turned Adams into the #1. He can do the same with Lazard easily.
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    Adams was a 2nd rounder.. so was Jordy.. so was Jennings.

    The Packers haven’t developed a late-rounder/undrafted guy since Donald Driver… 20 years ago.

  14. What’s with WR. Even the bad ones are Divas. try holding onto the ball first lizard.

  15. Lazard could easily have similar numbers to what Adam’s puts up this year.Doent make him a top WR but 80 catches and 10 tds is what I expect Adam’s to post with the Raiders.Not out of the realm that 13 can do the same.Every one of the experts on here realize that Kupp is first WR to lead the league in most major stats that actually won a SB right?WRs are generally overrated when it comes to winning.

  16. Good WR, but he’s a possession guy — a 4.56 40yd dash is respectable not top tier — if he’s the Pack #1 WR, they’d better have a top 5 defense.
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    Davante Adams 40 time,….. 4.55.
    I guess he’s a #2 or #3,.. eh?

  17. Jerry Rice and Cooper Cupp are not the most physically gifted receivers….how’d they turn out? Why not Lazard? Thus far he hasn’t shown he can be that, but I seem to recall it took Adam Thielen and Donald Driver both 3-4 years to really make an impact. The point is, we really don’t know and we’re gonna find out. I have no expectations of him even being top 10 in the league, but top 20 or 30 shouldn’t be out of the question with his opportunity and his QB. Laugh now, Mr. Lazard could make fools of the critics.

  18. Jerry Rice and Cooper Cupp are not the most physically gifted receivers….how’d they turn out? Why not Lazard?
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    There were only 15 players selected ahead of Rice in the 1985 NFL Draft.

    Kupp was a 3rd rounder.

    Rice was an All-Pro by his 2nd season.. Kupp, in his 3rd… this is Lazards 5th season.

    I don’t think these are the comparisons you are looking for.

  19. Jerry Rice and Cooper Cupp are not the most physically gifted receivers….how’d they turn out? Why not Lazard?
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    There were only 15 players selected ahead of Rice in the 1985 NFL Draft. Kupp was a 3rd rounder. Rice was an All-Pro by his 2nd season.. Kupp, in his 3rd… this is Lazards 5th season.

    I don’t think these are the comparisons you are looking for.
    Adam Thielen was a free agent. Donald Driver was a 7th round pick. Those are the comparisons I pointed to. The Cupp/Rice point was, you don’t need to be a freak athlete to be a top tier wide receiver—you remain the LEAST interesting. The fact is, we don’t know how good Lazard can be.

  20. 4 years in teh League, 1-and-a-half as a starter.

    We have a pretty good idea.

  21. Are the negative-leaning “experts” forgetting how many receivers’ careers Rodgers has enabled over the years? These current receivers are going to be more than fine. Watch and see. All the wishing, hoping, and praying by Viking Fan won’t change it.

  22. Are the negative-leaning “experts” forgetting how many receivers’ careers Rodgers has enabled over the years?
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    Rodgers is the straw that stirs the drink, for sure.

    But you’d be hard pressed to find a team that has invested more in receviers.

    Jennings, Nelson, Cobb, Adams, now Watson.. all 2nd rounders.. as was Terrance Murphy.

    Jones, Finley, Ty Montgomery, Jace Sternberger, Deguara, Amari Rodgers.. 3rd roudners.

    Thats heavy investment. Its not like Rodgers is carrying guys like Jarrett Boykin to superstardom.

  23. “Rodgers joked last week about Lazard and Davante Adams both being future Hall of Famers.”

    Enough said.

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