Thursday, September 22, 2022

Packer’s trade proposal brings the Sure-Handed Patriots’ WR to Green Bay

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The Green Bay Packers continue to look for answers in the passing game — answers that are harder to find right now with two of their top receivers now question marks through injury.

Both Sammy Watkins and Christian Watson appeared in Green Bay’s most recent injury report with hamstring problems. Both were limited participants in practice, according to the Packers’ official website on Wednesday. They were joined on this list by wideouts Allen Lazard (ankle) and Randall Cobb (illness) and tight end Marcedes Lewis (groin).

To say the team was shorthanded in the passing game before half of their passers suffered injuries was probably an understatement. Green Bay’s lackluster offensive performances in their first two games and questions about the availability of several key players suggest the Packers will act to help quarterback Aaron Rodgers sooner or later.

While many in Packer Nation would likely prefer a household name with a track record, the franchise is unable to get cute with its roster with a matchup featuring Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers just days away.

If Green Bay wants to be aggressive, there are options in the trade market, including a couple of pass catchers currently employed by Brady’s former team, the New England Patriots. One of those players is wide receiver Kendrick Bourne.

A six-year veteran of the NFL, Bourne played his first four seasons with the San Francisco 49ers and the last two as a member of the Patriots.

During his professional career, Bourne has played in 77 games and earned 18 starts, per Pro Football Reference. He has 2,626 yards on 195 catches including 16 touchdowns. He had a career year with the Pats in 2021, catching 55 receptions for 800 yards and five touchdowns.

Despite his performance last season, New England only used Bourne sparingly at the start of 2022. His lack of commitment suggests a greater likelihood the Patriots would be willing to part ways with the receiver via a trade.

Bleacher Report’s Alex Ballentine on Wednesday laid out a case for the Packers’ pursuit of Bourne after two games of the regular season.

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