Packers’ Receivers: Three Familiar Faces and Two New Tight Ends
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Let’s get right to it. The Green Bay Packers have three starting-quality wide receivers, but virtually no depth behind them. This should be a major concern, especially since injuries caused the Packers to clear the bench in its last two playoff losses just to fill the receiver positions.
Jordy Nelson is as steady as they come. No worries for two or three more years.
Following last season, I reviewed the year Davante Adams had. It was a good year and as long as Jordy is on the field, Adams should be able to repeat his production of right around 1,000 regular-season receiving yards. His size and athleticism might prevent him from ascending much beyond that mark, but he did the acclaimed “step-up” in his third season in the league.
Randall Cobb has been injured often and has had two sub-par years in a row. He’s small without being real fast, but he’s a good fit as slot receiver. It’s time we see some semblance of the 2014 Cobb, which led to him getting a $10 million per year four-year contract.
Sorry, but I just don’t see Trevor Davis, Geronimo Allison or Jeff Janis contributing much in 2017. If any of the three does, it will likely be Allison, who the coaches and QB dote on. Max McCaffrey and Antwan Goodley also show up on the depth chart.
The Packers would be wise to draft a receiver in the first three rounds of this year’s draft. Age will be creeping up on Nelson and the backup situation is utterly inadequate if injuries once again strike the group.
The team is pretty well set at tight end, with all three players a good bet to make the roster and little need to seek out a fourth. Personnel-wise, the only question is whether the second tight end will be Rodgers or Kendricks.
We well know of Rodgers’ speed limitations and poor blocking, though he is dependable and sure-handed.
Kendricks, a former Wisconsin Badgers’ star, labored for six years with the Rams, with his yearly receiving yardage varying from 245 to 519. In 2016, his yardage total was 499. The Rams, with QBs Case Keenum and Jared Goff, had the next-to-last passing yards in the NFL, 2,951. At age 29, think of Kendricks as a role player.
There’s one open question regarding tight end, as has already been discussed: now that the Packers have a proven big name right end in Bennett, will they finally make full use of his talent?