Packers trust Davante Adams replacement process, develop new spaces

from Bucky Brooks
FOX Sports NFL Analyzer

If you expect Green Bay Packers violation to be dropped after the departure of Davante Adamsyou paid no attention to the thriving large factory in the Midwest.

While the football world and even the star quarterback routinely punish the organization for not using first-round peaks on wide receivers, the Packers have routinely designed and developed all-star pass-catchers for the past 20 years or more.

From Robert Brooks to Antonio Freeman to Donald Driver to Greg Jennings to James Jones to Jordi Nelson to Randall Cobb and Adams, the Packers have a long history of transforming development prospects into dominant playmakers on the perimeter.

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Of course, the presence of a pair of defenders in the Hall of Fame (Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers) played a big role in Packers’ ability to maximize the talents of unforeseen prospects, but there is something in the franchise development process that allows young players to outgrow in prominent roles.

“There is a process that has always worked for the Packers,” said the current NFL head coach, who is familiar with the team’s internal work. “Young receivers come and win before they take on big roles. They’ve been doing it for years and there’s no reason to believe they won’t continue to do it.”

As a Packers player in the mid-1990s, I watched several pass hunters work through the process to become perimeter holders. The original plan was created by Mike Holmgren when he arrived in Green Bay in 1992. He believed that young receivers had to pay their dues as kickbacks and additional receivers (№ 3 or № 4 in rotation) before climbing the chart. of depth.

During the draft evaluations, Holmgren wished receivers who handled the duties of returning blows like colleagues, because of the endurance and outdoor running skills needed to succeed in the rematch. These recoil skills will be converted into large YAC (yards after catch) numbers in a scheme that includes various catch and run concepts. In addition, the endurance and perseverance used in the rematch will be evident when the wide outs were asked to make key catches in traffic.

While the young broad players received in-depth instructions from their coaches on the nuances of position play, the daily lessons from Favre and Rodgers accelerated their development. Obsessive attention to detail in the schemes and traffic along the route has helped young people gain the trust of QB1, and this is certainly important when it comes to opportunities and production.

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Given the success of the process, which began with Hall of Fame CEO Ron Wolfe working with Holmgren to build a champion caliber list, the organizational philosophy was passed on to a legion of scouts who will rise to prominent roles in the organization.

General Manager Brian Gutekunst was certainly familiar with the plan and watched the process unfold throughout his time with the team. He watched the development of all the stars after all the stars in the program and these success stories certainly encouraged him to continue on this path when he became the team’s architect in 2018.

Looking at the current Packers list, the team followed the plan to find a viable replacement for Adams in the perimeter. Although a collective effort may be needed to replace its stellar output, the team has produced a handful of pass hunters with the potential to develop into dynamic weapons.

Based on the way the development plan has worked in the past, I would look for Christian Watson (second round, 2022 project), Romeo Dubs (fourth round, 2022) and Amari Rodgers (third round, 2021). ) to become major players for Packers in the near future.

Watson will certainly receive the first bite of the apple as the highest selection in the wide room of the receivers. Packers actually swapped to choose the North Dakota product at No. 34 overall. 6 feet 4, 208 pounds, catching passes, ran 4.36 seconds 40 in the combine and is designed as a big game machine with the ability to stretch the field, which will turn it into a nightmare to protect the perimeter. He ended his collegial career with 57 playoffs of 20 yards and more with a total of 180 touches (attacks, receptions and returns).

As an ultra-athletic playmaker with size, length and explosiveness to win one-on-one matches on the first day, Watson can add dimension to the pass game as a vertical threat. What’s more, it can look like the Packers’ new number one, without taking the traditional path to the top.

“Its combination of size and speed is great,” Packers Offensive Coordinator Adam Stenavich said recently. “He’s a big man. He can move. He’ll be a problem once he understands things.”

Doubs has not received much attention after the draft weekend, but the former Nevada winner has the tools to become the next development prospect to appear in Green Bay. Weighing 6 feet 2, 205 pounds with strong hands and cunning running skills, Doubs amassed 26 touchdowns in his career and two seasons per 1,000 yards at the Mountain West Conference. Not only does he have the physical traits that the Packers want, but his experience as a kickback (a career average of 12.5 yards) should serve him well as he takes on the role of minor successor in the squad.

Remember that the original plan was for the rookie to pay his dues as a returnee before leaving his mark as a full-time successor. Doubs has the greatest potential to make a smooth transition from return to playmaker in the wide rotation of Packers.

Despite Amari Rodgers’ spotty debut season, I wouldn’t rule out his chances of making a big contribution as a pass this year. While his 2021 punch and return mistakes overshadowed his intriguing tools (route and catch-up skills), the second-year professional can find his way on the field after a solid off-season job. As an experienced player with position flexibility (split end, flanker and slot receiver), Rodgers is a valuable player who can make his mark as WR3 / WR4 in spread formations.

The fear and anxiety that tore Green Bay fans apart after the Adams trade has led some observers to predict a drop in a breach that consistently ranks among the league’s elite. Don’t bet on that. With a tried and true development plan that created star after star, the Packers’ attack will continue to unfold with a diverse set of leading characters.

Bucky Brooks is an NFL analyst for FOX Sports and appears regularly “Talk about yourself.” He also broke the game for the NFL Network and co-hosted the “Moving the Sticks” podcast.

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