With Jordy Nelson out for the 2015 season season and Randall Cobb's availability for his team's week 1 game in doubt, the Green Bay Packers need their young wide receivers to step up in a big way at the start of the 2015 season. However, one thing could throw a monkey wrench in those plans.
This morning, a Ted Thompson draft pick and long-time former Packers receiver was put back on the open market, and he could prove to be a tempting acquisition for the Packers' GM:
Jones played in Green Bay and with quarterback Aaron Rodgers for the wideout's first seven seasons in the NFL, and Rodgers was the starter for six of those years. During those six years, Jones' stat line looks like this:
88 games played; 263 receptions, 3,629 yards (13.8 yards per catch), 35 touchdowns
That works out to an average of 44 receptions for 605 yards and 6 scores per season. Though a 2015 version of Jones would be unlikely to put up numbers like that, he has been gone from Green Bay for just one season and therefore knows the Packers' offense better than any other available player. Furthermore, he has a good connection with Rodgers, as his numbers (and his 14-touchdown season in 2012) suggest.
Therefore, it would be little surprise if the Packers' 53-man roster looks a little different on Sunday afternoon than it does on Saturday when all the cuts are in.