Green Bay Packers wide receiver Malik Heath received meaningful snaps in the waning moments of the 24-22 loss for Green Bay against the New York Giants. Heath stepped in for Dontayvion Wicks because of an ankle injury that caused him to leave the game.
Christian Watson was already out due to an ankle injury. Malik Heath is an undrafted free agent from Ole Miss. In the fourth quarter when Green Bay was trailing 21-16, Heath caught the go-ahead 6-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Jordan Love with 1:33 remaining in regulation to go up 22-21 at the moment before losing on a 37-yard field goal by Randy Bullock as time expired.
This was a tough loss for the Packers to swallow, but Malik Heath’s number may be called upon within the coming weeks. The next game will be against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-7), who are currently leading the NFC South division.
Heath has only caught seven passes for 74 yards receiving and one touchdown so far this season. He has been targeted 14 times and is averaging 14 times. If Watson misses another game due to a hamstring injury and if Wicks is out for any lengthy period of time, Malik Heath is going to step in as the number three wide receiver behind Jayden Reed and Romeo Doubs.
Green Bay Packers Wide Receiver Malik Heath Has Worked Hard to Get to This Point
Heath has been working his way and is going to take advantage of an opportunity when it is given to him. Just a couple of weeks ago, Heath was the fourth wide receiver on the roster when Dontayvion Wicks was not playing against the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving. He caught four passes for 46 yards receiving in that football game.
On Monday night against the Giants, it was his first career touchdown reception and it will give him confidence moving forward. If Heath has to play a bigger role against Tampa Bay this weekend because of injuries to Watson and Wicks, he is going to be ready to capture the moment. This is still a very young football team at the end of the day and is only 23 years old.
Heath is going to take advantage of this moment. He should step up for the Packers offense if his number is called upon this upcoming weekend.