The Green Bay Packers and Buffalo Bills will face off on Sunday Night Football this week. The Packers are 3-4 and in the midst of a three-game losing streak. Meanwhile, the Bills are 5-1 and winners of three straight games. Green Bay is searching for its first ever win on the road in Buffalo, and will have to do so with a young and relatively inexperience group of wide receivers. As was reported earlier today, the Packers elevated Innis Gaines and Kobe Jones from the practice squad. Juwann Winfree, who is out of elevation options, will not play.
The Packers Wide Receivers versus the Buffalo Bills
The Packers also declined to elevate wide receiver Travis Fulgham from the practice squad, meaning they will go into Sunday night with the following wide receivers: Sammy Watkins, Romeo Doubs, Christian Watson, Amari Rodgers, and Samori Toure. Allen Lazard stated earlier this week that he likely will not play. He suffered a should injury in the Packers’ loss to the Washington Commanders. Additionally, Randall Cobb is on injured reserve with an ankle injury.
Active Packers Wide Receivers 2022 Stats
- Sammy Watkins- eight receptions, 147 yards, zero touchdowns
- Romeo Doubs- 26 receptions, 243 yards, two touchdowns
- Christian Watson- seven receptions, 52 yards, no touchdowns
- Amari Rodgers- three receptions, 28 yards, no touchdowns
- Samori Toure- one reception, four yards, no touchdowns
The Packers Need to Get Creative on Offense
Obviously, the offensive strategy that Packers have been using over the last few weeks is not working. Aaron Rodgers will now be without his two most trusted wide receivers in Lazard and Cobb. Those two players are also the leading receivers on the Packers’ roster in terms of yards. After them, though, is Robert Tonyan who has 30 receptions (leads the team) for 251 yards and one touchdown.
As I wrote here, this lack of depth at the wide receiver position may finally force Matt LaFleur (and/or Aaron Rodgers) to finally call more running plays, or at least more plays for Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon.
Keep in mind, the Packers defeated the Arizona Cardinals last year without their top three wide receivers. In that game, Jones and Dillon had 38 touches and Jones was the Packers’ most targeted receiver (11). Of course, the Bills are a much better team than the 2021 Cardinals. That being said, if there was ever a time to really change up how they approach their offense, it is now.
For More Great Wisconsin Sports Content
Follow me on Twitter at @theotherRobin19 and follow us @WiSportsHeroics for more great content. To read more of our articles and keep up to date on the latest in Wisconsin sports, click here! Also, check out our merch store for some amazing WSH merchandise!