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Packers May Keep Six Receivers

Tori Gurley

Although they’ve traditionally only kept five in the Mike McCarthy era, the Green Bay Packers could keep six receivers on the active roster this season, according to the coach.

“The way we play, you could make a legitimate argument for six receivers,” Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said on Wednesday

“Our roster will be challenged as far as six receivers. That’s something you get into in training camp. I don’t think roster spots will be determined here over the next couple of weeks. Special teams will play a big part in which positions are heavier than others.”

The top four spots are pretty well set, with Greg Jennings, Jordy Nelson, James Jones and Randall Cobb. After that, the Packers have 37-year-old veteran Donald Driver, who just restructured his deal, and practice squad players Diondre Borel and Tori Gurley.

Both Gurley and Borel made a strong push to make the active roster last season and should do so again this season. Both players were also offered contracts by other teams last season, but the Packers gave them raises to keep them on the practice squad.

Even if the Packers kept six receivers, they’d likely have to part ways with one of the three — either by releasing Driver or trying to stash Borel or Gurley on the practice squad, where they’d probably be pursued by another team again.

Although it’s a good position to be in, the Packers look like they’re going to have a tough decision to make. Let’s hope they make the right one.

Monty McMahon

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.



  1. peter May 31, 2012

    No way they will cut Drive. This was from JS today

    “Driver’s agent Jordan Woy did not return several messages, but Andrew Brandt reported on his Twitter account that Driver’s new deal is for $2.5 million in 2012, including an up-front sum of $500,000 which “should ensure his spot with the team,” said Brandt, an NFL business analyst for ESPN and former Packers vice president.”

  2. iltarion May 31, 2012

    I have been saying keep 6 WRs all offseason.

    I have also been saying they should offer Driver the same money as JJ ($2.3 mil).

    My real name is Ted Thompson.

  3. andrew June 1, 2012

    i honestly would like to see borel and gurley be our 5 and 6 wideouts and send jones packing

    1. Harry Hood June 1, 2012

      How can you people not see the value of JJ. Dude had 7 TDs while sharing the #3 slot.

      1. iltarion June 2, 2012

        Who was that who caught the TD pass that put the Falcons away at ATL last year?

        Who was that who caught the TD pass that put the Lions away at D-troi?

        Who was that who caught the TD pass on 4th down that tied the playoff game against the Cardinals, putting the game into OT?

        Oh, that’s right. That was James Jones.

        Yeah, Borel and Gurley have a lot to prove before they are in JJ’s class.

  4. dfon August 31, 2012

    Whay not Boykin over Borel?