3 Packers Trade Targets After Week 2

Alex BallentineSeptember 21, 2022

3 Packers Trade Targets After Week 2

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    Green Bay Packers head coach Matt LaFleur talks with quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) during the first half of an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
    Matt LaFleur and Aaron Rodgers got back on the right track in Week 2. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

    The Green Bay Packers laid out the blueprint for how they can continue to be one of the best teams in the NFC in Week 2.

    After a disappointing loss to the Minnesota Vikings to kick off the season, the Packers got back on track with a 27-10 win over the Chicago Bears.

    The duo of Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon led the way on offense while the defense made life difficult for Justin Fields and the Chicago offense. For now, that's the path forward.

    The Packers still have things to figure out, though, as the Bears aren't a great litmus test for anyone right now.

    So if Green Bay is going to reach its potential and put a Super Bowl-contending team around Aaron Rodgers, the work might not be done quite yet. As we get further into the season, trade talk is bound to start heating up.

    Teams might not be looking to make deals just yet, but here are a few names the Packers should have on their radar.

S Chuck Clark, Baltimore Ravens

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    Baltimore Ravens safety Chuck Clark (36) in action during the first half of a NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Terrance Williams)
    AP Photo/Terrance Williams

    The lack of safety depth should have been a concern for the Packers heading into the season. After Darnell Savage and Adrian Amos, there just isn't a lot of experience on the depth chart.

    The play of both men hasn't exactly assuaged any concern over the position, either.

    They have combined to give up five catches on six targets for 109 yards and passer ratings over 109.5 when targeted through two games. PFF has Savage ranked 67th of the 71 safeties they've graded, while Amos comes in at No. 70.

    Both are better players than that. Their numbers will even out with a larger sample size, but it does accentuate the need for a third safety.

    Chuck Clark would be an excellent addition. The Baltimore Ravens added Marcus Williams and drafted Kyle Hamilton in April, prompting the veteran safety to make a trade request.

    The dust seems to have settled on that situation for now. The 27-year-old has played 100 percent of the snaps so far. However, as Hamilton progresses, that role could dwindle.

    If that reignites Clark's desire to be dealt, the Packers should be ready to pick up the phone.

WR Kendrick Bourne, New England Patriots

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    New England Patriots wide receiver Kendrick Bourne (84) plays against the Las Vegas Raiders during an NFL preseason football game, Friday, Aug. 26, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
    AP Photo/John Locher

    The possibility of the Packers adding a wide receiver is tired at this point, but they were connected to Laviska Shenault Jr. when he was traded to the Carolina Panthers so the possibility remains.

    Sammy Watkins currently leads the team in receiving with 111 yards. Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon are the second and fourth receiving leaders, respectively. Romeo Doubs and Christian Watson have had encouraging moments, but the room could still use an injection of talent.

    For whatever reason, Bill Belichick and the revamped offensive staff in New England have decided not to feature Kendrick Bourne in their offense.

    The 27-year-old had 800 yards receiving last season but has seen just four targets through two games this year. He's caught three of them for 57 yards, but the coaching staff seemingly has other priorities.

    He would see a much bigger role in the Green Bay offense right now.

    Bourne quickly became a favorite of Mac Jones last season. He generated a passer rating of 132.1 when targeted and could quickly earn Rodgers' trust as he only had two drops all of last season.

Edge Clelin Ferrell, Las Vegas Raiders

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    Defensive end (99) Clelin Ferrell of the Las Vegas Raiders against the Los Angeles Chargers in an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2022, in Inglewood, Calif. Chargers won 24-19. (AP Photo/Jeff Lewis)
    AP Photo/Jeff Lewis

    Rashan Gary and Preston Smith are pivotal players in the Packers defense, and there's an argument to be made they are the two most indispensable figures on the unit.

    The edge-rushers play a premium position and the Packers happen to have limited depth. They are both playing well over 80 percent of the snaps, and Kenny Clark is the only other one who has notable production as a pass-rusher.

    Kingsley Enagbare and Jonathan Garvin have seen limited roles, but neither has made the kind of splash plays that are going to keep them on the field for long.

    So, it would make sense for the Packers to explore their options on the trade market. Clelin Ferrell has struggled to live up to expectations in Las Vegas. The 2019 fourth overall pick is playing just 27 percent of the snaps this season and only had 1.5 sacks.

    However, the 25-year-old has been good enough against the run to earn a 68.8 grade from PFF.

    Ferrell has enough size that he could be shifted inside or play on the edge in four-man fronts. It would be a worthwhile project to take on if he can develop into a player who can give Gary and Smith needed rest to make it through a 17-game season.


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