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Packers’ receivers may not be ready. Leaning on runners could help them

By Carmen Vitali
FOX Sports NFC North reporter

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers preached patience after the team’s season-opening loss to the Minnesota Vikings in which rookie wide receiver Christian Watson dropped a perfectly placed long ball that would have resulted in a score on the opening play.

It’s the reality of the Packers’ current state in the wide-receiver room, one that was without Allen Lazard last Sunday. They’re young.

After the departure of Davante Adams this offseason, the onus to pick up his workload from a wideout standpoint falls heavily on two rookie wide receivers in Watson and Romeo Doubs. Green Bay has Randall Cobb to round out their top four with Lazard, but he’s in his 12th year in the NFL and shouldn’t be responsible for carrying the unit.

The Packers need to develop their rookies.

“It’s young guys who are very talented who are going to make some great plays by not actually knowing what they’re doing sometimes,” said Rodgers. “And there’s going to be times when they don’t make the right reaction and just having patience with that because, I think, by the end of the year, they’ll have it figured out.”

That’s certainly a realistic timeline. But patience comes at a cost when you’re still trying to contend. And when you have a two-headed monster in your backfield, you afford that cost by running the ball.

There needs to be a bit of an offensive reckoning in Green Bay if the Packers are still to be successful this year. Wouldn’t you know it, they’re in luck with both Aaron Jones and A.J. Dillon — two backs Rodgers needs to lean on. None of this ‘I’ve got to play the same way’ stuff Rodgers said this week. No. The entire Green Bay offense needs to play differently.

Green Bay ranked 20th in rushing yards per play last season, gaining an average of 4.26 yards per carry. By contrast, they ranked in the top five in passing yards per play at 7.28.

That’s not a sustainable rate when the hole Adams left is 29.6% of the team’s target…

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