Potential to be Packers’ No. 1 receiver provides ‘somewhat gas to that fireside’

Davante Adams’ exit from Inexperienced Bay has opened the Packers’ No. 1 receiver function. Fifth-year wideout Allen Lazard has an opportunity to step into that spot and see a boatload of targets in 2022.

“I believe it added possibly somewhat gas to that fireside, so to talk,” Lazard stated of Adams’ departure, through The Related Press. “Nevertheless it wasn’t prefer it ignited the flame.”

Lazard has battled for reps by his first 4 seasons. He performed in only one sport as a rookie and spent most of his profession because the No. 3 possibility behind Adams and Marquez Valdes-Scantling, who signed in Kansas Metropolis this offseason.

The Packers revamped their receiver room this offseason, signing Sammy Watkins, drafting Christian Watson within the second spherical, and Romeo Doubs — who has shined early in coaching camp — within the fourth. Inexperienced Bay nonetheless has veteran Randall Cobb and 2021 third-rounder Amari Rodgers on the roster.

Lazard, who signed his restricted free-agent tender this offseason, has garnered reward from reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers because the potential high goal.

“I actually assume Allen is able to make a soar and be a No. 1 receiver,” Rodgers stated. “He has lots to show, I believe, to himself and different individuals and possibly to the group as properly. So I like a hungry Allen Lazard.”

Getting into the ultimate yr of his contract, the 26-year-old stated he is been ready his entire life for an opportunity to show he is usually a go-to participant.

“Since I used to be 16 years previous, once I dedicated to Iowa State, that is the imaginative and prescient I noticed, that is the imaginative and prescient I had,” Lazard stated. “I by no means knew how I would get right here. I did not know I would should undergo Jacksonville and combat my method up the roster to get up to now. However I knew finally that I might be right here.”

Lazard is coming off profession highs with 40 catches on 60 targets for 513 yards and eight touchdowns. With a bunch of extra passes probably coming his method this season, Lazard might blow these numbers out of the water in 2022.