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McCarthy Wants a Big Receiver

Jermichael Finley gets his groove back

Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy says the team needs a big receiver.

We’re going to take that to mean a big, fast tight end because that’s something the Packers haven’t had since 2013, when Jermichael Finley went down.

Richard Rodgers is a big target at 6-4, but he’s hardly fast, as evidenced by his 8.8 yards per catch.

“I’ve said this for a long time, everyone wants to talk about passing game, speed of receivers,” McCarthy said. “Philosophically to me … to have a successful passing game you have to have big targets that can turn through the middle of the field, whether it’s a tight end, whether it’s a big receiver.”

We find it ironic that McCarthy admits the team is lacking in personnel, but then he fires the team’s tight end coach for not getting enough out of the spare parts he has lying around.

We’ve known the shortcomings with the Packers’ receivers for most of the season and Jordy Nelson’s return will help that, but he primarily works outside.

Tight end is one of the positions the Packers could afford to upgrade this offseason.

If McCarthy gets what he wants, that would certainly upgrade the offense and help to mask any shortcomings the remaining receivers have. A decent tight end the return of Jordy Nelson, could give the Packers the firepower they need to make a legitimate run.

That is, if the offensive line can block.

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29 Comments

  1. Savage57 January 20, 2016

    It’s a damn shame they didn’t have a 6-3, 220 lb. receiver with 4.4 speed on the roster that they could have used before the last game.

  2. Stubbyduck January 20, 2016

    Calvin Johnson is begging to come to the Pack. I say go get him!!

    1. icebowl January 20, 2016

      That would work. (In a TT-less GB world)
      Alshon Jeffery is an unrestricted free agent ….

    2. shawn January 20, 2016

      Packers already spending about $25 mil a year on their WR core. Can’t afford another big salary there. Unless you want to take it out of the defense or some crap like that.

      1. PF4L January 21, 2016

        Cobb should give 30% of his cash back, give James Jones 30% and keep what’s left over.

  3. packnutt January 20, 2016


    Savage57:

    It’s a damn shame they didn’t have a 6-3, 220 lb. receiver with 4.4 speed on the roster that they could have used before the last game.

    Good one Savage. Mcfatty finally had an epiphany. Our two biggest receivers caught 2 Hail Mary’s.

  4. icebowl January 20, 2016

    How ’bout grabbing at least a decent Punter …..
    Mastay was awful this season …

    1. Empacador January 20, 2016

      Agreed. I suspect this may not be feasible however. Masthay is the holder for Crosby. Some fans may be inclined to believe the Packers value his ability as a holder more than his ability to perform his primary function of, you know, punting.

  5. MMTTDCSUCK January 20, 2016

    Getting a “Bigger Receiver” is all well and good (as they say), but TT does not do that! He will find a great “project” TE in the undrafted section of players to be had . . . TT “The Frugal GM” will then “bring him up to speed” in a year or two! Or maybe not, if he busts . . . So he will try again in a year or two! Because you know . . . “In TT We Trust”! The all encompassing TT “Mobius Strip of Player Procurement, Assessment and Development technique” Will it go round in circles? lol! Fuck!

  6. Kato January 20, 2016

    Sorry, let me rephrase McCarthy’s statement for some of you. “I want a big receiver that can function in an nfl offense, not necessarily meaning he can boast 4.4 40 times, but can get open, get to the spots in a defense he is supposed to be in on the field, on time. Because nfl passing offenses function not on 40 times, but on coverage recognition, being on the same page as your qb, and getting to where you need to be on the field. Thank you.”

  7. Ted Thompson January 20, 2016

    Think of me as Greg the Genie from the Slim Jim commercials. I’m not a great GM, I’m a good GM.

    1. Packers fan January 24, 2016

      Sign Ladarius Green.

  8. RelampagoBlanco January 20, 2016

    Colt Lyerla?

  9. Justin T January 20, 2016

    Well yea… Our receiving core this year was filled with speedsters who just had problems beating man coverage because they weren’t tall enough to catch the ball.

  10. Kato January 20, 2016

    MMTTDC- Janis is a project receiever, and you have been clamoring for him to play…..

    Besides the reality of it is you only have 7 draft picks to start with (before trades, compensation picks) realistically you can only expect maybe the first five picks to come in and make a difference day one, and that is stretching it. Not to say late round or UDFA can’t come in and do so, but the reality of the situation is a few of the players you pick every year are developmental/projects. You don’t go into a draft and get a pro bowl guy, or even a solid contributor with every single pick.

    1. MMTTDCSUCK January 20, 2016

      Kato, while I agree heartily with most of your points, where the points of contention reside with me are in utilization of “talent”. The reason I have been in your words “clamoring” for Janis to play was two fold. #1, being a fan I wanted the packers to perform better, so that they had a better chance each game of winning. The inability of Adams to catch a reasonable amount of balls thrown to him each game seemed to warrant change. #2, I believed that Janis had enough speed and lateral movement to get opportunities in the passing game. His athletic ability was showing in kickoff returns and punt coverage. This natural ability seemed to quantify his potential. So sitting a grossly underperforming (and oft injured Adams) seemed like the correct approach for both Janis (more opportunities) and Adams (injuries and lack of concentration? or stone hands?). They were definitely not doing well with Adams out there every game. So why not give another player with some ability the opportunity. This might have helped Adams get back into injury free status and at the same time given him a wake up call for the myriad of drops that he was having. Janis would then be able to “step up” and showcase his potential. Which in all actuality he did the other night. I just believe it was 10 to 12 weeks past due.

  11. Kato January 20, 2016

    MMTTDC- I want Janis to succeed really badly, it would add a whole new element to the offense. Doesn’t mean it will happen. As I said in another thread, he really reminds me of miles austin. Very similar size and build, Janis being an inch taller, and a hair faster, verticals being basically the same. Austin wasn’t even drafted. Both small school prospects. Both barely even used their rookie year, I don’t even think Austin recorded a reception. It wasn’t until Austin’s third year that he got a whole lot of playing time, and his 4th year till he broke out.

    Hope this can happen with Janis, even better if it happens next year.

    1. Empacador January 20, 2016

      I’m curious. Understood you don’t dislike Janis. After preseason and the final cuts were made, knowing how preseason played out and then knowing how the season turned out, would you have kept Janis or Myles White?

  12. Packer Bob January 20, 2016

    You know why McCarthy fired the TE coach because you’re privy to what goes on behind closed door, right? You assume you know why he fired him. This is the major difference between “bloggers” and real journalists. It’s the bloggers that spread the bullshit because it creates “click bait” which equals ad revenue. But I’m not sure you’re that clever.

  13. Packer Bob January 20, 2016

    Why would we spend any money on defense or crap like that? Not like it was the strength of our team. Oh, but please tell me how one defensive breakdown represents an entire season. I’m always two steps ahead of you :)

    1. PF4L January 21, 2016

      So are Ted and big Mike. Hope they enjoy watching the rest of the play-offs for the 5th straight year.

  14. Packer Bob January 20, 2016

    An undrafted player like Shields or Williams Oh, but they’re not TEs..

  15. V January 20, 2016

    That kid O.J. Howard from Alabama might fit the bill. With the pre draft hype machine, he just might fall into their lap in Rd 1-2. Otherwise there’s Bret Bielema’s love child Hunter Henry from Arkansas or even Austin Hooper from Stanford to consider day 2.

  16. BuzzKill January 21, 2016

    TT blew two chances to upgrade the T/E position this year. Jimmy Graham & Vernon Davis were both available and TT passed.

  17. Kato January 21, 2016

    The packers weren’t able to take on Jimmy grahams comtract. And Vernon Davis ? Lol. That would have been cool like five years ago. Do you just post big names? Have you seen Vernon davis’s production this year?

  18. Kato January 21, 2016

    Not to mention we have two contributing OLB going to be FA, and another, peppers that is not a full-time player, and may need help

  19. Ted Hawthorne January 21, 2016

    MMTTDCSuck and a few others on here were RIGHT about
    Janis long, long ago. As I wrote, “Janis runs like he escaped
    from a mental institution.” Last Saturday he went up for the
    Hail Mary with a posture that said, “this fucking ball is MINE!”
    But TT and MM were adamant–they were just NOT going to
    play this guy any more than they had to. When they had
    to–he scores two fucking touchdowns! Fire both these clowns
    immediately-they pissed away this whole season with their
    stubbornness.

    1. Phatgzus January 21, 2016

      But we had James Jones, I thought he was the Red Zone Messiah, isn’t it his fault we lost that game because he didn’t catch 3 red zone TDs, I mean if we would’ve won it all the year before if we had him then we should’ve won it all this year as well, no?

  20. Packers fan January 24, 2016

    Sign Ladarius Green. He is a good TE and he would help the Packers. If Ted Thompson does not do that, someone needs to start a petition to get him fired. Also, people calling for McCarthy to be gone, feel free to sign this petition: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/fire-mike-mccarthy. Can we please sign Ladarius Green? Thanks!