After general manager Brian Gutekunst made the controversial decision to release wide receiver Jordy Nelson, the Green Bay Packers suddenly became very thin at a very important position.
The acquisition of tight ends Jimmy Graham and Marcedes Lewis helped offset some of that lack of depth, but it was Gutekunst’s selection of three wide receivers in April’s draft that really was meant to plug the holes on the roster.
The problem now is that except for Davante Adams and Randall Cobb, the Packers are very raw and inexperienced at receiver. This means they are one injury to Adams away from being in a heap of trouble like in 2015 when Nelson tore his ACL and Adams was enduring a sophomore slump.
This isn’t to say the rookies aren’t without talent. J’Mon Moore, Equanimeous St. Brown and Marquez Valdes-Scantling all bring unique skills to the table. Until they plan an NFL snap however, the Packers are taking a huge roll of the dice at a critical position.
You can read more on how the rookie receivers will need to get up to speed quickly plus why there are reasons for optimism heading into training camp in today’s cheese curds.
With Adams’ concussion history and Randall Cobb seemingly unable to carry the load, the rookie class of receivers will need to find chemistry with Aaron Rodgers and fast. Hopefully everyone stays healthy, but that’s far from a guarantee.
Pettine met with every single defensive player individually after taking the job and it was a gesture the players appreciated. He even had players put their goals on paper during their meeting.
Mike McCarthy followed Sean Payton as a Super Bowl winner and now could follow him with how he uses his deep backfield.
There are still questions on the roster, but there are plenty of reasons for hope in Green Bay.
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