The Green Bay Packers’ wide receiver room has been the talk of the town all off-season. Brian Gutekunst has made plenty of moves after the departure of Davante Adams and Marquez Valdes-Scantling. Bringing in Sammy Watkins, Christian Watson, Romeo Doubs, and Samori Toure in free agency and the draft figures to be the immediate fix. Many are calling for at least one more veteran move going into the season to bring in more experience. One beat writer suggested that person to be Emmanuel Sanders:
Emmanuel Sanders to Green Bay?
Emmanuel Sanders proved in 2021 that age is just a number. At 34 years old he put up 42 receptions, 626 yards, and 4 touchdowns. He’ll enter the 2022 season at 35 years old and a free agent. While his numbers last year were good enough to be #2 on most teams, he would provide essential veteran leadership for the Packers’ locker room. Still able to make plays when needed, he would be a consistent third down / deep threat outlet for Rodgers when needed.
He has been consistently productive since his third season in the league regardless of quarterback play and situation. His 2021 season with the Bills continued that streak, as he averaged 14.9 yards per catch. His ability to win with quickness off the line of scrimmage and cut sharply on intermediate routes makes him a perfect fit for an anticipatory passer like Rodgers. Sanders’ presence would allow the younger talents to take their time to acclimate to the NFL.
It would certainly be an affordable option for the Packers. Sanders would make the wide receiver room immediately better and provide added development for the Packers’ younger wide receivers.
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