The wide receiver position in Green Bay continues to be a process this season. After a tough day of practice on Tuesday, quarterback Aaron Rodgers held a meeting with his young receivers to let them know that he is going to demand a lot of them. He challenged them. They responded well, according to ESPN‘s Rob Demovsky. That did not stop the team from bringing in some more help. On Wednesday, Green Bay claimed a former receiver of their’s in Travis Fulgham. Fulgham was last with the Broncos this preseason. This move could be more significant than people think.
Fulgham has seen a lot in his young NFL career. After being a sixth-round pick of the Detroit Lions in 2019, he went on to bounce around between the Packers (for nine days), Eagles, Dolphins, and Broncos for each of the next few seasons. He also has a brief history of production in the league. In 2020, Fulgham led the Eagles in receiving yards with 539 yards on 38 receptions with four touchdowns to go along with that. In Weeks 4-8, the 26-year old would catch fire. He hauled in 29 passes for 438 yards and four touchdowns. His familiarity with the Packers, although it was brief, is key. Also, the last place Fulgham played in was Denver. The current Denver Broncos Head Coach is former Packers Offensive Coordinator Nathaniel Hackett. So, he knows more about the Packers offensive system than people think.
It will be an uphill battle for him to make the team because there are only two preseason games left for the team, including the next one coming on Friday night against the Saints at Lambeau Field. He is another receiver on the Packers roster that stands at 6-1 or taller (Lazard, Watson, Doubs, Watkins). The Virginia native stands at 6-2 and weighs 215 lbs. He has seen a lot of offensive systems in his three-year career. He has more experience than rookies Romeo Doubs and Christian Watson, as well as second-year receiver Amari Rodgers. If Fulgham can find a way to make an impact similarly to the one he made in Philadelphia, he could make the 53-man roster. If he does indeed do that, maybe he could have a 2019 Allen Lazard-like effect on this offense. He could be an unknown player that starts to gain more and more trust from Rodgers. At worst, he will push the young receivers to be much better. This is a smart move by the Packers.