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Packers May Be Forced To Rely On Rookie Receivers

The Green Bay Packers listed their top three receivers on their Wednesday injury report. Of those three, Davante Adams — who was limited with a calf injury — seems like the only decent bet to play on Sunday.

Update: Adams’ calf injury has taken a turn for the worse. Coach Mike McCarthy said he wouldn’t practice on Thursday and would only do rehab.

Geronimo Allison sat out with a concussion. Randall Cobb is still out with a hamstring injury he said he had no chance of playing on last week.

That could leave the Packers with just Adams (if he plays) and their three rookie receivers against the Lions. Surely, that will go a long way to correcting the team’s offensive issues.

Of the three rookies, only Marquez Valdes-Scantling has seen significant snaps. He has tallied 74, but 54 of those came just last week. Valdes-Scantling has two catches for 54 yards on the season.

J’Mon Moore only saw his first action last week, getting 11 snaps. He has no catches. Equanimeous St. Brown hasn’t played a down.

That certainly isn’t ideal for a quarterback who — by his own standards — has been struggling a bit and hates throwing to rookies.

If things play out like this — without Allison and Cobb — expect a heavy dose of Adams (if he plays) and tight end Jimmy Graham. You should also expect a heavy dose of Aaron Jones and the Packers other running backs. The Lions have the worst rushing defense in the league by a wide margin.

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6 Comments

  1. Adam October 4, 2018

    I hope Tae can at least make it on Sunday, but I’m genuinely eager to see the rooks play. This is the only time offensive rookies ever see action under McCarthy.

    Maybe I’m in the minority here, but I’m tired of seeing rookies take two or three seasons to earn any playing time. How do we know if we got a stud slot-guy, when Cobb is in his final contract year? How do we know if MVS can be the deep-threat, defense-stretcher he seems to be. Or if Moore can work through his concentration issues to make going 4-wide a viable playbook option. Get them ready and let them go out there to contribute instead of wasting years and roster spots. Sure, there will be rough spots but I believe in-game experience is the best teacher and will weed out the weak.

    1. Cheese October 5, 2018

      Exactly. You don’t spend three draft picks in one year, on a single position, only to stash them on the roster and never use them.

      “OMG, but what if they make a mistake, make Rodgers mad, or even worse… lose his trust?!?!”
      Oh, I don’t know, maybe ask Davante. Dude dropped the ball left and right only to have Rodgers throw it to him even more.

  2. Don October 4, 2018

    mysterious injuries again! probably more rehabbing than practicing. same old same old. SOFT!

  3. Ferris October 4, 2018

    Bring back Jeff Janis, and sign Dez. Problem solved.

  4. Ferris October 4, 2018

    Actually this is not that difficult. Receivers are…Adams (maybe) Allison (maybe) If not then the rookies, Jimmy Graham and Ty Montgomery. Give Jones the ball 25 times, easy peasy.

  5. Dennis Dervetski October 4, 2018

    That’s why we used many draft choices in them. Time to prove they’re worthy.