The Green Bay Packers exited the preseason with questions surrounding the availability of their seven (yes, seven) wide receivers on the roster. However, after remarks made by Mike McCarthy regarding top target Jordy Nelson and practice participation for rookie wideout Trevor Davis, it appears the team may have all seven to choose from when it determines the active roster Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Nelson, who missed all of the 2015 season with a torn ACL, did not appear in a single game during the recently concluded preseason. While Green Bay took an understandably cautious approach with its most valuable pass catcher, Nelson expressed the desire to return to action sooner.
Meanwhile, Davis played extensively until landing on his shoulder awkwardly during the first quarter of the Packers' preseason finale. Davis said after the game that he did not know the full extent of his injury, casting some doubt as to his prospects for the season opener.
Ultimately, both appear on track for a Week 1 return or soon thereafter. McCarthy stated unequivocally that Nelson is "full-go" for next weekend's tilt in Jacksonville. A day later, Davis took part in individual drills during the portion of practice open to the media. That activity suggests Davis avoided a serious injury.
How many receivers the Packers ultimately decide to active on Sunday remains to be seen. Jeff Janis remains limited with a broken hand, though he practiced on a limited basis with a brace near the end of training camp. Davis too may sit down to give his shoulder more time to recover. Still, even if they miss Week 1, Green Bay should have its full compliment of weapons to choose from in the not-too-distance future.