The Green Bay Packers offense can’t get healthy
New York Jets head coach Robert Saleh made a crack yesterday that the Green Bay Packers would find out they couldn’t swim. Right now, the Packers have enough trouble trying to tread water. Injuries are hammering the offense, especially at the wide receiver position. The Packers had Christian Watson out this week. Randall Cobb went down during the game. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers was slinging balls to practice squad players against the Jets.
The wide receivers room isn’t going to be healed any time soon. Matt LaFleur gave an update Monday afternoon at his press conference on injuries at receiver that offered good and bad news. According to Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Reporter, LaFleur indicated a swap of wide receivers was coming to the team’s injured reserve. Randall Cobb is likely going on, and veteran Sammy Wakins is returning.
LaFleur said that WR Randall Cobb is going to be out a while, but said he avoided serious injury. Translation: he will go on injured reserve. He said he's hopeful that WR Sammy Watkins, who is on IR, can begin practicing this week.
— Tom Silverstein (@TomSilverstein) October 17, 2022
Matt LaFleur needs help for his offense
The Packers are going to need to make a move on offense. Whether the help comes in the form of an offensive lineman or wide receiver is yet to be seen. Rodgers has talked to management about potentially adding help. After the Packers’ performance in Week 8 and the onslaught of injuries, the team must be more active in making a roster move. If LaFleur’s offense is going to continue to be pass-heavy this season, they have to make a move at wide receiver.
The Packers’ offense will be better with Watkins, but Cobb is a major hurt. Cobb is one of Rodgers’ favorite targets. And with the new faces on the Packers, he was a security blanket. It’s also unclear how much time Watkins will need to be 100 percent in games. Watkins might take a while to ramp up action at practice before he can be a full go during games.