There are plenty of positions on the roster where the final few spots on the depth chart are up for grabs. And there may not be a more intriguing position than wide receiver. After the Big Three (Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, Davante Adams) and special-teams core player Jeff Janis, it’s hard to handicap just how many wide receivers the Packers will keep, and who those will be.
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers took up the cause of second-year man Trevor Davis, who he said has elevated his game by being mentally sharper within the offense. Fellow second-year man Geronimo Allison is on solid ground, although he’ll miss the Sept. 10 regular-season opener against Seattle because of an NFL suspension. The competition from there centers around two rookie draft picks (fifth-rounder DeAngelo Yancey and seventh-round pick Malachi Dupre) and former practice-squad receiver Max McCaffrey, who has had a tremendous camp.
Due to limited opportunities and some offensive inconsistency, the receivers haven’t had as many in-game chances to stake their claims for roster spots.
“More goes into it in the games,” coach Mike McCarthy said. “I think just the little things. Obviously as far as throwing the football, the number of targets for each guy is never really (as high as) you want it to be, which reflects that the group has depth. But as far as the route running, I think our time clock, our breaking points, the specifics of what we emphasize in the spring, you can definitely see carryover there. So I thought the receiver group, they’ve graded out very well as a whole.”
Added GM Ted Thompson: “We look forward to see ‘em compete and get after it. I’m sure they’re ready to go, too.”