Packers stay assured in receiving group with out Funchess

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Green Bay basic supervisor Brian Gutekunst says Devin Funchess resolution to decide out for this season isnt essentially inflicting the Packers to get extra aggressive in searching for assist on the large receiver place.

Funchess introduced Tuesday he isn’t enjoying this season for the security of himself and his family whereas noting that a few of his closest family members have skilled the life-threatening impression of COVID-19 first hand.

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The 26-year-old was the one main offseason addition to Green Bays receiving group.

I wouldnt say had been any extra lively than we ever have been in in search of assist at any place, Gutekunst mentioned Sunday in a Zoom session with reporters.

Obviously its somewhat bit completely different yr as a result of theres not going to be any preseason games to guage, so I feel had been going to must closely depend on a variety of different methods to guage players on different groups and players who can be found via the waiver wire and different means.

Davante Adams was the one Packer to catch as many as 50 passes or accumulate as many as 500 yards receiving last season. The Packers seemed to provide him some assist after they signed Funchess, who caught not less than 4 touchdowns for Carolina in every of his first 4 NFL seasons earlier than a damaged collarbone precipitated him to play only one game with Indianapolis last yr.

Funchess resolution means the Packers should depend on continued growth from youthful receivers.

Obviously we help Devin, Gutekunst mentioned. All of our players are going via some actually robust conditions, robust decisions they must make with their households. I actually recognize sort of how he dealt with that scenario with us.

But its actually no completely different than every other yr (when) you lose players for various causes accidents and such. Its simply sort of a each day analysis of where your groups at and attempting to enhance it.

Packers coach Matt LaFleur expressed confidence that the Packers returning wideouts would advantage from their expertise adjusting to this offense last season, when this workers had simply arrived in Green Bay.

Whats so nice is these guys have a yr beneath their belt in our scheme and theyve had a very productive offseason, LaFleur mentioned. Although they havent been within the constructing, I really feel just like the conferences have gone very, very effectively.

The Packers will want Allen Lazard to construct on the momentum he established last season, when the previous undrafted free agent from Iowa State caught 35 passes for 477 yards and three touchdowns. Green Bay additionally returns Marquez Valdes-Scantling, a 2018 fifth-round decide from South Florida who had 26 catches for 452 yards and two touchdowns.

LaFleur particularly talked about the potential impression of Equanimeous St. Browns return from an ankle harm that sidelined him all of last season. The 2018 sixth-round choice from Notre Dame had 21 catches for 328 yards his rookie yr.

Its going to be nice to get EQ back within the fold, LaFleur mentioned. That definitely damage us last yr. So we do have a variety of confidence in our receiving corps and theyre going to must take that subsequent step for us to be as productive as wed wish to be this coming fall.

Tight finish Jace Sternberger was positioned on the COVID-19 reserve checklist Thursday, however the Packers consider he may emerge as a favourite possibility for two-time MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The 2019 third-round decide from Texas A&M missed the primary half of his rookie yr with an ankle harm and had no regular-season receptions however caught a landing move within the NFC championship game loss to the San Francisco 49ers.

Were relying on Jace to be a giant a part of what had been going to do that season, Gutekunst mentioned.

The Packers didnt choose any receivers in a draft that was usually thought-about to be loaded at that place. Gutekunst mentioned instantly after the draft that he believed the checklist of accessible receivers was robust on the prime however not essentially as deep as marketed.

When 13 receivers already had been taken by the point the Packers made their second-round decide, they determined to fortify different positions as an alternative.

Rather than utilizing their first-round decide on a receiver, the Packers traded as much as take Utah State quarterback Jordan Love.

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