Packers and Brown Are a Perfect Match
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The Packers had a 2018 season that any fan of the team (including myself) would like to forget. The Pack have missed the postseason for the second straight season and with that in mind Packers GM, Brian Gutekunst, now has to make some moves in the offseason to help the Packers get back into the playoffs in 2019. One of the moves that can improve the Packers chances greatly is acquiring disgruntled Steelers wide receiver, Antonio Brown. The seven-time Pro Bowler is 30 years old and has been one of the top receivers of this era. Brown has been the catalyst of the Steelers offense for years and has produced some great numbers. He's led the league in receiving yards twice (in 2014 and in 2017), and he's also 5th amongst active receivers with 74 touchdowns which is two ahead of former Packers receiver Jordy Nelson.
Aaron Rodgers has had only one consistent receiver in his entire career in Jordy Nelson (Although Davante Adams is on the right path). Nelson was a Pro-Bowler in 2014, he had the most receiving touchdowns 2016 after tearing his ACL the year prior. Nelson was a great receiver who rarely dropped passes.
At one point Greg Jennings was the go-to target for Rodgers for 5 seasons and made it to a couple of Pro Bowls. He was a huge factor in the Green Bay's Super Bowl 45 victory. In the offseason after 2012, he didn't resign. Randall Cobb was a solid special teams player early in his career and in 2014 it looked as though he was going to be an elite receiver. Since then Cobb has battled with injuries and has yet to match his totals from his breakout season, and now a free agent, his time in Green Bay looks to be officially over.
Donald Driver had already played nine seasons in "Packerland" by the time Rodgers became the starting quarterback, so he was more of Favre's go-to guy. However, he still had two 1000-yard seasons with Rodgers and then retired after winning the Super Bowl. Not a bad way to go out.
Davante Adams is emerging as a lethal threat on the field after finishing with the sixth-most receiving yards in a season in Packers history. He was also second in Receiving TD's this past year with 13, two behind Antonio Brown. Rodgers with Adam's and Brown as his receiving duo could throw 30 touchdowns with just those two guys catching the ball. There's a good chance Rodgers would throw around 50 TD's in season, which would beat his career-best 45 in 2011, which won him his first of two MVP trophies. There's no doubt that Green Bay fans should salivate the chance of getting Brown to catch touchdown passes at Lambeau Field.
Green Bay in the past hasn't made big splashes when it comes in trades or signing big free agents, but Packers GM, Brian Gutekunst, isn't afraid of trying to make a splash. Last season making big moves with Jimmy Graham and former New York Jet Muhammad Wilkerson. Neither of the signings worked out, but Jimmy Graham could redeem himself under Matt Lafleur this season. Wilkerson missed 13 games and if healthy can be a factor. The Packers could give him another chance just like they did with Graham. If this was the Ted Thompson era, Green Bay wouldn't sniff in Brown's direction and would blow another big opportunity to get a big offensive threat. Does Randy Moss come to mind? The Packers missed out on Moss over a decade ago and a Favre-Moss combo in Green Bay will forever be a fantasy. Packer fans don't want that to be the same with Rodgers and Brown.
Green Bay's offense wasn't up to its standard last season, only ranking 14th in the league in points scored, and surprisingly scored fewer points than their rivals the Chicago Bears. The Packers offense averaged just under 24 points a game which was down from the 2016 season when Rodgers last played a full season. Only 4 times this season Green Bay managed to score over 30 points in a game, ironically the Packers were a perfect 4-0 when hitting that score. Pittsburgh's passing offense was 2nd in passing yards and 5th in passing touchdowns this season with Brown in the lineup. Rodgers only threw 25 touchdowns which tied for 13th in the league with Mitch Trubisky, yes you read that right, Rodgers had the same amount of TD's as the Bears second-year QB.
Brown should be an easy target for Rodgers. Packers receivers last year struggled to get room and separation from opposing secondary players, resulting in Rodgers being the 5th most sacked quarterback last season. Acquiring Brown should help Rodgers be able to throw the ball quicker and getting rid of the ball out of his hands as fast as he can, especially when facing the Vikings and Bears pass-rushing attacks. Brown's speed should have the Packers be able to beat blitzing defenses and get big gains on those plays.
This move should be a no brainer. Getting Brown will once again take Aaron Rodgers back to where he belongs and that is being one of the best quarterbacks in the league. Green Bay should do everything they can to bring him to "Packerland".