The Green Bay Packers have been perennial Super Bowl contenders out of the NFC for the past several years, and when they fell short in the playoffs, the criticism was often that their receiving corps was too top-heavy and not strong enough outside of Davante Adams.
But Adams is no longer in the picture after Green Bay traded him to the Las Vegas Raiders in March.. The team now has to face life with what remains of that receiving corps plus the players added over the offseason.
The Packers were able to allocate resources elsewhere because of the savings from the Adams trade, and they could well have their best defense since the last time they won a Super Bowl. The real question, though, now becomes whether this team can win a championship with its current receivers.
Aaron Rodgers may not have always had an elite receiving corps throughout his career, but he has almost always had at least one elite receiver. Before Adams, it was Jordy Nelson. And before Nelson, it was Greg Jennings — and even Jennings was taking over the No. 1 job from Donald Driver at the point Rodgers became the starter. Sometimes those receivers overlapped and Rodgers had a great receiving corps, but even when they didn’t, he had one standout he could rely upon.
Without Adams, the Packers have no proven go-to target in 2022.