Packers, Eagles already in bother after failing to repair receiver spot this offseason

Each the Packers and Eagles suffered from lack of depth on the receiver place in 2019, main followers to anticipate every staff to make aggressive runs at wideouts this offseason.

As a substitute, Inexperienced Bay signed Devin Funchess and did little else to handle its weak point, whereas Philadelphia picked Jalen Reagor within the first spherical of the 2020 NFL Draft and signed harm susceptible Marquise Goodwin with out buying a extra reliable choice.

Funchess and Goodwin every introduced Tuesday they might sit out the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. That leaves the Packers and Eagles in considerably self-inflicted binds earlier than the primary snap of the marketing campaign.

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Inexperienced Bay leaned closely on Davante Adams final yr for good cause. Adams made 83 catches in 12 video games and scored 5 regular-season touchdowns. When wholesome, he continues to be one of many NFL’s greatest receivers.

Past Adams, although, is an underwhelming mixture of cross catchers. Undrafted Iowa State product Allen Lazard secured 35 receptions for 477 yards final yr, however his lack of hype getting into the league supplies some worry he is merely a Rodgers creation. Equanimeous St. Brown did not go well with up in 2019 after an honest rookie yr, and Marquez Valdes-Scantling has to date possessed the explosiveness however not the consistency to be efficient.

But the Packers determined to select quarterback Jordan Love within the first spherical regardless of a gifted crop of school receivers obtainable, a decision Rodgers said led him to pour himself some tequila. With Funchess gone, it could possibly be one other uphill battle for Rodgers to make the offense click on, significantly as a result of the signal-caller might be past his greatest years.

Whereas the Eagles did nab Reagor within the draft, they did not enter the fray on the blockbuster receiver trades of DeAndre Hopkins, Stefon Diggs or Brandin Cooks. Their scenario was arguably worse getting into the offseason as a result of they did not have an Adams-type No. 1 choice on their roster, and it hasn’t gotten a lot better.

It is unclear who Carson Wentz will be capable of throw to on any given week. Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson cannot be counted on to stay wholesome. Jeffery, actually, was positioned on the PUP listing Tuesday. Reagor is a rookie who shouldn’t be anticipated to shoulder an enormous load as he adjusts to the NFL. Goodwin has determined he will not play. Eagles followers are usually not eager experiencing the Greg Ward Jr. present once more — not as a result of Ward is unhealthy, however as a result of like Reagor he stays a uncooked expertise.

In order Inexperienced Bay and Philadelphia gear up for playoff pursuits this yr, they’re organising their quarterbacks to be pissed off. The groups solely have themselves guilty for that.