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Mike McCarthy suggests Packers could keep six receivers

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Donald Driver made his return to the Packers on Wednesday and he was greeted by a heavy media horde.

Lori Nickel of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel had to give her tape recorder to Packers wide receiver James Jones in order to get it close enough to Driver to hear what he was saying to the throngs gathered in front of his locker. Zach Heilprin of ESPNMilwaukee.com reports that Driver outlined his goals for his return to the Packers, which consist of wanting to “retire as a Packer, with no one ever wearing the #80 again & have his name in the Ring of Honor.”

Other than Ron Wolf, all the members of that last group are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame so Driver might have to put up some pretty big numbers in whatever time he has left. That could be hard given all the other receivers on the roster, especially if Mike McCarthy winds up keeping six of them. He suggested it was a possibility on Wednesday.

“The way we play, you could make a legitimate argument for six receivers … Our roster will be challenged as far as six receivers. That’s something you get into in training camp. I don’t think roster spots will be determined here over the next couple of weeks. Special teams will play a big part in which positions are heavier than others.”

McCarthy also said that the team would limit Driver’s activities in practice this week as he gets his football legs back after his side trip to the dance floor. Once he does, it sounds like the battle for spots and playing time will be underway in Green Bay.

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26 Responses to “Mike McCarthy suggests Packers could keep six receivers”
  1. lakescout says: May 30, 2012 5:03 PM

    Makes sense….Packers throw the ball. Why not keep 6 and trim to 4 TE’s?

  2. linemanguy74 says: May 30, 2012 5:17 PM

    Didn’t he learn that Arena Football doesn’t work come play off time. You may need a defense and running game

  3. jwcarlson says: May 30, 2012 5:23 PM

    lakescout says:
    May 30, 2012 5:03 PM
    Makes sense….Packers throw the ball. Why not keep 6 and trim to 4 TE’s?

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    Then what to do with the 18 DLmen they signed?
    The defense needs the extra roster spots, not the offense. DD has been great… I just don’t see it happening.

  4. medtxpack says: May 30, 2012 5:27 PM

    We kept to many TEs last year. With all these defenses carrying more DBs why not stack the deck with the best.

  5. ShimSham says: May 30, 2012 5:32 PM

    In 2010 they kept three Fullbacks. In 2011 they kept five Tight Ends.

    They absolutely could keep six Wide Receivers.

  6. greej1938l says: May 30, 2012 5:33 PM

    I think it’s a good idea with the way they throw the ball

  7. bozz2006 says: May 30, 2012 5:35 PM

    “The defense needs the extra roster spots, not the offense. DD has been great… I just don’t see it happening.”

    I bet his restructured deal has little or no guaranteed money. If he can’t hang anymore, they’ll tell him they’re gonna cut him and slide him right into a “face of the organization” type job.

  8. packfaninchitown says: May 30, 2012 5:36 PM

    Might as well keep Driver one more year so he can get another Super Bowl Ring…

  9. byzr says: May 30, 2012 5:39 PM

    i’d list them in this order:
    Jennings
    Nelson
    Cobb
    Driver
    Jones
    Smithson/Gurley

    i’d rather have Driver and his experience and leadership than Jones and his come and go hands..

  10. dahoen says: May 30, 2012 5:42 PM

    Driver in Purple this year!

  11. stellarperformance says: May 30, 2012 5:44 PM

    I think McCarthy and Ted are keeping this one close to the vest. There is no harm keeping more receivers than necessary, right up until the final cut is made. You never know who might go down with a major injury during camp. The downside, if cut late, is the short time a receiver has to land with another team (Driver included.) I guess that’s called tough luck, in Ted’s world.

  12. thankheavenfornumberseven says: May 30, 2012 5:46 PM

    Remember when Packer fans used to boast about having the youngest team in the NFL? Now they’re hoping their old guys can make the team so they can remember how good they used to be.

  13. tangysizzl says: May 30, 2012 6:24 PM

    The Packers are still probably one of the youngest teams in the NFL, they have 4 guys over 30 Woodson, Pickett, Driver and Saturday and a few approaching 30 but thats about it.

    Used to be good huh, the Packers are still better than the Steelers, who got knocked out of the playoffs by Tebow and the Broncos, lol. The Packers just went 15-1 and lost to the eventual SB champs in the Giants. Go suck an egg, pansy.

  14. marko959 says: May 30, 2012 6:40 PM

    “i’d rather have Driver and his experience and leadership than Jones and his come and go hands..”

    It might surprise you to learn that Driver has more drops than Jones in each of the last two seasons. I believe that includes percentage of drops also. Some of Jones’ drops stand out because they could have led to scores in high profile games.

  15. ernie ernie says: May 30, 2012 7:00 PM

    The plan is to cut driver in the pre season and he gets da mooney and retires a Packer. No way he plays this year. His last year wasn’t very good.

  16. kidpresentable says: May 30, 2012 7:21 PM

    “…so they can remember how good they used to be”

    Used to be? Would you care to compare the Packers record last year to the Vikings? How about the last five years? Ten? Fifteen? Twenty? Just let me know when “used to be” kicks in.

  17. Canned Heat says: May 30, 2012 8:35 PM

    thankheavenfornumberseven says:May 30, 2012 5:46 PM

    Remember when Packer fans used to boast about having the youngest team in the NFL? Now they’re hoping their old guys can make the team so they can remember how good they used to be.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Says the guy whose Steelers are going to be headed to the scrap heap and rusting awfully quick in the next few years. I don’t think any of us bragged about the Packers being a young team…that ‘s usually somewhat of a detriment. You may have confused DEEP with YOUNG…something you don’t have much of in either regard in Steelers camp.

    What I DO seem to remember is when Roethlisberger could actually move his fat tank and wasn’t getting indicted every other season…that we all remember. Here’s another thing I remember…you right here on this site popping off and guaranteeing your team’s 7th Championship a year and and a half ago, only to be shown the door by the very team your trying to punk out…remember? And then then hiding in your corner for days or weeks until the smoke cleared and you were done kicking your dog and swearing at your step mom from the basement….I remember that.

    And while we’re at it….13 World Titles will still ALWAYS trump your 6. No matter how hard you try to sugar coat your trophy room, the trophy itself, or the title.

  18. stavreafavre says: May 30, 2012 8:35 PM

    They may try not to give #80 to another roster player for some time, but no way it’s going to be retired. There are Packers in the Hall of Fame and others who should be who have not had their numbers retired by the team. And Driver, though he is a great player and a great person, is a longshot to get into Canton.

  19. Canned Heat says: May 30, 2012 8:42 PM

    dahoen says:May 30, 2012 5:42 PM

    Driver in Purple this year!
    _________________________________

    You guys surely are about due for another Packer retread any day here now, if history has anything to say about it.

    BTW, I heard Ahman Green was trying to get back into the league. I can almost see the billboards on Interstate 394 & 35…

  20. scrapingthefloorioforstorios says: May 30, 2012 9:02 PM

    i think if they really do keep 6, that driver would probably not be one of the 6 most promising and talented of them. that’s really the determining factor. shaky smithson and tori gurley have been praised for their upside and driver-like work ethic. it makes no sense at all to keep driver even if he’s just as good as either of those two. cut gurley, and he’s as good as purple…

  21. stavreafavre says: May 30, 2012 9:05 PM

    I think thankheavenfornumberseven is a Vikings fan, but I guess he might be a Steelers fan. Either way, he apparantly doesn’t have anything to celebrate with his own team and spends a lot of time envying the Packers.

  22. thankheavenfornumberseven says: May 30, 2012 10:29 PM

    kidpresentable says:May 30, 2012 7:21 PM

    “…so they can remember how good they used to be”

    Used to be? Would you care to compare the Packers record last year to the Vikings? How about the last five years? Ten? Fifteen? Twenty? Just let me know when “used to be” kicks in.
    _______

    Canned Heat says:May 30, 2012 8:35 PM

    thankheavenfornumberseven says:May 30, 2012 5:46 PM

    Remember when Packer fans used to boast about having the youngest team in the NFL? Now they’re hoping their old guys can make the team so they can remember how good they used to be.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Says the guy whose Steelers are going to be headed to the scrap heap and rusting awfully quick in the next few years. I don’t think any of us bragged about the Packers being a young team…that ‘s usually somewhat of a detriment. You may have confused DEEP with YOUNG…something you don’t have much of in either regard in Steelers camp.

    What I DO seem to remember is when Roethlisberger could actually move his fat tank and wasn’t getting indicted every other season…that we all remember. Here’s another thing I remember…you right here on this site popping off and guaranteeing your team’s 7th Championship a year and and a half ago, only to be shown the door by the very team your trying to punk out…remember? And then then hiding in your corner for days or weeks until the smoke cleared and you were done kicking your dog and swearing at your step mom from the basement….I remember that.

    And while we’re at it….13 World Titles will still ALWAYS trump your 6. No matter how hard you try to sugar coat your trophy room, the trophy itself, or the title.
    _________

    So am I supposed to like the Vikings or the Steelers? It’s all very confusing. Here’s a hint: Hines Ward is a poor man’s Donald Driver.

  23. vikescry1 says: May 31, 2012 10:02 AM

    byzr says:
    May 30, 2012 5:39 PM
    i’d list them in this order:
    Jennings
    Nelson
    Cobb
    Driver
    Jones
    Smithson/Gurley

    i’d rather have Driver and his experience and leadership than Jones and his come and go hands..

    —————————————————————————————————————————————————- driver actually had more drops than jones last year. but if i had a choice i’d still take driver.

  24. toolkien says: May 31, 2012 11:28 AM

    Didn’t he learn that Arena Football doesn’t work come play off time. You may need a defense and running game
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    The Packers turned the ball over 4 times in the playoff game while giving it away 0.9 times per game in the regular season, and 1.0 per game in the games against playoff caliber teams in the regular season. Since 1992, only 3 of 71 playoff teams that have turned the ball over 4+ times have won the game, and in two of those games, the other team turned it over 4 times and 6 times. Only once in 20 years, in the playoffs, has a team turned the ball over 4+ times, losing the turnover margin, and won the game.

    Also, in the last 12 years, the Super Bowl winner won the turnover margin in the entire playoffs 9 times, and the other three were won by the team that was #2 in turnover margin for the playoffs.

    The lesson here is you can’t turn the ball over and expect to win, whether you’re an offensively skewed team or a defensively skewed team. You’ve got to do what got you to the playoffs, which you can’t do when you give it the other team 4+ extra times.

  25. axespray says: May 31, 2012 9:20 PM

    Makes sense… like back in 95 and 96 when WRs were going down like flies…

    Freeman’s arm, Sterling, I think Brooks got banged up… High Passing Offense, can never have enough depth.

  26. linemanguy74 says: May 31, 2012 11:17 PM

    In other words they chocked under pressure and that great defense couldn’t make any plays. They better get a defense

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