Packers’ depth at wide receiver creates questions

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As it turns out, the ledger sheet isn’t the only place the Packers have an embarassment of riches.

Their incredible depth at wide receiver could force them to carry more than they’ve kept in the past. As Rob Reischel notes in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, they’ve only kept five wideouts on the 53-man roster each of the last five seasons and just four the year before that.

But they’ve also kept odd allotments such as five tight ends (2011) or three fullbacks (2010), so it’s clear General Manager Ted Thompson is not a guy who boxes himself in with numbers.

There’s a lot of depth there,” offensive coordinator Tom Clements said. “There’s a lot of guys that have played well and demonstrated that over the years.

“Then we have a lot of young guys who have shown some ability. It’s an interesting group and competition will make them all better.”

Starters Greg Jennings and Jordy Nelson are as good as any tandem in the league. James Jones has shown more consistency and made plays given chances. Randall Cobb’s return skills look like they’ll translate to offense.

And then veteran Donald Driver was given a guaranteed $1.2 million roster bonus, so it’s hard to imagine him leaving.

That means without a trade or injury, the Packers might have to expose young players such as Tori Gurley and Diondre Borel to waivers. Both were given more than the standard practice squad rate to entice them to stay last year. Between Driver’s age (37) and Jennings entering a contract year, there’s motivation to keep young, cheap parts.

So while probably too much attention is being paid to Supplemental Draft prospect Josh Gordon at the moment, teams needing help at the position might be better served calling the Packers about the leftovers.

11 responses to “Packers’ depth at wide receiver creates questions

  1. Good thing they have enough playakers on offense. Doesn’t seem like Thompson gave a rats @ss about the defense or offensive lines in the past year. But hey, you keep your 12 guys (23% of the ) that can catch on the team. Don’t worry about the 30th ranked defense.

  2. Not to mention that both Gurley (Vikings) and Borel (Bucs) were offered active roster spots by other teams during the 2011 season, but turned them down to stay on the Packers’ practice squad. Might not have been the smartest short-term monetary decision, but they know they’ll get top-flight coaching during a full offseason in Green Bay and will be much more ready to stick with a team this fall, be it in Green Bay or elsewhere.

    Personally I’m hoping that Gurley makes the team, since he’s the exact same size as Vincent Jackson (6′ 5″, 230lbs) and they currently don’t have a receiver who’s taller than 6 feet. Other than Finley, they don’t have a guy who can out jump his coverage if needed.

  3. irishgary says:
    Jul 11, 2012 8:40 AM
    and the Vikings are liking a dog drooling for leftovers
    So what your saying is they aren’t good enough to be on the packers?? You got everything out of them you could, and now your dumping them?? Not sure how these two young guys are leftovers, especially if the packers paid them more money to stay on with the team.

  4. @bombacim

    Every April the NF has a draft, google you’ll see it’s true. Then see what the Packers picked in the draft. I’m sure after a wile and maybe with a little help you will get it figured out.

  5. uwsptke says: Jul 11, 2012 9:48 AM

    …they currently don’t have a receiver who’s taller than 6 feet. Other than Finley…

    Jordy’s 6’3″

  6. Not to mention the Moss kid who only played one year of college football but has amazing athleticism and could be a star in a few years. I can’t imagine they keep six WRs, but I couldn’t imagine they’d keep 3 FBs or 5TEs either. Hope trader Ted can trade at least one guy for a draft pick.

  7. Wouldn’t be surprised to see the Pack carry both these guys – if they show the same promise this year that they did last (IOW – no one year wonders).

    They carried a lot of TE’s last year as insurance on the Finely situation, can’t see them doing it again and that’s where you’d see your roster spots open for these guys.

  8. simpmcgee says: Jul 11, 2012 12:07 PM

    uwsptke says: Jul 11, 2012 9:48 AM

    …they currently don’t have a receiver who’s taller than 6 feet. Other than Finley…

    Jordy’s 6’3″

    And noteworthy too……in his High School Division 3 State Track and Field Championships, he took first place in the 100, 200, 400, and the long jump. This guy is a Sleeper Keeper…and still drives the Buick his grandmother gave him for college, and still goes home to his brothers farm in the off-season. A true Packer kind of guy.

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