The Packers’ offense proved a lot of people wrong in 2020. The offense was explosive and no one expected them to be this good. They were the number one scoring offense and led the league in many categories. Certainly the offense took a big step forward and many guys stepped up. Even so, they still can be better then they were in 2020. Here is how the Packers offense might be even better in 2021.
Allen Lazard really stepped up this year in a big way. Lazard was off to a really hot start as he showed he can be a go to guy for Aaron Rodgers. Also, he put up some monster numbers against the New Orleans Saints in week three. Unfortunately he had a core injury that put him out of action for a month. In addition, he was still not back at full strength when he returned, which ruined a promising season. He is also unselfish, willing to block in the run game and get his hands dirty. He will most likely be back next season and if he can stay healthy the sky is the limit.
Marques Valdes Scantling (MVS)
Marques Valdes Scantling had one roller coaster of a season in 2020. He had his good and bad games. He has so much potential to be good. He has shown that his speed can scare opposing defenses. The biggest problem with him is his drops that can be real drive killers at times. His numbers are really better than what they are if he cuts the drops. He was a beast in the NFC championship game, having over 100 yards receiving and a touchdown. Also, he led the NFL in yards per catch at 20.9. Now if he can be more consistent and cut the drops, he can make the offense even more dangerous in 2021.
Add More Receiver Talent in Free Agency
Even with the young receivers stepping up for the Packers, there is still room for improvement. Now Devin Funchess might be with the Packers for the 2021 season or maybe not. The Packers can still look to add talent at wide receiver and there are some good options. Even with the cap space tight, they still can make moves at certain players. One would certainly be Will Fuller who can be dangerous in this offense and should be cheap. Also, Juju Smith Schuster can be a real cheap option on a prove it deal with the Packers. There is Curtis Samuel, too, that can fit the offensive system Matt Lafleur runs. There are certainly options for the Packers to look at in free agency, as seen in the links below:
The Tight End Group
Robert Tonyan led all tight ends in touchdowns in 2020. He had a breakout season this year and looks to build on that success. He will certainly be back, but there are also other guys who can contribute next season. Jace Sternberger had a sophmore slump, mostly due to COVID and concussion issues. He was inactive for the last half of the season, which is not a good look. Sternberger has to step up or the Packers need to move on from him. Josiah Deguara, from his limited snaps, shows that he fits this offense well. He can block and slip behind defenses. Deguara hopefully will be back at full strength and can bring a new element to the offense. Mercedes Lewis is TBD if the Packers bring him back. Also with Dafney, the Packers tight end group can do some real damage in 2021.
The Deep Receiver Class
Just like in the 2020 draft, this one coming up has a pretty good class of wide receivers. I expect the Packers to certainly take a receiver in the first couple of picks. There are lots of good options that should be on the board for the Packers. Getting a talented rookie receiver to go with the combination of Davante Adams, Allan Lazard, and MVS would make a good group. The Packers didn’t draft one last year and got crucified for it all season even though the offense was explosive this year. The Packers shouldn’t pass on a receiver in this year’s draft and should really look to add another young explosive weapon for Aaron Rodgers.
Continuing to Build the Foundation on Offense
What some don’t understand is that the Packers are building a real good foundation on the offense. Brian Gutekenst and Matt Lafleur are doing a good job on setting up the image of the offense. The results are there as the offense took a big jump in the second year and can even be better in 2021. Most of the players, especially Aaron Rodgers, will be in the third year of the system meaning they will have a good concept of it. The Packers, despite what anyone says, will continue to build the offense the way they see it. I do not think anyone will continue to question them if the offense is even better in 2021.