The Green Bay Packers receiving depth has been the basis for many stories on this website, as well as across the Packers universe. With the injury to Jeff Janis, we are down to six options to make the active roster. So far this preseason, Jared Abbrederis has made the most of his opportunities.
Going into the offseason, I had predicted the final 2 receiving positions would come down to Abbrederis and Trevor Davis. However, Aaron Rodgers has raved about Abbrederis’s route running and hands. If Rodgers can trust him to be where he needs to be, and to catch the ball in difficult situations, it improves his chance to see increased playing time.
The main issue with Abbrederis is availability. He has a history of concussions and other injuries, and the Packers need reliability out of an offense that was anything but reliable last season.
Davante Adams has been wildly inconsistent throughout training camp, and may be seeing his chances to have significant playing time literally slip through his hands. Ty Montgomery has a lot of ground to make up after missing a significant chunk of time recovering from last years injury. Trevor Davis provides much needed speed, but it would be incredibly difficult for a rookie to crack the rotation of the Packers highly complex offense.
So far Abbrederis has been one of the most productive players for the entire Packers team during the leadup to the season. He has set himself up to be a major contributor on this offense. With his sharp route running, good hands, and quick burst, he could turn into a major threat in the slot.
As Aaron Rodgers said, “He’s a guy that has phenomenal preparation. He’s always in the right spot, he has incredible body movements when it comes to not telegraphing routes, and he just finds a way to get open all the time. So, he’s continued where he left off last year and had a phenomenal camp.” It looks like Abbrederis will have the chance to be a big time NFL player in the same state he was a star in college.Andrew Mertig is a a lifelong Packers fan and draft enthusiast. He has covered the NFL draft for radio and television stations in Green Bay. He is currently a host of the Pack-A-Day podcast and a writer for PackersTalk.com. You can follow him on Twitter @andrewmertig