Packers 2014 Roster Preview: Returning Wide Receivers

Doug Pensinger

APC breaks down all seven wide receivers returning to Green Bay in 2014.

To prepare for training camp, we will be breaking down every player on the Green Bay Packers' 90-man roster in more detail, looking at contract terms and 2013 statistics, before we make our prediction for which players will make the 53-man roster at the end of training camp.

We continue our roster breakdown with a look at the Packers' returning wide receivers. A whopping seven players fall into this category, including star wideouts Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb.

#87 Jordy Nelson

6-3, 217 lbs
How acquired: second-round pick, 2008

2014 Contract Terms (signed for 2014 only)

Base salary: $3.05 million
Roster bonus: $200,000
Workout bonuses: $250,000
Total compensation: $3.5 million
Salary cap hit: $4.375 million

2013 Statistics

16 games played, 16 starts
Receiving: 85 receptions for 1314 yards (15.5 Avg.), eight touchdowns

Despite playing without his starting quarterback for roughly half the season, Jordy Nelson enjoyed a career year, producing personal highs in receptions and receiving yards. After injuries plagued the receiving corps, the Packers lined Nelson up in a number of spots to utilize his versatility.

#18 Randall Cobb

5-10, 192 lbs.
How acquired: second-round pick, 2011

2014 Contract terms (signed for 2014 only)

Base salary: $812,648
Salary cap hit: $1,021,179

2013 Statistics

Six games played, four starts
Receiving: 31 receptions for 433 yards (14.0 Avg.), four touchdowns
Rushing: four carries for 78 yards (19.5 avg.)
Returning: three punts for 23 yards (7.7 avg.), one kickoff for 10 yards

A broken leg sidelined Randall Cobb for much of the season, but the slot receiver returned, alongside Aaron Rodgers, to play a significant role in the Packers' week 17 win over the Bears to clinch the NFC North.

#11 Jarrett Boykin

6-2, 218 lbs.
How acquired: undrafted free agent signee, 2012

2014 Contract terms (signed for 2014 only)

Base salary: $570,000
Salary cap hit: $570,000

2013 Statistics

16 games played, 12 starts
Receiving: 49 catches for 681 yards (13.9 avg.), three touchdowns

After Randall Cobb, James Jones, and Jermichael Finley went down midway through the 2013 season, the Packers turned to second-year wideout Jarrett Boykin. Seizing his opportunity, Boykin totaled nearly 50 catches and 700 yards despite not recording a single reception through the first five weeks of the NFL season.

#13 Myles White

6-0, 182 lbs.
How acquired: undrafted free agent signee; assigned to practice squad; later promoted to active roster

2014 Contract terms (signed for 2014 only)

Base salary: $495,000
Salary cap hit: $495,000

2013 Statistics

Seven games played
Receiving: nine receptions for 66 yards (7.3 avg.)

The Packers promoted Myles White off the practice squad midway through the year, but the slot receiver produced little before ending his season on the injured reserve.

#13 Chris Harper

6-1, 228 lbs.
How acquired: waiver claim, 2013

2014 Contract terms (signed for 2014 only)

Base salary: $495,000
Salary cap hit: $495,000

2013 Statistics

Two games played

Despite entering the league as a fourth-round pick last season, two teams gave up on Chris Harper before the Packers scooped him up off waivers. He played a grand total of two snaps as a rookie, neither resulting in so much as a target. However, the Packers have high hopes for Harper in year two.

#6 Kevin Dorsey

6-1, 207 lbs.
How acquired: seventh-round pick, 2013

2014 Contract terms (signed for 2014 only)

Base salary: $420,000
Salary cap hit: $434,212

2013 Statistics

(Spent entire season on injured reserve)

While Kevin Dorsey was the less heralded of the Packers' two 2013 seventh-round receivers, he escaped an outright release due to a knee injury that landed him on the injured reserve. Now healthy, Dorsey faces stacked competition for a roster spot in 2014.

#1 Alex Gillett

6-1, 214 lbs.
How acquired: undrafted free agent signee, 2013; assigned to practice squad

2014 Contract terms (signed for 2014 only)

Base salary: $420,000
Salary cap hit: $420,000

2013 Statistics

(Spent entire season on practice squad)

The Packers opted to allow Alex Gillett to continue his transition from college quarterback to NFL receiver on the practice squad in 2013. The only way for Gillett to continue his NFL career is to win a roster spot.

Jason Hirschhorn covers the Green Bay Packers for Acme Packing Company. He also serves as a contributor at various publications. His work has previously appeared on Hook’em Headlines, Beats Per Minute, and Lombardi Ave.
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