The Packers have some of the best duos in the NFL. They have newly signed Za’Darius and Preston Smith who have a combined 12.5 sacks on the season, they have two great tackles in Bakhtiari and Bulaga, Jaire Alexander and Kevin King are young stud corners, Jamaal Williams and Aaron Jones provide a dynamic one, two punch in the backfield, but they still are missing one key duo on their team. The Packers NEED help at wide receiver. They have a top receiver in Davante Adams, but they need to help him and Rodgers. Adams is getting double and even triple teamed by defenses, and other Packer receivers cannot get open. During the 6 games of the 2019 season so far tight ends and running backs have out received Packer receivers not named Davante Adams 653 yards to 559 yards. If you take out Marquez Valdes-Scantling the gap is even greater at 653 yards to 276 yards by receivers not named Adams or MVS. To say the Packers need help at receiver is as obvious as saying the sky is blue or the Bears still suck. Here are five trades the Packers should consider:
Atlanta Falcons’ Mohamed Sanu:
Mohamed Sanu is a veteran receiver that would immediately bring much needed experience to a young wide receiving core. Sanu is in his 8th year in the NFL and has had over 650 yards over the past three years with the Atlanta Falcons. He also is familiar with Matt LaFleur playing with him in 2016 when he was the quarterbacks coach for the Falcons. Sanu’s familiarity with LaFleur and experience playing behind a star receiver (AJ Green in Cincinnati and Julio Jones in Atlanta) makes him a perfect fit for the Packers. The Falcons season has gone far from planned with a 1-5 start, so embracing the tank could be something they decide to do. If so, the Packers could get Sanu for a relatively cheap price.
Tennessee Titans’ Corey Davis:
Another receiver familiar with Matt LaFleur’s system is Corey Davis. Davis was a receiver for LaFleur while he was the Offensive Coordinator for the Tennessee Titans in 2018. He had high expectations coming into the league in 2017, but has fell short of reaching them. He missed 5 games his rookie year with injury, but in 2018 he played all 16 games and tallied up 891 yards and 4 touchdowns. Those numbers aren’t amazing for a first round draft pick, but considering his quarterbacks were Marcus Mariota and Blaine Gabbert it isn’t too bad. He is a young, explosive receiver that would be an immediate improvement over any number two receiver the Packers have on their roster. With Davis falling short to meet expectations, they might be willing to part ways for the right price.
Miami Dolphins’ DeVante Parker:
DeVante Parker is in a perfect buy low trade target He is on a team that is 100% embracing the tank, and has already traded away three top players in Kenny Stills, Tunsil, and Alonso. Parker has also been rumored to be on the trade block after failing to meet expectations. He has had over 700 yards receiving once in his career and never had over 4 touchdowns. He has not met the expectations attached to a first round pick, and the Dolphins are looking to add as many picks as possible to a young, taking team. With a competent quarterback, Parker has all the talent to turn his young career around.
San Francisco 49ers’ Marquise Goodwin:
Marquise Goodwin would be the perfect compliment to the Packers receiver. He is a pure, speed wide receiver. Just having Goodwin on the field will open everything up in the passing game and give Adams more room to work. Goodwin’s 4.27 second 40 time would be the fastest on the Packers by a wide margin. His first season with the 49ers in 2019 Goodwin racked up 962 yards, but in 2018 was plagued by injury and only played 11 games. He is trying to get back on track this season, but has not been a focal point of the run heavy offense. He is averaging only three targets per game, and only has one touchdown in five games. The trade would need to entice the 49ers who are 5-0 and probably looking to not rock the boat, but the Packers should see if there is anyway they bring in this speed receiver.
Denver Broncos’ Emmanuel Sanders:
This trade is probably talked about most by Packer fans (maybe second to AJ Green), but it is a very realistic and fitting trade for the Packers. The Packers could use any talented receiver to help their offense, but they desperately need a slot receiver. Emmanuel Sanders would fill both of those needs. This season Sanders has played 61% of his snaps in the slot and has more yards than any Packers receiver than Davante Adams with 307 yards.
Sanders has had a great NFL tenure with the Steelers and Broncos, but the Broncos are most likely entering a rebuild and after trading away veteran receiver Thomas at the 2018 deadline, Sanders could be next. He is coming off of a torn Achilles which he suffered in December of 2018 and is in his 10th year of his career, so the asking price should not be high.
The Packers are a top team in the NFC but the receiver position is a blinding flaw. The Packers should look to address this need to help push the team from Super Bowl contenders to Super Bowl favorites.