Receiver Picture Muddied After First Preseason Game
The Green Bay Packers gave long looks to their young receivers on Thursday night. The results were mixed and that has muddied the waters on who might get a roster spot.
The biggest night came from rookie Marquez Valdes-Scantling.
The fifth-round pick finished with five catches for 101 yards and a touchdown. He had a long of 51 and showed the kind of straight-line speed the Packers have arguably lacked at the position. Certainly, Trevor Davis has that type of speed, but he’s done next to nothing as a receiver in three seasons.
Valdes-Scantling has something else Davis doesn’t have — height. He’s 6-4, which makes for an enticing downfield target.
The second big night came from the darling of camp, Jake Kumerow. He caught three passes for 76 yards and a touchdown, with a long of 52.
Although Kumerow has been heaped with praise by pretty much everyone, including Aaron Rodgers, the most telling sign may be playing time. The Packers took long looks at their rookie receivers and a lesser one at Kumerow.
You could say perhaps that means they know what they have in Kumerow and not the rookies. Or you could say that means Kumerow isn’t likely to get a roster spot.
The other big performer was sixth-round pick Equanimeous St. Brown.
Here’s a guy who has seemingly done nothing in camp. However, he had four catches for 61 yards on Thursday. He also showed ability to get yards after the catch.
The news was not so good for fourth-round pick J’Mon Moore. The Packers want to develop him into a multi-faceted receiving threat. However, he has been labeled inconsistent. He did nothing to dispel that notion on Thursday.
Moore finished with three catches for 27 yards and had two drops.
So you can see whose stock is up and whose is down.
In terms of the final roster, I think we now have to ask if the Packers would release a fourth-round pick?
There are three games to go, of course. So plenty can still change.