If you’re the kind of person who really wants to get excited about an undrafted free agent, then this is sure to make you excited about Green Bay Packers receiver Adrian Coxson.
Former Baltimore Ravens receiver and Coxson’s offseason training partner, Qadry Ismail, is comparing Coxson to Terrell Owens and Anquan Boldin. And before you point out that Owens is a complete and total douche, we’ll mention that Ismail made a point to say he’s Owens without the attitude.
“Here’s what I see in Adrian that really impresses the heck out of me. He has the big-play capability of a Terrell Owens, without the Terrell Owens attitude. He has the Anquan Boldin toughness with an explosiveness to his game. His catch radius is that of an Anquan Boldin. His ability to be physical and dominate you in the blocking game is that of an Anquan Boldin. The big-play mentality and his competitive want-to—without the attitude—is what I see when I see him play with the Terrell Owens analogy.”
So what’s the deal with this guy?
He originally went to Florida, but transferred back home to Maryland to take care of his father before ever playing a down for the Gators. Coxson would play the majority of his college ball (three years) at Stony Brook, an FCS school on Long Island which is not exactly known for its passing game. As such, you won’t be wowed by these statistics — 82 catches, 1,335 yards and 10 touchdowns.
And that’s for all three seasons at Stony Brook.
What there is to like about Coxson is this. He’s 6-1, 210 and ran a 4.3 40.
Boldin is the same height, 10 pounds heavier and not nearly as fast.
So imagine a faster version of that shitbrick.
Or a slightly smaller version of Owens, who is 6-3, 225.
Either way, the Packers have got themselves a big, solid kid with a ton of speed.
That’s definitely intriguing, but before anyone goes and hands Coxson a roster spot, they should consider this.
The Packers currently have 12 receivers on their roster and they’ll end up keeping five or six. Barring some sort of season-ending injury, four of those spots are already locked up by Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, Davante Adams and third-round pick Ty Montgomery. So the eight remaining guys are competing for one or two roster spots.
Coxson or anyone else will have to beat out 2014 draft picks Jared Abbrederis and Jeff Janis, as well as Myles White, who’s been hanging around the bottom of the Packers’ roster since 2013.
It isn’t as if those odds are insurmountable, but they’re certainly not great.
On the plus side, Coxson has the physical gifts that none of other guys who will be battling for a roster spot do.
So he’s an asshole who will leave our team for somewhere else eventually?
Monty – you need to go re-acquaint yourself with Janis’ numbers. Janis does have the same physical gifts that Coxson does.
WR is likely the toughest position to grab a spot other than QB (because we have all 3 QB’s locked up now). My bet would be that we keep 6 WRS: the 4 you mentioned (Nelson, Cobb, Adams, and Montgomery) then Abbrederis and lastly Janis. But what do I know