Allen Lazard will be a key wide receiver for the Packers this season
The Green Bay Packers had a long list of names on Friday’s injury report. Four of them were questionable, including wide receiver Allen Lazard. Lazard was predicted to be the Packers’ number one wide receiver this season after the departure of Davante Adams.
It appears the Packers have good news before their Sunday Night Football game against the Chicago Bears. Per Adam Schefter of ESPN, Lazard is expected to play against the Bears. This would be a positive development for an offense that struggled to score in Week 1 without his veteran leadership on the wide receiver corps.
Lazard could help breathe life into the offense
Allen Lazard was a limited participant in practice this week for the Packers. He is coming off of an ankle injury he sustained when he was stepped on in practice earlier in September. It’s yet to be seen how much impact Lazard will have in the game following his limited participation in practice. The Bears would still have to stretch their defense if Lazard was used as a decoy.
His presence should help alleviate pressure on the offense. Without Lazard, the Packers’ offense struggled, scoring just seven points in their loss to the Minnesota Vikings. Packers running back A.J. Dillion was the teams leading receiver in the game. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers looked uncomfortable with his receivers after rookie Christian Watson dropped the opening pass of the game.
Allen Lazard had 40 receptions for 1,448 receiving yards and eight touchdowns for the Packers in 2021. He’s vital to the Packers in more than their passing attack. Packers offensive coordinator Adam Stenavich said this week that Lazard would be a key blocker in the team’s running attack.