Matt LaFleur: We’ll look at veteran WRs if need be, but just letting young guys compete now

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The Packers offense is going to have a younger starting quarterback this year with Jordan Love taking over for Aaron Rodgers and a youth movement is in place at another offensive position as well.

Packers General Manager Brian Gutekunst drafted Christian Watson, Romeo Doubs, and Samori Toure in 2022 and he drafted three more wideouts this year. Jayden Reed, Dontayvion Wicks, and Grant DuBose just completed their rookie minicamp and will now join the rest of the group for the rest of the offseason program.

Head coach Matt LaFleur said he expects to “be leaning on” Watson and Doubs, but that everyone will be competing for playing time and to show that the team doesn’t need more experience.

“I think time will tell, but it’s certainly a very talented room,” LaFleur said, via Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “It’s going to be a hell of a competition in terms of who’s getting the snaps, because just at first glimpse at some of these young guys who were in here, there are some talented guys. So they’re going to be exciting to work with. I’m sure it’s going to be a very fluid situation in terms of just how much we throw at them and, if need be, I know Gutey is going to do whatever we can to help us field the best possible team. If need be, I think we would turn that way, but right now I think we’re just going to let those guys compete.”

If all goes according to plan in Green Bay, Love and the receivers will grow together into a potent offense that can put the team back into the playoff mix sooner rather than later. The next few months of work will help determine the likelihood of that outcome.

22 responses to “Matt LaFleur: We’ll look at veteran WRs if need be, but just letting young guys compete now

  1. Not really much difference from last year. Love replaces Rodgers who had a very down year with Watson and Doubs a year older and a couple new rookie tight ends and wide receivers. If the running game and offensive line hold up like expected, Barry can get his head out of his butt with his defense, the Packers could be a respectable team as the offense progresses. The Debbie Downers may very well be surprised this year.

  2. It’s a very young team with a tremendous opportunity to grow together.

    Obviously, Christian Watson came as advertised and is the leading candidate for continued growth.
    He should really blossom this season.
    Romeo Doubs showed he can contribute, but I’m expecting more out of him.
    He needs to make that jump in year 2.

    As for Toure, Melton, and this year’s draft picks, it’ll be a wait and see approach.
    Hopefully one or two of them can really excel out of the gate.
    A lot of speed, something we haven’t had so much of in the past, but can they translate it to true production on the field?
    The TEs (Musgrave and Kraft) will definitely provide a significant boost too.

    Exciting times at 1265.
    Right now it’s shaping up to be a beautiful mystery, and I’m looking forward to the answers just like everyone else.

  3. They scare nobody and have been given no respect yet by nfl pundits but give them time. by the end of the season they will once again own the nfc north division no matter what Lions fans have to say.

  4. Man, this season is gonna be interesting….
    I’m a die hard packer fan

  5. The Packers showed their interest in receivers when they traded up to draft a replacement for their MVP QB, instead of drafting a stud wide receiver.

  6. Translation: I’m not sold on these bums, hopefully someone steps up, because management doesn’t have the cajones to spend some money.

  7. They can polish that one any way the want. But to me yet another down side of neglecting the WR and TE groups for so long is those young guys missed a chance to learn from Davante Adams and Randall Cobb, both of whom are great technical route runners, have high football IQs and set a tone for work ethic and what it takes to be a real pro. No way that doesn’t negatively impact the development of those young players when you lose that amount of knowledge and experience.

  8. Would love to ban two words from the sports world. 1. Compete, in all its forms..2. A. Especially at draft time…” A Tom Brady etc.

  9. No need to reach on a receiver at this point. Lazard’s shoes aren’t that hard to fill.

  10. Everyone behind Watson is a question mark – Jordan Love is going to regress with this group.

  11. These guys all understand the tremendous opportunity they have playing for the most successful franchise in NFL history.

  12. If only Watson, Doubs and Toure could have spent a year learning from Lazard and Cobb. Oh wait – I guess they did.
    If only all the wide receivers had been playing the position for years. Oh wait – I guess they have.
    If only the Packers had an experienced wide receiver coach. Oh wait – I guess they have.
    I guess maybe it will work out.

  13. I did not think it could be possible but that WR depth chart looks to be worse than last year’s

  14. There’s No Expectations from Packers Fans that this 1st year of Jordan Loves QB career and this very young team to be World Beaters this year. We’re being realistic. There will be Ups and Downs throughout the season,… but the most important factor to follow will be how well this team gels on offense with a new field general. I’ll be watching the development of this new crop of recruits. I’m most interested in the new TE’s and Jaylen Reed’s development. He looks like he could be a dangerous weapon as a slot WR.

  15. kemp13 says:
    May 9, 2023 at 9:14 am
    The Packers showed their interest in receivers when they traded up to draft a replacement for their MVP QB, instead of drafting a stud wide receiver.

    Can we please retire the tired traded up narrative? The Packers traded a single lower round pick to move up a couple of spots. In doing so Gute stayed true to his draft board, obtaining the only player left with a 1st round grade. That is exactly how a draft is supposed to be done.

  16. I didn’t think it would be possible to win the division with Love this year but the other NFCN teams are so unimpressive I now think there’s a real chance.

  17. I expect Doubs to make a 2nd year leap, he seemed to have good chemistry with Love.

    The 23 Packers are going to be a run first team – the way Gute has wanted it since he took over.

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