The Packers head into a big matchup with Tampa Bay in week 3. This apparently is not the matchup to be a wide receiver. Tampa Bay has Chris Godwin and Julio Jones most likely out and Mike Evans suspended. The Packers had 4 receivers that did not practice yesterday and things do not look much better today. Which Packers receivers will we see Sunday?
Allen Lazard is nursing his ankle injury still. Christian Watson and Sammy Watkins both have hamstring injuries. Randall Cobb has been out with an illness all week. This leaves Romeo Doubs and a bunch of practice squad players. Lazard looks on track to play. He was limited in practice last week but ended up playing and had a big impact on the game. Watson practicing today is a good sign as well even in a limited fashion. While it is not great that Cobb and Watkins are not practicing, they are veterans. Cobb especially can seamlessly fit into the offense and Watkins knows his role well. However, if they cannot go, what happens?
Packers Game Plan For Sunday
The game plan was always going to revolve around the running game. An offense based around Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon worked last week. The issue this week is that Tampa Bay is a much tougher defense. This could also be the week that we see a big rookie breakout simply out of necessity. If Christian Watson ends up playing, he could see more targets if both Cobb and Watkins do not play. Matt LaFleur mentioned earlier today that Romeo Doubs would need to carry more of the load alluding to the fact that the Packers may be missing receivers Sunday.
This feels like a big game Sunday. However, it is only the third game of the season. The next four for the Packers. Patriots, Giants, Jets and Commanders, are very winnable games. 1-2 would not be great but the Packers are thinking long term. They would rather have the full receiving corp healthy for a playoff push. We will see Sunday which Packers receivers play.