The Green Bay Packers still have more than half of the season remaining, but time is running short. While they are still in contention for a playoff place, the major emphasis of the season has been to assess what they have in Jordan Love. Love has not exactly set the world on fire in six games, completing 57.5 percent of his throws for 1,263 yards, 10 touchdowns, and seven interceptions.
On the surface, it looks that Love is the sole culprit for the offense’s woes. Indeed, many supporters are eager for the team to move on from the 2020 first-round choice. While Love has been far from flawless, he is not alone to blame.
One of the drawbacks of using pass catchers who are either rookies or second-year players is that they make a lot of errors. Love’s wide receivers and tight ends have not done him any favors, from incorrect routes to dropped passes.
This is why, one former NFL general manager feels the Packers should seek Hunter Renfrow at the NFL trade deadline in order to gain a better grasp of what they have in Love.
Randy Mueller was the general manager of the New Orleans Saints from 2000 to 2001 and the Miami Dolphins from 2005 to 2007. He was named NFL Executive of the Year in 2000 and has previously worked for the Seattle Seahawks and the Los Angeles Chargers.
Mueller, who is now a reporter for The Athletic, recently released an article in which he outlined five moves that he would want to see before the NFL trade deadline on October 31.
One of the deals he offers involves the Packers acquiring former Pro Bowl wide receiver Hunter Renfrow in the hopes that his experience would provide Jordan Love with a more trustworthy target in the passing game:
“The Packers have — by age — the NFL’s youngest offense at 24.9 years, and at the wide receiver position it even skews lower at 23.5. Former Packers Allen Lazard and Randall Cobb are now Jets, and their experience, perspective and consistency have a value that might have been underestimated. If the Packers can find it within themselves to add a veteran receiver, or even two, I think it would make everyone’s life on offense easier.
“Hunter Renfrow of the Las Vegas Raiders has been in the witness protection program so far this season. Now 28, he’s the same Renfrow who had 103 catches in 2021. He has a mind-boggling eight catches on 12 targets this season (both fifth on the team) and is playing 36 percent of the offensive snaps.”