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It appears the Green Bay Packers have been down to one viable receiving option lately. That option is Randall Cobb and opposing defenses know it, so they’re giving Cobb a nice healthy dose of the double team.

That has Cobb frustrated.

“It’s definitely frustrating,” Cobb said. “But it’s part of the game, it happens. I’m sure Jordy felt like this at times last year. But the more guys make plays around us, the harder it will be for teams to do that. That’s why we need everybody making plays.”

And that’s just it. Guys aren’t making plays because they’re not getting open.

Things got tougher for the Packers when Jordy Nelson went down in the preseason. Then Davante Adams sprained an ankle, which has kept him sidelined for nearly three full games.

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers said Adams is the key to the offense, meaning the key to getting Cobb open again. Adams’ presence on the outside — and his production — should mean fewer double teams for Cobb and thus, more opportunities.

But there are others guys, you say!

Yes, James Jones has been great. He’s putting together a career season, but Jones hasn’t been getting the separation and winning the one-on-one matchups consistently in recent weeks. If you remember Jones’ long touchdown in week 5, you also remember that the guy covering him fell down on the play. Jones had just one other catch on the day, so despite the big gain, it wasn’t a very productive one.

There’s now word that Jones is being slowed by a sore hamstring.

Then there’s rookie Ty Montgomery. He’s being worked in more on offense, but has just 13 catches for 125 yards. That lackluster stat line is a clear indication he’s not getting open enough, but that’s to be expected. He’s a rookie.

The Packers have two other receivers on the roster — Jeff Janis and Jared Abbrederis — who they won’t even put in the game. And then there’s tight end Richard Rodgers, who’s averaging under 10 yards per reception. He’s averaging 8.2, to be exact.

The Packers’ opponents can pretty much not bother covering Rodgers at all and they’ll be just fine.

The short answer to these problems is the Packers need Adams back on the field. They also need some of these youngsters to show improvement, though.

And fast.

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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.

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10 Comments

  1. Big Gay Clay October 16, 2015

    Saw an article on bleacher report that we should trade for Vincent Jackson. While that would be awesome TT would never. We need to get something going offensively, we play too hard of a schedule for us to be sputtering right now

    1. Blip Sayless October 16, 2015

      Well, Bleacher Report….

  2. Big Gay Clay October 16, 2015

    Falcons are going to be our main competition for homefield. They’ll go 13-3, 14-2

    1. Phatgzus October 16, 2015

      Would love to see us win HFA and have ATL come to Lambeau in the winter (assuming we make the Playoffs and win the Divisional Round) but if we don’t it won’t be that big of a loss-Rodgers LOVEs domes and the Georgia dome is pretty much Lambeau South.

  3. T. Jervey October 16, 2015

    I don’t give a shit about lack of production with the WR’s….5-0 still gives me a boner.

  4. ferris October 16, 2015

    I hear Randy Moss is still available. Maybe if they sign him petite Randy Moss will play too.

  5. rebelgb October 16, 2015

    I shit you not: Terrel Owens has been contacting teams about playing again….

    No fucking way we bring that walking hemorrhoid in, but I thought it would be fun to point out…

    1. Phatgzus October 16, 2015

      There’s a spot open on my intramural flag football team, I wonder if he’d be interested. Think he’d be willing to play for Carl’s Jr. coupons?

      1. Moolla October 17, 2015

        Give him a few more years to blow his fortune and he’ll be serving at Carls when you hand in your coupons.

        1. Phatgzus October 17, 2015

          Probably screw up my order while he’s at it, just before he burns the place to the fucking ground.