The packers are on the offensive, but perhaps the most encouraging sign is that they are finding new ways to do this every week.
It was Allen Lazard’s turn on Sunday evening.
After broad receiver Davante Adams retired with a hamstring injury and Saints Aaron Jones ran back, the lesser-known wideout from the state of Iowa came to the big games during the 37:30 win over Saints.
Lazard had six catches for a career height of 146 yards and a touchdown.
“Allen has been such a consistent player for us,” Packers manager Matt LaFleur said of Wes Hodkiewicz from the team’s official website. “He deserved everything he got. I think he has the respect of all of his teammates. I can speak for the coaches, he has all of our respect and he has become a really, really consistent high level player for our offense. “
After the game, Lazard celebrated with his first match ball since the 2017 Liberty Bowl when he starred in Iowa State. He was no longer drafted after that season and the Packers de-registered him from the Jaguars training team in late 2018. Last year he showed signs (35 receptions for 477 yards and two touchdowns) but nothing like last night’s breakout game which included receptions of 48 and 72 yards.
“I think we have the best deep ball thrower in the league, if not in NFL history,” said Lazard of quarterback Aaron Rodgers. “I think it’s huge to go out there and connect with these pieces. . . . Not only does it create trust for us, it also robs them of trust and energy when they should have some.
“To be able to connect on those deep passes, I think I’ll get more respect in my vertical play when I’m slow.”
Perhaps, but he was quick to be there when the packers needed him.