Allen Lazard to Packers’ COVID-19 list, running out of starter receivers

Allen Lazard to Packers' COVID-19 list, running out of starter receivers

Without Lazard, without Adams, and possibly without Valdes-Scantling, who will Rodgers pitch to?

GREEN BAY, Wis. – The Packers put Allen Lazard on the reserve / COVID-19 list on Tuesday, meaning the team would be without its top three wide receivers heading into Thursday’s game against the undefeated Arizona Cardinals.

The news about Lazard, who was added to the list arrives a day after the main receiver, Davante Adams, was entered on the same list. By all indications, Lazard is not vaccinated and will be quarantined for five days, which means he will miss Thursday’s game.

That means that unless Marquez Valdes-Scantling can come off injured reserve (he missed the last four games with a hamstring injury, but there’s hope he can play), the Packers could be without their top three receivers against Arizona.

“Sure there is a small impact factor,” he accepted. Rodgers on the Adams test. “But we fixed it last year. Maybe we are a little bit healthier than some of the other teams in terms of not having as many cases. But there have been cases here and we have treated them.”

Veteran Randall Cobb, who returned to the Packers this season after a year in Dallas and another in Houston, could be Aaron Rodgers’ main target against the Cardinals; running back Aaron Jones is second on the team with 26 receptions.

The only way that Adams could play in Thursday’s game is if he is asymptomatic and has two negative tests 24 hours apart. He has not been forced to follow the protocols for unvaccinated players, an indication that he is vaccinated.

The Packers are scheduled to leave for Phoenix on Wednesday, and Adams couldn’t travel with the team without two negative tests. However, he could possibly travel on game day, if he receives the second negative test by then.

“I’ve talked to him,” he shared Rodgers about Adams. “He appears to be fine from a health standpoint. Obviously, he’s disappointed.”

Rodgers, who expected it to be a false positive for Adams, stressed Tuesday that he was not concerned about his own health regarding COVID, although he did not elaborate.

Meanwhile, the Packers have managed to win all six games Adams has missed in the past two seasons – two last year and four in 2019.

“I dont know [cómo hemos ido 6-0 sin Adams]”Rodgers sneered after a laugh.” We’re not a better team without him, that’s for sure. I would have to watch every one of those games, but we found a way in those games. “

Surprisingly, Rodgers and the Packers have actually been more productive on offense without Adams during those six games than with him since the start of the 2019 season: Rodgers completion percentage (70% without Adams, 66% with) and yards per game (311 vs 247).

Rodgers has 17 touchdowns and one interception in those six games without the star catcher.

The Cardinals are well aware of Rodgers ‘success without Adams on the field, and defensive coordinator Vance Joseph recited the Packers’ stats without Adams. Joseph pointed out that when quarterbacks like Rodgers don’t have their star catcher, the offensive responsibility falls on them.

“Sometimes it helps them play even cleaner,” Joseph said. “He’s not forced to force the ball to Adams. And when you have a guy like Adams who’s a volume pass receiver, you can goad him into throwing the ball at Adams. But without Adams, Aaron is going to play a real game and stuff. , sometimes, it is dangerous for us ”.

“But he’s played his best football without Adams. And again, not having Adams is not good for them, but it’s going to force Aaron to play cleaner. History shows it, he’s played well and we’ll see how it works.”

Adams ranks third in the NFL with 744 passing yards on 52 receptions, tied for second, but relatively under control the past two weeks with 10 total receptions for 165 yards and two touchdowns.

Still, Adams ‘receptions this season are double Jones’ and 37 more than Lazard (15), which is the largest gap between the No. 1 and No. 2 receivers on a team in the NFL.

Now it’s up to the coach Matt LaFleur, to the offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett and the coordinator of the aerial game Luke getsy somehow make a plan that works.

“It definitely gets modified, sure,” he said. Rodgers. “You know he hasn’t had the same kind of receptions as maybe in the first five weeks of the last two weeks. But he’s definitely a focal point of our offense.”

While Cobb was not present for the six games without Adams in the lineup, it appears that LaFleur and his staff mentioned the team’s record without Adams once or twice.

“Yes, yes, we have heard it,” Cobb emphasized. “It’s 6-0”.

ESPN’s Josh Weinfuss contributed to this story.

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