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How the Bears could force the Packers to do something they’ve never done under Matt LaFleur


The Chicago Bears could force the Green Bay Packers to do something they haven’t done yet during Matt LaFleur’s first three years as the franchise’s head coach.

Green Bay has never kept more than six wide receivers on the 53-man roster under LaFleur. In fact, at times they’ve only kept five wide receivers on the 53-man roster.

That could change in 2022 and it might have a little to do with the Bears.

Right now, the Packers have seven wide receivers that deserve a roster spot:

  • Christian Watson
  • Sammy Watkins
  • Randall Cobb
  • Allen Lazard
  • Romeo Doubs
  • Amari Rodgers
  • Samori Toure
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Romeo Doubs (87) catches a pass during training camp on Monday, Aug. 1, 2022, at Ray Nitschke Field in Ashwaubenon, Wisconsin. Samantha Madar/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wis.
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There’s no doubt that Green Bay will keep six wide receivers once camp breaks. But I think there’s a strong chance they keep all seven of those names.

And I think one reason is because they know that Chicago would scoop up whichever wide receiver they released.

Rodgers was a player that was viewed as possibly being on the roster bubble this summer for Green Bay. But he’s had a solid training camp so far and it seems extremely unlikely that the Packers cut him.

But if they did surprisingly cut him, I think the Bears would be working overtime to get him to Chicago. That’s mostly because the Bears’ offensive coordinator Luke Getsy is extremely familiar with Rodgers from his time in Green Bay. Rodgers would be able to seamlessly fit into Chicago’s offense.

The same somewhat goes for Toure, who is also having a solid training camp.

Toure was a seventh-round draft pick by Green Bay in the 2022 NFL Draft. He obviously never played under Getsy, but he would still fit in quickly with the Bears due to similarities in the two offenses (again, because of Getsy’s link to Green Bay).

We often see teams try to sneak players onto their practice squad before the season starts. That’s something that Green Bay might consider doing with either Rodgers or Toure. But I think they know if they try it that Chicago, a team that could use some wide receiver help, will be there ready to scoop up whoever the Packers release.

As a result, I think you’ll see seven wide receivers on the roster in Green Bay this fall.

Featured image via Mark Hoffman, Mark Hoffman/Milwaukee Journal S, Packers News

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Zach Ragan
I write about Tennessee Vols athletics and the NFL for AtoZ Sports. Long-suffering Mets fan from the south. You can complain about me on Twitter at @zachTNT

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