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Much is to be said about the receiver position in Green Bay and the need for more "weapons" in the passing game. However, it may surprise you to realize the Packers are at risk of having to cut one, before we even see him truly under the lights. They may not be known as the most fearsome group in the NFL, but the Packers are loaded for a time with youth at the position. Davante Adams obviously leads the group. Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Allen Lazard who seemed to come into their own in 2020 can justify consistent playing time in 2021. In April the Packers added another well rounded young wide receiver in Clemson's Amari Rodgers by way of the 3rd round. After that and adding to some depth the Packers also roster Equanimeous St. Brown, Reggie Begelton, then a host of other young receivers. It may go without saying but the Packers have some decisions to make when it comes to their free agent acquisition from a year ago in Devin Funchess.
Devin Funchess was a very intriguing addition for the Packers in 2020. Four years in Carolina from 2015-2018 and a little over 2200 yards and 21 touchdowns seems promising pairing with Aaron Rodgers. However, after a neck injury held him out of most to all of the 2019 season with the Colts. Then shortly after signing with Green Bay, a world wide pandemic kicked into full gear. Funchess was one of the many players across the NFL that chose to sit out the regular season for health risks. This meant the Packers went on the year without him and another year of installing the playbook that Funchess wasn't present for. According to head coach Matt Lafleur. "there is a lot to learn there and (Funchess) has got to continue to grind over the summer so he can put his best foot forward in training camp." per Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com .
Though Funchess has had several productive seasons since entering the NFL in 2015 the chips may start to stack against him if he can't impress coaches in training camp and preseason games. Rookie receiver Amari Rodgers has already impressed in camp as of late and even showing some duel threat ability to run the ball. It's already apparent he may already be battling for 5th or 6th on the roster. This if he can make the cut at all over St. Brown and Reggie Begelton who the Packers signed in 2020 as well after amassing a little over 1400 yards and 10 touchdowns in a breakout 2019 season in the Canadian Football League. Needless to say this is a position battle to watch into the summer for sure.
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