Oct 1, 2023; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Allen Lazard (10) makes a catch as Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Trent McDuffie (22) defends during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Jets’ Allen Lazard, Mekhi Becton to be inactive vs, Dolphins

New York Jets wide receiver Allen Lazard and offensive tackle Mekhi Becton are expected to be inactive for Friday’s game against the visiting Miami Dolphins, multiple media outlets reported.

Signed to a four-year, $44 million contract in March, Lazard hasn’t provided much bang for the buck thus far this season. He has recorded just 20 catches for 290 yards and a touchdown in 10 games this season.

Lazard, 27, has 189 receptions for 2,526 yards and 21 touchdowns in 67 games (50 starts) with the Green Bay Packers and Jets. He signed with the Packers as an undrafted free agent in 2018.

NFL Network reported Becton is expected to be inactive due to an ankle injury. He had an MRI on Monday and was listed as questionable for the game.

Becton, 24, was carted off the field in the first quarter of Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills. He was replaced by rookie Carter Warren, the 13th offensive lineman used by the Jets this season, according to NFL Network.

Becton had started every game this season after missing the entire 2022 campaign and all but one game in 2021 after knee surgeries.

–Field Level Media

Jan 9, 2022; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) celebrates with wide receiver Allen Lazard (13) after the pair connect for a touchdown during the first quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Friends of Aaron? Jets target WRs Allen Lazard, Randall Cobb

The New York Jets reportedly want to make Aaron Rodgers feel at home and are eyeing two of his favorite targets in free agency.

With the Green Bay quarterback widely expected to join the Jets in a trade, multiple outlets said Tuesday that New York is close to a deal with Allen Lazard and ESPN said fellow Packers receiver Randall Cobb is “on their radar.”

New Jets offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett worked with all three players when he held the same position in Green Bay from 2019-21.

Lazard, 27, caught 60 passes for 788 yards and six touchdowns in 15 starts in 2022. He has 169 receptions for 2,236 yards and 20 TDs in 57 games (40 starts) since signing with the Packers as an undrafted free agent in 2018.

Cobb, 32, recorded 34 receptions for 417 yards and one score in 13 games (three starts) for Green Bay in 2022. He has 625 catches for 7,585 yards and 53 TDs in 155 games (87 starts) with Green Bay (2011-18, 2021-22), the Dallas Cowboys (2019) and Houston Texans (2020).

Pro Football Network reported Monday that the deal to send Rodgers to the Jets “is done.”

No trades for players under contract can be made official until the first day of the NFL league year on Wednesday.

–Field Level Media

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Allen Lazard (13) catches a pass during training camp on Monday, Aug. 8, 2022, at Ray Nitschke Field in Ashwaubenon, Wis. Samantha Madar/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wis.

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Packers’ Allen Lazard likely to play, Sammy Watkins out vs. Bucs

Allen Lazard could be back on the field when the Green Bay Packers face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, while fellow receiver Sammy Watkins will sit out with a hamstring injury.

Lazard, forecasted to be Green Bay’s top receiving threat after the offseason trade of Davante Adams, missed the season opener against the Minnesota Vikings due to an ankle injury. He played in Week 2 against the Chicago Bears.

Despite playing 55 snaps, Lazard had just two catches for 13 yards and a touchdown against the Bears. His ankle injury caused him to be a limited practice participant on Wednesday and miss practice on Thursday before he was back on the field in a limited capacity on Friday.

Watkins was limited on Wednesday and Thursday before sitting out Friday. He has a team-best 111 receiving yards.

Two other receivers are questionable — Randall Cobb (illness) and Christian Watson (hamstring).

Tight end Marcedes Lewis (groin) and offensive tackle David Bakhtiari (knee) are questionable.

–Field Level Media

From left to right, Green Bay Packers wide receivers Sammy Watkins (11), Randall Cobb (18), Juwann Winfree (88) and Allen Lazard (13) participate in training camp on Monday, Aug. 1, 2022, at Ray Nitschke Field in Ashwaubenon, Wisconsin. Samantha Madar/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wis.

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Packers missing top four WRs at practice

The Green Bay Packers practiced Thursday without their top four wide receivers.

Starters Allen Lazard (ankle), Sammy Watkins (hamstring) and Randall Cobb (illness), and Christian Watson (hamstring) all did not practice (DNP) ahead of their Week 3 game against Tampa Bay.

All but Cobb practiced Wednesday but were listed as limited.

Lazard missed Week 1 after his ankle was stepped on in practice the week before. Watkins and rookie Romeo Doubs lead the wideout corps with six catches each through two games. Watkins has 111 yards to Doubs’ 64.

The Packers sport just two throwing touchdowns in two games – one each to Lazard and running back Aaron Jones.

Tight end Marcedes Lewis (groin) also missed practice.

Tackle David Bakhtiari (knee) was back at practice Thursday after a DNP on Wednesday.

The Packers re-signed WR Travis Fulgham to the practice squad Thursday, joining Juwann Winfree. The Packers have three healthy WRs currently on the 53-man roster: Doubs, Samori Toure and Amari Rodgers.

The Packers (1-1) play at Tampa Bay (2-0) on Sunday.

–Field Level Media

Aug 5, 2022; Green Bay, WI, USA; Lambeau Field is reflected off the visor of Green Bay Packers wide receiver Allen Lazard as he catches a pass at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Samantha Madar/Green Bay Press Gazette -USA TODAY NETWORK

Packers WR Allen Lazard (knee) doubtful at Vikings

Allen Lazard is not ready for his debut as the Green Bay Packers’ No. 1 receiver.

Lazard, elevated to top target status for the Packers upon the trade of All-Pro Davante Adams to the Las Vegas Raiders, is officially doubtful for Sunday’s Week 1 visit to the Minnesota Vikings with a knee injury.

Lazard was “stepped on” and missed two practices last week, then did not practice this week.

The Packers are trending positive at other positions with offensive tackle David Bakhtiari (knee) and guard Elgton Jenkins (knee) questionable. Jenkins hasn’t played since tearing his ACL at Minnesota last November.

Tight end Robert Tonyan (knee) is also expected to play for the first time since tearing his ACL in October 2021.

Lazard has 109 career catches for 1,448 yards and 14 touchdowns in 42 games (25 starts) since the Packers signed him in December 2018. He was an undrafted free agent out of Iowa State.

Lazard, Randall Cobb and Sammy Watkins were listed as the starters on the team’s first official depth chart. Wideouts Christian Watkins, Romeo Doubs, Amari Rodgers and Samori Toure are also on the 53-man roster.

–Field Level Media

Jan 9, 2022; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver Allen Lazard (13) and quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) celebrate together after connecting for a touchdown during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers touts ‘Hall of Famer’ Allen Lazard as No. 1 WR

Count Aaron Rodgers among the members of the Allen Lazard Fan Club.

Transitioning from Davante Adams to a new, as yet undefined No. 1 wide receiver in Green Bay, the Packers’ MVP quarterback said Wednesday he believes Lazard is ready for the role.

“I mean it’s always tough going from Hall of Famer to Hall of Famer. From Davante to Allen, it’s gonna be a transition, but he’s capable of a lot,” Rodgers said during an interview in the locker room.

Adams said in an interview he was adjusting while going from Hall of Famer (Rodgers) to Hall of Famer (Raiders quarterback Derek Carr) in Las Vegas.

Adams was traded to the Raiders, leaving Rodgers and the Packers to establish a new pecking order in the receiver room.

Green Bay signed Sammy Watkins, a former first-round pick, and veteran slot receiver Randall Cobb is also back but surrounded by questions at the other receiver spots.

Unless you ask Rodgers.

The statement goes beyond just words to media. Rodgers threw a 50-50 pass down the center of the field for Lazard against safety Adrian Amos in Wednesday’s workout at training camp. Lazard focused on the deflected pass and secured the reception while going to the ground and spun it in celebration in the highlight of the on-field work.

“Who I don’t think we need any patience with is Allen. I really think Allen is ready to make a jump and be a No. 1 receiver,” Rodgers said.

General manager Brian Gutekunst said earlier Wednesday that the Packers view Lazard as a lead receiver, adding “The sky is the limit for him.”

A fifth-year pro, Lazard caught 40 passes for 513 yards with eight touchdowns in 2021, including four TDs in the final three regular-season games.

The 26-year-old has 109 receptions in 42 career games (25 starts) — or the type of production Rodgers and the Packers expected from Adams in one season.

The undrafted player joined the Packers from the Jacksonville Jaguars’ practice squad in 2018 and is playing this season on the restricted free agent tender of $3.986 million.

“He’s been our dirty work guy for most of his career here,” Rodgers added. “Now he’s getting an opportunity to be a No. 1 receiver.”

–Field Level Media