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Packers 2017 53-Man Roster Predictions: WRs will have tough cuts to get to six

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Nelson, Adams and Cobb take the lead with Davis and Allison near at hand.

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Continuing our series looking at the Green Bay Packers’ 90-man roster prior to training camp, we examine the quarterback position and reveal our pre-camp predictions for the team’s 2017 53-man roster. Ten APC contributors submitted full roster predictions, and we will present the consensus predictions drawn from those individual guesses over the next two weeks.

A year after the Green Bay Packers shockingly kept seven wide receivers on the week one roster, the writers at APC feel there will be six wideouts on the 53-man roster to start 2017. Here is how it shook out.

Starters

Jordy Nelson

Clear number one among the group. Nelson led the team in targets (164) and was sixth among all receivers. He grew over the course of the season while recovering from his ACL injury. Nelson carries the complete confidence of Aaron Rodgers and this means a great deal. Expect to see Jordy lined up all over the field.

Davante Adams

Adams was also very high in targets. His 146 targets was tied with Doug Baldwin for 12th in the league. Still, Adams had some concentration problems. Several of these occured in the end zone, to the great frustration of fans everywhere. Adams also seems to have gained the confidence of Rodgers and was the beneficiary of repeated 50/50 balls last year. Expect similar production again this year.

Randall Cobb

Many expect a return to prominence for Cobb. Hard to tell. Cobb clearly still has a role with this team. He has very good hands and an ability to find open spaces. Cobb is still quick and makes big plays in the short passing game. While Cobb is unlikely to see the sort of numbers he did in 2014, he will have a role in a strong offense.

Backups

Geronimo Allison

It was a little telling the Allison got more targets, attention, and snaps on offense than Trevor Davis last year. Allison did very well to make catches in traffic and controlled his body well in the air. As a tall, long receiver he is an insurance policy on both Nelson and Adams. Allison only barely made this list as he only beat out Jeff Janis by a single vote.

Trevor Davis

Davis has the speed to make interesting match up problems. Davis also possesses the return ability that nearly guarantees his place on this team. With Cobb and Montgomery seeing heavy playing time and Micah Hyde now gone, Davis should get more opportunities on special teams as he continues to grow as a receiver.

DeAngelo Yancey

Here is where things get interesting in this prediction. The one rookie seen to make this team is Yancey. In a few scenarios, writers did go as far as naming seven receivers on the 53-Man Roster. Several of those votes were split with Malachi Dupre and Janis. As the next of the expectant future prospects, Yancey was widely selected, though, landing on eight of ten submissions.

Missing the Cut

Malachi Dupre, Jeff Janis, Max McCaffrey, Michael Clark, Montay Crockett and Colby Pearson.

Overall

It’s great to see so many strong candidates present. There is not a lot of space to break into this group, but APC feels confident that Yancey will make this roster. These players produced at a high level last year after coming out of injury-plagued seasons in 2015.