The Green Bay Packers need a plan at slot receiver. While pretty much every other starting job on the roster is settled, what the Packers do in the slot will be a fascinating saga to watch over the course of spring workouts and training camp.
Plenty of players already on the team could contribute there. Each of the Packers’ top four receivers — Davante Adams, Geronimo Allison, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, and Equanimeous St. Brown — have experience in the slot. Jake Kumerow does as well. Add in tight end Jimmy Graham, who is less of a blocker and more of a big slot receiver anyway, and you have lots of big players to contribute.
In addition, the 2019 NFL Draft provides some exciting options. One player we’ll learn about shortly has a diminutive frame, but exceptional athletic ability. Numerous other options like Ohio State’s Parris Campbell, Ole Miss’ A.J. Brown, and others could also come into play early on the second day of the draft.
In short, there are already no shortage of options; the question now is what head coach Matt LaFleur and his staff choose to do once the season rolls around.
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With Randall Cobb gone, the Packers are looking inside and outside the organization for players who can get separation from the inside of the formation. However, LaFleur's past experience and some of Brian Gutekunst's comments suggest that a bigger body is what they're looking for there.
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However, the interest in Isabella goes counter to the idea of lining up bigger players in the slot. Since Ted Thompson got the GM job, the team has never drafted a receiver shorter than Cobb (5-foot-10 1/4). Isabella is an inch and a half shorter than that, but he does have ludicrous speed (4.31) and good workout numbers in other areas.
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Smith has played in all 65 possible games in his four-year career (including a playoff loss to the Packers in 2015), and that string of steadiness is one of his biggest strengths. However, he's looking to become a true premier edge rusher, moving beyond the label of being solid and dependable.
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Two former Packers slot options show up on this list: Cobb for his deal with the Cowboys and Jared Cook for his contract in New Orleans.
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Here’s hoping the thieves feel the Wrath of God upon them. Meanwhile, the store owners would surely like to take a Time Walk and see if their security camera has Ancestral Recall.