The Green Bay Packers received a great deal of criticism for not trading for a wide receiver at the trade deadline. This was especially true when the Bears traded for Chase Claypool. All the Bears had to give up was a second-round pick. The Packers are notoriously stingy with draft picks but reportedly offered the same package. Pittsburgh, however, felt like they would have better draft position if they accepted the Bears’ offer. In other words, they believed the Packers would finish ahead of the Bears, regardless of their poor season. As it turns out, the Packers’ wide receivers have been as good, if not better than, Claypool in the three weeks since the deadline.
Bears Chase Claypool Stats
Since being traded to the Chicago Bears, Chase Claypool has been nothing short of disappointing. In three games, he has just five receptions for 34 yards and no touchdowns. He surpassed these numbers in five individual games out of the eight he played earlier this season with the Steelers. Before the trade, Claypool had 32 receptions for 311 yards and a touchdown.
Packers Wide Receivers Since the Trade Deadline
There is no doubt that the Packers have had a disappointing season. There are many reasons for this, but trading for now Bears Chase Claypool would not have been enough to fix it. Furthermore, the current Packers wide receiver core has been better than Claypool since the trade deadline.
- Allen Lazard: 12 receptions, 189 yards, one touchdown
- Christian Watson: 10 receptions, 179 yards, five touchdowns
- Sammy Watkins: four receptions, 53 yards
- Randall Cobb: six receptions 73 yards (one game)
- Samori Toure: four receptions, 34 yards (has not gotten a target in two games)
The day before the Bears Chase Claypool trade, Toure had one reception for 37 yards and a touchdown. Romeo Doubs, in his last full game before his injury, had four receptions for 62 yards and a touchdown.
Oh, and other Packers pass catchers have also outperformed Bears Claypool since the trade deadline:
- Aaron Jones: 10 receptions for 58 yards
- Josiah Deguara: five receptions for 41 yards (has not gotten a target in two games)
- Robert Tonyan: six receptions for 56 yards
So What? Who Cares?
It has been a long season for the Packers and their fans. Obviously, the team did not meet expectations. Seeing the Bears acquire Chase Claypool was just one more blow to fans. However, the young talent at wide receiver is something that the team and fans should be very excited about. As has been the case all season: the pieces are there. They just need to put them all together. The problem, of course, is that they are running out of time.