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Status Quo at Receiver for Packers

It’s almost maddening, but it certainly sounds like nothing is going to change. Despite what would appear to be a wealth of options at receiver, the Green Bay Packers sound like they’ll be trotting out the same exact players play after play.

That would be the trio of Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb and Davante Adams.

We railed on the coach Mike McCarthy for not utilizing more of his offensive weapons after week 1. We’ll probably be doing that all season. Nelson and Cobb are the clear 1 and 2. No one in their right mind thinks Adams is worth damn, but McCarthy lumped him right in with the other two guys this week.

“I think when you have all three players run the way those three guys do, it definitely gives you continuity, consistency and definitely production,” McCarthy said of Nelson, Cobb and Adams. “The fact of the matter is it’s a long season. There’s a lot of football in front of us. You do want to find some common ground there where everybody plays. That’s something (where) you’re trying to find balance without disrupting the rhythm and flow of your offense.”

It’s completely laughable to suggest Adams is somehow a great runner. That guy couldn’t get separation from a stuck pig.

We’ve said this before and we’ll say it again. When you have playmakers, you find playing time for them and put them in a position to make plays.

That would go for guys like Jared Abbrederis, who had an amazing preseason and then played just 11 snaps in week 1. That would go for playoff hero Jeff Janis when he fully returns from his broken hand. It would even go for Ty Montgomery, who showed flashes as a rookie before getting injured.

But no, we can’t disrupt the flow of this glorious offense!

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers seems just as guilty of this line of thinking as McCarthy.

“We don’t like to substitute a lot,” Rodgers said. “I like it when those guys can stay on the field for a number of snaps in a row. The key is we need to get all in that football shape where we can play 85-plus percent, so we can keep those guys on the field. But when we need to rotate, we expect those guys to come in and make plays.”

Great. It’s going to be a long season of watching Davante Adams trudge around and drop passes.

Good thing the Packers kept seven receivers, four of which will never see the field.

Mordecai Jones

Mordecai is a writer living in Los Angeles. He primarily writes screenplays, but also does crap like this because GREEN BAY PACKERS, baby!



  1. Chad Lundberg September 15, 2016

    MM has made personell mistakes before, such as starting Nick Barnett over Desmond Bishop. Still too early to write off Davante Adams like this. James Jones eventually came around to solving his drops problem.

  2. Xlvordie September 15, 2016

    You’re a fucking tool
    No body cares about the drops as much as the fact he can’t get open or demand attention from the defense.

    1. Empacador September 15, 2016

      Bullshit. You must not watch many Packer games friend. If it was solely about getting open then pretty much all of 2015 would have seen almost no passing attempts as the receivers couldn’t fight their way out of a wet paper bag. They are forcing the god damned ball to one half of Kid ‘n Play whether he is open or not. If they are gonna force the ball the least Adams could do is catch the fucking thing and warrant all the praise McCarthy bestows on the guy for who knows what reason.

      1. Abe Frohman September 16, 2016

        one half of Kid N Play…..NICE!!!!

  3. Xlvordie September 15, 2016

    Ok I’m confused buy what you are trying to say..obviously adams sucks. And has drops. If jordy drops passes at the rate adams does it wouldn’t be as big if a deal because he still gets open and requires attention from the safety. Adams on the other hand gets single coverage , can’t beat it, then drops the ball on top of it.

    1. Empacador September 16, 2016

      But Jordy doesn’t drop passes at the same rate. The reps they waste on Adams could go to someone with a higher upside for return. If I’m wrong and he turns out to be the next Jerry Rice then I stand corrected, but I don’t see him being even as good as Bill Schroeder. McCarthy is always preaching about accountability, availability, skills. Whatever they see with Adams remains a mystery to everyone else.

      1. Empacador September 16, 2016

        Let me frame this in another way. During the Lions game @ Lambeau last season Adams was targeted 21 times, and made 10 whole catches. Then during the Bear game @ Lambeau Adams was targeted 11 times and contributed a whopping 2 catches. If Lacy or Starks fumbled twice in a game, thus hurting the offense, odds are they’re gonna be sitting for awhile, unless someone gets hurt and they have no choice. Double standard with certain receivers.

  4. MJ September 15, 2016

    Yeah, long live Dropante Adams. He’ll be a big contributor… eventually… when playing behind healthy Nelson and Cobb… with Rodgers throwing him the ball… repeatedly.

  5. MJ September 15, 2016

    And by the way, I guess the editors would like to fix the broken link on the article about Treadmill.

  6. Deepsky September 16, 2016

    History shows a lot of receivers who ended up pretty good looked pretty bad the first few years. Adams may still come around. He didn’t look quite as awful in the last game as he did last season.

  7. Abe Frohman September 16, 2016

    I don’t care if Abby, Montgomery, or Janis see much of the field so long as Cook does. That guy is a match up nightmare that will only help everyone else on the field.

  8. Please September 16, 2016

    Excuse me, but NO ONE gets open. The Packer receivers jog to their appointed spot on the field and wait for Rodgers to throw them open….that’s the extent of their passing offensive strategy. I’m serious, that it. It’s been that way for years now. Against the Bears last year we had a 5 receiver set in the Red Zone where all five jogged to the goal line and turn around. They don’t even turn around quickly. It’s the most baffling passing attack strategy ever implemented.

    1. Empacador September 16, 2016

      Why work hard at something when you know you are safe? The only guys it seems that need to worry are the backup scrubs, like someone who might be a bad influence on your running back http://sgtest.totalpackers.com/2015/12/packers-think-harris-was-bad-influence-on-lacy/. Last year the wide receivers were all hurt or didn’t have the trust factor, nor a coach, so they basically had free reign to do whatever it is they did.

      Would love to see more Cook as well, but don’t get your hopes up too quickly. Remember, this staff couldn’t even take advantage of a clearly injured Richard Sherman during the NFC championship game 2 years ago. McCarthy bitched that Ted didn’t give him the tight end he coveted since losing Finley. Unless this is some kind of “bold strategy” to limit Cook so the Packers can re-sign him on the cheap, I’m thinking DickRodg is going to be used more than Cook, same as it ever was.