The Green Bay Packers drafted three wide receivers in the NFL Draft for the second year in a row. Last year saw the team add Christian Watson, Romeo Doubs, and Samori Toure to make up for the departures of Davante Adams (trade), Marquez Valdes-Scantling (free agency), and Equanimeous St. Brown (free agency). This offseason saw Allen Lazard depart for the New York Jets and the likely departure of Randall Cobb. To replenish their diminished wide receiver core, the Packers drafted Jayden Reed, Dontayvion Wicks, and Grant DuBose.
Like last season, Green Bay took their first wide receiver in the second round of the draft. It was this receiver, Jayden Reed, who head coach Matt LaFleur had glowing praise for in his first media session after the draft.
Green Bay Packers Head Coach Matt LaFleur Praises Wide Receiver Jayden Reed
The Packers have a lot of expectations for their wide receivers. Not only do they need to be adept at catching passes, they also need to block downfield and have an impeccable work ethic. These were just some of the things LaFleur praised Reed for doing when asked about him during his media session:
“Yeah, I think he is a super talented receiver. Certainly has a lot of the characteristics that we look for. First of all, he’s fast. He can make contested catches. He’s got that return ability, which is huge. I think he’s got a lot of versatility, being able to go outside or inside. But more than anything else, I love the way he competes. I think he’s got a dog mentality, and that is what we are looking for, not just at the wide receiver position, but at every position on the team.”
Reed certainly brings a certain level of excitement to a receiver room that already includes Watson and Doubs. While the two second-year receivers are projected to be lined up on the outside, they are also versatile enough to line up in the slot. Similarly, Reed is believed to be the Packers’ main slot receiver going into preseason workouts, but is also versatile enough to line up outside.
The work ethic that he will bring to Green Bay cannot be undervalued. As the team transitions to a new starting quarterback in Jordan Love, there are bound to be trials and learning moments. It will be important for the young wide receivers to have a strong work ethic to build chemistry with each other and Love, and to overcome the adversities they are sure to face.
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