We’ve been looking at the addition of receiver Trevor Davis and wondering what the hell the Green Bay Packers were thinking. Why add another receiver to a position that’s already six deep (or eight if you throw in the guys signed to futures contracts)?
In most years, the Packers keep just five receivers on the roster. Last year, they carried six for most of the season.
Some of the guys currently on the roster will have to go and at least one of them will either be a draft pick or someone with past NFL experience.
Bob McGinn says the only locks are Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb and that’s pretty obvious. Both have had 1,000-yard seasons. Both have been difference-makers.
(Davante) Adams, (Jared) Abbrederis, (Ty) Montgomery, (Jeff) Janis, Davis and developmental players (Ed) Williams and (Jamel) Johnson are going to be battling for their lives.
And Adams, Montgomery and Davis would have to join Janis as regulars on special teams.
Here’s what we take away from that statement.
Although we expect Janis to have to fight for a roster spot, he probably has a leg up on the other guys because of his value on special teams. He was one of the best gunners in the league in 2015 and we know the Packers value special teams play.
That means Adams, Abbrederis, Montgomery and Davis will all have to show something on the Packers’ third unit to improve their chances of making the team. Three of those guys seem like natural fits to do just that.
And who’s the odd man out?
At least, that’s one way it could play out.
Even so, we have — up until this point — found it hard to swallow that the Packers would consider getting rid of a second-round pick prior to his third NFL season. It’s not that this hasn’t happened before. It has.
It happened with Brian Brohm and Jerel Worthy, to cite some recent examples.
The difference with Adams is, he actually showed something at some point. Those other two guys showed nothing at any point, other than they didn’t belong.
In a limited role as a rookie, Adams flashed plenty of potential, catching 38 balls for 446 yards and three touchdowns. He just regressed completely in his second season, when he averaged an embarrassing 9.7 per reception.
So we figured the Packers would give Adams one more year because of his lofty draft status and the flashes from his rookie season.
We’re not counting him out yet, but it sounds like the Packers are completely willing to move on from Adams if he doesn’t take it up a notch this year.