Admittedly, this story is in the early stages. However, with the news that the Packers could be without James Jones this week and Randall Cobb for even longer, it appears that the team has made a move to replenish its depleted receiving corps.
USA Today's Lindsay Jones has been reading the tea leaves and reports that the Packers plan to sign wide receiver Tavarres King from the Broncos' practice squad.
Rookie practice squad WR Tarvarres King cleaned out his locker. Think he's getting signed elsewhere.— Lindsay Jones (@bylindsayhjones) October 14, 2013
Ijust asked Tavarres King if he was going to Green Bay. "How do you know that?" Then he ducked into the bathroom. So, we'll see.— Lindsay Jones (@bylindsayhjones) October 14, 2013
King is a 6-0, 191 pound rookie receiver out of the University of Georgia. He lead the Bulldogs in receiving yards and touchdown receptions his senior year on a team that took the National Champions to overtime in the SEC Championship game. At the NFL combine, King ran a 4.47 forty and showcased a 36.5 inch vertical leap.
The Broncos selected King in the 5th round of this year's draft, but waived him in their final cut down to stash him on the practice squad. That's not necessarily an indictment of King's abilities, though, as Denver is flush with quality receivers.
However, the Broncos are making an 11th hour push to retain King.
Talked to Tavarres King, who's on Broncos practice squad. GB has offered 53-man roster opportunity. But Broncos would like to keep him,— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) October 14, 2013
This is a common practice in the NFL. Last week, the Bills were close to signing James Nixon off Green Bay's practice squad, but the Packers offered Nixon a chance to join their 53. King now has leverage and can go with whichever opportunity he likes better.
While King is inexperienced and unfamiliar with the Packers' offense, he could be a fantastic addition to the Packers' passing game. That is, if Green Bay can sign him.
UPDATE 5:10 pm CST: Rob Demovsky reports that the agent for Tavarres King does not believe his client is signing with the Packers.
Jason Hirschhorn covers the Green Bay Packers for Acme Packing Co. He has previously written for Lombardi Ave, College Hoops Net, LiveBall Sports, and the List Universe. He is also currently a senior writer for Beats Per Minute, an indie-music webzine. Follow him on Twitter: @JBHirschhorn