We already knew going in that there was going to be a crowd at receiver.
The Packers assured themselves of this when they drafted Trevor Davis in the fifth round even though they already had six seemingly solid receivers coming back.
If you’ve somehow managed to dismiss it from your mind, the Packers weren’t very good at receiver last season. After Jordy Nelson went down, defenses doubled Randall Cobb, and the Packers had no answer.
The Packers apparently are endeavoring to avoid that scenario from happening again. In typical Packer fashion, quantity eventuates quality, hopefully.
We already suspected the Packers might keep seven receivers for once. Consider that move similar to what followed 2013. In that year, Aaron Rodgers was injured for seven games. The Packers only won the division and kept their playoff streak intact because everyone else sucked.
After discovering they had no quality back up at quarterback, the Packers responded in 2014 by keeping three quarterbacks for once. Same idea, different position.
Admittedly, three is not seven, but we believe the fact that John Kuhn and Scott Tolzien are no longer on the roster makes it easier for the Packers to keep an extra receiver around. Plus, with Jared Cook and Richard Rodgers at tight end, the Packers may not feel the need to keep more than three at that position.
So, that all being considered, the door appears open for the Packers to keep Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, Davante Adams, Ty Montgomery, Jared Abrederris, Jeff Janis AND Trevor Davis.
That was the thought… And then Herb Waters entered the picture.
Rather than any of those guys it was the undrafted free agent out of Miami that was the talk of the final minicamp. At 6’2, 200, Waters has the kind of body type that the Packers have been looking for on the outside.
If Waters can have the same kind of training camp and preseason that he’s had so far, then the Packers indeed will have a difficult decision to make at the receiver position.
Here is a highlight reel for Waters.