Remember a few weeks back when NFL.com ran an article listing the top five best wide receiver groups in the NFL? Remember when they left the Packers off of their list, and we all were a little miffed?
SB Nation knows better.
In an article posted this afternoon, Danny Kelly of SB Nation and Field Gulls proved that he knows exceptional production and promise when he sees it, ranking the Packers' receivers among his "Elite" groups in the league, along with the Denver Broncos and Indianapolis Colts. You can check out the entire list here.
An important distinction is that Kelly separates his second-tier groups into "Damn Good" and "Dynamic Duos", which each fall below his "Elite" category. It's clear from his analysis that he's taking into account the depth of the units just as much as top-heavy talent.
A key factor in the Packers' ranking here is definitely the development of Jarrett Boykin on the outside. Still, Ted Thompson's success in drafting second-round receivers and Davante Adams' promise and athleticism are big factors in Danny's analysis:
second-round pick Devante Adams, another extremely intriguing draft picks whose skill-set should mesh perfectly with Rodgers' accuracy, velocity, and willingness to pull the trigger. The thing that stands out most about Adams is his ability to box out defenders and pluck the football at its highest point, a talent that I'm sure Rodgers will take advantage of. I don't think it'd be surprising if Adams jumps a few guys on the depth chart and starts getting some red-zone reps for Green Bay early in his career.
Going into the 2013 season, the Packers lost Greg Jennings to free agency, but didn't miss a beat at the wide receiver position, even with losing Randall Cobb for 10 games and that Aaron Rodgers guy for eight. Why couldn't they do that again in 2014 if they swap out James Jones for Davante Adams and Jared Abbrederis? It sure seems sensible to expect a repeat at this point.