Green Bay Packers fans have demanded all season that the team brings in a well-known wide receiver to help improve the offense. This demand has dated back to the offseason and the Packers keep on refusing to listen with Kenny Stills clearing waivers.
The Green Bay Packers sniffed around for available wide receivers at the NFL Trade Deadline but the asking price was too much. One player the Packers wanted was Houston Texans’ Will Fuller, who has been suspended six games for the use of PEDs. Another player from the Texans that fans were hoping the Packers would take a look at is Kenny Stills.
Stills, 28, was released by the Texans on Nov. 27 and cleared waivers. The current free agent has totaled 11 receptions for 144 yards and one touchdown with the Texans this season, which would be career lows for Stills.
There’s a chance the Packers can sign Stills, but I wouldn’t count on it. The Packers offense has been firing on all cylinders as they are No. 4 in yards per game (392.9) and No. 1 in points per game (31.7). Davante Adams has been one of the best receivers in the league, Marquez Valdes-Scantling has been stretching the field, Allen Lazard has solidified himself in the WR2 role, and the running backs and tight ends have been doing damage to opposing defenses.
Also, the Green Bay Packers have signed WR/KR Tavon Austin. The former Ram and Cowboy isn’t going to be used as a true wide receiver, but more of a gadget player like Tyler Ervin. There’s a chance Austin will get some routes, but he will be used for returning kicks and punts, sweeps and motions.
The Packers have everything clicking on offense and no role needs filling among the receivers. The argument for the Packers to sign Stills is that you’re in Week 13 and it never hurts to add a veteran player for depth, especially for a group that has seen injuries with Adams and Lazard. If there were a player to miss time due to injury the Packers could have that security blanket with Stills.
It wouldn’t hurt the Green Bay Packers to bring in Stills, especially since he cleared waivers and he might be willing to take the veteran minimum to play for a Super Bowl contender. If the Packers were to see an injury or inconsistent play, Stills can play in that WR2 role and can stretch the field. He may not be a better WR2 than Lazard or a more dangerous big-play threat than Valdes-Scantling, but Stills can fill a void that could be a problem if it’s not filled by someone else.
Nonetheless, the Packers’ offense seems to be doing fine with the weapons they have for Aaron Rodgers. With the signing of Austin, the Packers have shown they would rather sign a player that can fill a role in LaFleur’s offense rather than going after the best available player. The Packers can still sign Kenny Stills, but it seems very unlikely. Unless there’s a sudden change in the next few days.