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Coach Rex Ryan says he'd like to see more passes thrown Watkins' way, The Buffalo News reports. "We've got to find ways to get him the football," Ryan said this week, "because he is that talented and that's a challenge to our staff. Even our quarterback. Let's get Sammy Watkins involved more and regardless of what people play because he is such a talent."
The ledger for Watkins receiving more looks now has Ryan, Watkins, Watkins' agent, and about seven million Buffalo Bills fans on its side, but sometimes that's easier said than done. While the Bills have better offensive weapons this season, there's still a decent drop-off between Watkins and his fellow receivers. So he almost always sees the opponent's best cover man, or blanket coverage, or both. The team used Chris Hogan effectively for an entire game against the Patriots to combat this, so eventually Watkins might see not only more looks, but effective ones. Tyrod Taylor, as good as he's been, still struggles with his passes sometimes and his improvement in gaining more rapport with Watkins can only help boost the second year receiver's numbers.
James Starks rushed for 39 yards on seven carries, and caught four balls on five targets for 41 yards in Thursday's Thanksgiving loss to the Bears.
Starks was notably in a backup role as Eddie Lacy got 17 carries to Starks' seven. It appears as Lacy has full control over the lead back role for Green Bay again. Starks should continue to see a few drives of action per game, including two-minute drill and comeback situations.
Jeremy Langford carried the ball 12 times for 48 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's 17-13 win over the Packers. He also caught one pass for five yards.
Though Langford didn't get the start for the Thanksgiving Day game, coach John Fox divvied up the workload fairly evenly between Langford and Matt Forte, who returned from a three-game absence due to a knee injury. Forte ended up finishing with a slight edge in carries (15), but Langford showed a little bit more burst between the tackles, averaging four yards per attempt compared to Forte's 2.9. Langford was also able to punch in his lone goal-line carry for a touchdown, while Forte actually lost yardage on his two attempts near the goal line during a similar scenario early in the fourth quarter. While Langford was probably the better of the two players Thursday, it's unlikely that Fox will move back to a more one-sided approach during next week's matchup with the 49ers. Just as he did during his time coaching in Carolina with DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart, Fox has stated an affinity for dual-back systems, much to the chagrin of fantasy players.
James Jones failed to make a catch in Thursday's loss to Chicago.
He had a couple of difficult, but catchable balls throughout the game, but was unable to bring any in. The most notable was a drop in the end zone on third down in the fourth that would have all but won it for the Green Bay Packers . It was a cold, rainy night in Green Bay, which led to difficult receiving conditions. He will look to bounce back next Thursday in Detroit.
Davante Adams brought in 2 receptions for 14 yards on Thanksgiving.
Adams had a handful of drops to go along with his two receptions, and also appeared to stop early on a route, which led to a rare Aaron Rodgers interception in Lambeau. Weather certainly played a factor, as it was a cold rainy night in Green Bay. Adams will look to rebound next week in Detroit.
Alshon Jeffery (groin/shoulder) finished with 90 receiving yards on seven catches (11 targets) in Thursday's win over the Packers.
Jeffery was held in check for most of the first quarter, but gradually started to make life difficult for the Packers secondary as the game wore on. The rainy conditions in Green Bay weren't really conducive to much downfield passing, but Jeffery still managed to produce 12.9 yards per reception, only a slight tick below the 14.3 he had averaged coming into the game. With almost a week and a half to heal up from the groin and shoulder injuries that had plagued him heading into the contest, Jeffery should be able to turn in a solid showing in the Chicago Bears ' next game Dec. 6 against the 49ers.
Randall Cobb brought in six receptions on seven targets Thursday for 74 yards in a 13-17 loss to the Bears.
It was a rainy night in Lambeau, which led to tough playing conditions for both offenses. The Green Bay Packers did most of their damage on the ground early, and Cobb was able to chip in on a majority passes when they were thrown his way. Unfortunately, he was not able to jump in the stands following any of his receptions. He will look to find the end zone next Thursday in Detroit.
Aaron Rodgers completed 22/43 passes for one touchdown and one interception in Green Bay's 13-17 loss to the Bears.
Rodgers continued to struggle in a prime time game in Lambeau where you would normally expect him to put up impressive numbers. It was a rainy night in Green Bay, and the weather did lead to a number of drops from Packer receivers. Rodgers will look to get back on track when Green Bay travels to Detroit for another prime time game next Thursday.
Matt Forte (knee) accumulated 44 yards on 15 carries and gained nine yards on his lone reception in Thursday's 17-13 win over the Packers.
As anticipated, the Chicago Bears employed a fairly even timeshare at running back with Forte and Jeremy Langford, after the latter excelled during Forte's three-game hiatus. Forte ended up finishing with three more carries, but Langford averaged nearly a yard more per attempt and was also able to cash in on a goal-line touchdown shortly before halftime. Meanwhile, neither back was much of a factor in the passing game. So long as both Forte and Langford remain healthy, it sounds like coach John Fox plans to keep both backs quite involved, just as he did during his time in Carolina with DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart. For fantasy purposes, it's not an ideal development for either player.
Eddie Lacy (ankle) looked like his old self rushing for a season-high 106 yards on 17 carries, and caught 4 passes for 34 yards and a touch down in Thursday's 13-17 loss to the Bears.
Lacy followed up his break through week 11 performance with an even better week 12 on Thursday. He came out of the gate scorching, including a 25 yard touchdown reception in the first quarter. It was his second consecutive 100-yard rushing game. Lacy appears to have found his stride late in the season. He has a favorable matchup next Thursday in Detroit, as the Green Bay Packers will look for revenge against the Lions.