Allen Lazard, Possession Chain Mover, Green Bay Packers
After the whole Equinameous St. Brown experiment, I was a tad hesitant to consider Allen Lazard for this list.
Doing a deep dive on his tape really changed my perspective. Lazard is reliable as they come and is effective a from variety of alignments.
He can win on the outside, in line and in the slot. His separation skills show up the most in the short/intermediate parts of the field and his ball skills shine when he his chasing deep balls.
All of this to say that he can be someone Fields can trust. Lazard is not a receiver that defenses have to game plan around but he can be a viable part of the equation.
The connection with Luke Getsy is also there. So, he could (in theory) plug and play into this offense pretty seamlessly.
The one real question I would raise with the addition of a Lazard is a combatting skillset with Claypool.
They both fit the mold of bigger bodied possession receivers yet neither are number 1s. That redundancy can be problematic.
Building a diverse receiving core should be the goal but I wouldn’t lock myself into Claypool being that component of the offense.
I am not writing him off by any means. I just have a hard time being 100% sold on the former Steeler based on how poorly things started off with the Bears.
Bottom line, Claypool is not stopping me from adding some competition and Lazard is that perfect insurance plan.