The Inexperienced Bay Packers received 13 video games and reached the NFC championship in 2019, however their offense by and huge upset. They ranked 18th in complete offense and 17th in passing—regardless of rostering two-time NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers.
The Packers leaned on the energy of their protection to information them to a deep playoff run. However as a way to replicate and even develop on their workforce success, the offense have to be higher. The Packers lacked a constant second choice within the passing sport to enrich three-time Professional Bowler Davante Adams. They want somebody to fill that position desperately.
Enter Allen Lazard, the previous undrafted receiver who Rodgers talked up this spring. Lazard was the favourite for the WR2 job—particularly because the workforce elected to not choose a wideout within the 2020 NFL Draft—nevertheless it appears to be like all however solidified after Devin Funchess opted out of the upcoming season. Funchess signed with the Packers as a free agent within the offseason.
Lazard, the 6-4, third-year vast receiver, confirmed flashes of sturdy play final yr, albeit in a brief pattern dimension. He did not make the opening roster out of coaching camp, however was saved on the apply squad. When his quantity was lastly known as, he made a right away affect.
After seeing a mere 21 snaps over the primary 5 video games of the season, Lazard earned 17 snaps in a Week 6 comeback win over the Lions. Regardless of being on the sector for under 23% of the snaps within the contest, he led the Packers in catches (4) and receiving yards (65). He snagged his first profession TD on a 35-yard move from Rodgers. Rodgers had an ideal passer ranking (158.3) when focusing on Lazard.
ALLEN LAZARD WITH HIS FIRST NFL TOUCHDOWN WHAT A PLAY!!! 🌪🚨 pic.twitter.com/NT10pN2U0N
— OutCYde the Strains (@OutCYdetheLines) October 15, 2019
Lazard ended the yr with 35 catches for 477 yards and three TDs. His finest statistical sport of the season got here within the Packers’ Week 12 blowout of the New York Giants. Lazard caught three passes for 103 yards and a rating. For the second time of the season, Rodgers mustered an ideal passer ranking when focusing on Lazard.
Allen Lazard was the best graded (87.8) participant from offense for the #Packers of their win over the Giants.
Lazard had an ideal passer ranking when focused and likewise was the best graded participant in run-blocking (91.2).#GoPackGo pic.twitter.com/SfMuaDIka7
— PFF GB Packers (@PFF_Packers) December 2, 2019
For the season, Lazard performed simply 44 % of the snaps. That quantity is certain to be a lot greater this yr, given the success price Rodgers loved when throwing to Lazard.
Seems like a good time to remind everybody that Aaron Rodgers was at his finest when focusing on Allen Lazard final yr: pic.twitter.com/0DWfgy5CQt
— John Daigle (@notJDaigle) July 28, 2020
Rodgers had a passer ranking of 116.7 final season when focusing on Lazard. Professional Soccer Focus (PFF) graded Lazard because the fourth-best receiver when focused in single protection final yr. With Adams probably to attract a number of double-teams from opposing defenses, Lazard can have loads of 1-on-1 conditions to capitalize on.
👏 Highest receiving grade when focused vs. single protection in 2019 per PFF:
4. @AllenLazard pic.twitter.com/HAgDFvaRab
— FOX Sports activities: NFL (@NFLonFOX) July 27, 2020
Lazard additionally proved to be a reliable blocker. In line with PFF, he was fourth amongst WRs final yr in run blocking grade (82.0). There are many different analytical statistics in Lazard’s favor. Soccer Outsiders ranked Lazard 18th amongst all receivers in DVOA (defense-adjusted worth over common). He averaged 1.62 yards per route run, rating 44th amongst qualifying receivers by PFF’s metrics.
A giant-play menace, Lazard’s three touchdowns final season got here on receptions of 20 yards or extra. He posted 13.6 yards per catch. Regardless of restricted taking part in time, Lazard registered 13 third-down receptions, the second-most on the Packers. He has gained Rodgers’ belief and appears primed for a breakout marketing campaign in 2020.