Is the Packers offense better, worse, or the same? Answer Hangs On If Davante Adams, David Bakhtiari’s Return, Is Replaced – Green Bay Packers Blog

GREEN BAY, Wisconsin – The Green Bay Packers offense can’t be better without Davante Adams, To the right? It can’t even be the same, can it? So it must be worse.

That’s the simple assessment of an offense that lost an All-Pro receiver in its prime and didn’t add a marquee veteran or first-round pick at the position.

But there’s more to Coach Matt LaFleur’s offense than just the quarterback and his receivers. He wisely played a part in his first three years as a coach Aaron Rodgers and Adams. But his playbook is full of plans for his running backs and tight ends that haven’t been fully explored.

So instead of just picking one of those three options—better, worse, or the same—for the entire crime, a more accurate answer could come from a breakdown by location.

Here’s a look at each group on offense with an answer to that question:


returnees: Aaron Rodgers, Jordan love

losses: Kurt Benkert

Additions: Danny Etling

Better, worse or the same? Better

Rodgers is happy, Love has some real playing experience and Etling seems to be at least as good – if not better – as a No. 3 option than Benkert. While Rodgers’ three-year, $150 million contract extension signed in March doesn’t guarantee he’ll play that long, he said he will undoubtedly end his career with the Packers. It gives him a peace of mind he didn’t have early last season when he opened the season with a poor performance in the blowout loss to the Saints. He quickly rebounded to his MVP level and his play for the rest of last season gave no indication that a significant drop was imminent.


returnees: Allen Lazard, Randall Cobb, Amari Rodgers, Malik Taylor, Juwann Winfrei

losses: Davante Adams, Marquez Valdes scantling, Calm St. Brown

Additions: Sammy Watkins, Christian Watson, Romeo Doubs, Samori Toure, Danny Davis

Better, worse or the same? Worse

Yes, the Packers have won all seven games Adams has missed in the last three seasons, but that doesn’t mean they’re better — or even equal — without one of the league’s best receivers. They also lost their deep threat in Valdes-Scantling, who left for a bigger payday ($10 million a year) with the Chiefs. Over the past four seasons, Adams has been tackled on 31% of his runs, the highest rate of any wide receiver in the NFL, according to research by ESPN Stats & Information. Between Adams and Valdes-Scantling, the Packers lost two of their top three most wanted receivers from last season. There are question marks about everyone else in the group. Is Lazard ready for the jump to WR1? Can Cobb stay sane? Will Amari Rodgers have a bad rookie year? Does Watkins have anything left? And will any of the three draft picks (Watson, Doubs and Toure) have an immediate impact?

run back

returnees: Aaron Jones, AJ Dillon, PatrickTaylor, Kylin Hill

losses: None

Additions: Tyler Goodson, BJ Baylor

Better, worse or the same? The same

The only question is how LaFleur and new offensive coordinator Adam Stenavich will deploy Jones and Dillon. Or maybe they will use them together. Dillon seems poised for an even bigger role, but not at the expense of the dynamic Jones. They combined for 1,602 rushing yards last season (803 for Dillon and 799 for Jones, who missed two games), but Jones played a much larger role in the passing game (52 catches for 391 yards and six touchdown catches). Hill tore his cruciate ligament at the end of October and if he’s not ready for the opener, Taylor is a decent RB3 option.

tight ends

returnees: Robert Tonian, Marcedes Lewis, Josiah Deguara, Tyler Davis, Dominique Dafney

losses: None

Additions: Eli Wolf, Aliza Mack

Better, worse or the same? Worse

It’s worse until Tonyan gets back. Week 1 remains a possibility, but everything should go smoothly in his rehabilitation after the cruciate ligament rupture at the end of October. Lewis, 38, never fails to defy age, but at some point he will inevitably break down. Davis is an intriguing prospect who joined the team mid-last year but has no experience yet.

offensive line

returnees: David Bakhtiari, Elgton Jenkins, Jon Runyan, Royce Newman, Josh Myers, Josch Nijman, Cole van Lanen, Jake Hanson

losses: Bill Turner, Luke Patrick, Dennis Kelly

Additions: sean ryan, ZachTom, Rasheed Walker, Caleb Jones, cabbage cutter, Michael Menett, George Moore

Better, worse or the same? Worse

Bakhtiari is the key to the whole lineage. When he’s finally back from his ACL rip on Dec. 31, 2020 — and that remains a question after playing just 27 snaps all of last season — the rest of the line should fall into place. Jenkins, who tore his cruciate ligament last November, may not be back for the start of the season, but if he does return, he could either return to left guard (where he was a 2020 Pro Bowler) or switch to right tackle from Turner, who was a pay cut. Turner and Patrick played more than 1,700 snaps together last season. The uncertainty of both Bakhtiari and Jenkins lining up for the season opener makes that line a question mark.

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