Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy says the team needs a big receiver.
We’re going to take that to mean a big, fast tight end because that’s something the Packers haven’t had since 2013, when Jermichael Finley went down.
Richard Rodgers is a big target at 6-4, but he’s hardly fast, as evidenced by his 8.8 yards per catch.
“I’ve said this for a long time, everyone wants to talk about passing game, speed of receivers,” McCarthy said. “Philosophically to me … to have a successful passing game you have to have big targets that can turn through the middle of the field, whether it’s a tight end, whether it’s a big receiver.”
We find it ironic that McCarthy admits the team is lacking in personnel, but then he fires the team’s tight end coach for not getting enough out of the spare parts he has lying around.
We’ve known the shortcomings with the Packers’ receivers for most of the season and Jordy Nelson’s return will help that, but he primarily works outside.
Tight end is one of the positions the Packers could afford to upgrade this offseason.
If McCarthy gets what he wants, that would certainly upgrade the offense and help to mask any shortcomings the remaining receivers have. A decent tight end the return of Jordy Nelson, could give the Packers the firepower they need to make a legitimate run.
That is, if the offensive line can block.