Eventually, not having top tier receiving talent was going to be a problem for Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense. Last Sunday against the Buccaneers was a warning shot for Brian Gutekunst that Devante Adams cannot be the go-to target on every play. Rodgers finished with 160 passing yards while throwing a pair of interceptions and seeing one returned the opposite way for a touchdown.
Simply put, the Packers need receivers that Rodgers can rely on.
Green Bay has relied on Allen Lazard and Marquez Valdes-Scantling to take the pressure off the Pro-Bowl target, but one currently is on the IR after undergoing core muscle surgery. Ross (5’11”) certainly won’t win the battles in height against the 6’5″ Lazard, but his speed could allow him to win off the line of scrimmage, giving Rodgers time to connect early. If anything, he’d act as a decoy and open the passing game for players such as Valdes-Scantling and flex tight end Robert Tonyan.
In a race for the NFC North title, Green Bay can’t pin its hopes on Adams having a 130-yard, three-touchdown outing each week. Ross at least spreads the field more, adds a first-round talent to the receivers room, and gives Rodgers ample weapons to connect with in what’s looking to be an MVP season.