Jared Abbrederis is the 3rd Wide Receiver

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
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11 thoughts on “Jared Abbrederis is the 3rd Wide Receiver

  1. I totally agree with Abby as the third wide receiver. The only problem for Abby is staying healthy and I believe he’s working at it. Putting on a few pounds of more muscle couldn’t hurt either.With Rodgers in his corner he could very well line up across the field from Jordy and I personally would love to see it.GO PACK GO!!! GO ABBY GO!!!

    1. I’ve been extremely impressed by his training camp so far (and this is coming from a pretty serious doubter coming into the season).

    2. Just ask Russell Wilson how good of a receiver Abbrederis was at Wisconsin. I’m pretty sure he set receiving records there and was Russell’s go to guy!!

      1. I thought that he had bulked up but thank you anyway. He just needs to stay healthy but that goes for everyone. Driver was a seventh round pick and look how he turned out.I was at training camp his rookie season and knew he was a the steal of the draft. GO PACK GO!!!

  2. Drives me nuts that Adams has been Adams of 2015 again so I was happy as hell Montgomery is back on the field and Abby has been what we all knew he could be, a pretty damn good WR. Personally I think the extra muscle he put on this year has helped. Abby could play outside but would be best in the slot and the same could be said for Montgomery. With Cobb already being one of the best Slot WR in the game Abby needs to really step up and show he can beat his guy consistent outside. Hopefully McCarthy adds some twists, much like the Steelers or Seachickens run with lots of bunch routes. No matter I love what Abby is doing and could see him catching 50 balls or so this year if healthy easily.

    Montgomery is from Stanford and is bright as hell. I don’t think he’s really that far behind, I just think he needs some Reps to start building off what he started last year. They BOTH have to stay healthy though cuz it sure seems Adams is just not getting it. At least it’s early in his career and time to turn it around.

  3. Drives me nuts that Adams has been Adams of 2015 again so I was happy as hell Montgomery is back on the field and Abby has been what we all knew he could be, a pretty damn good WR. Personally I think the extra muscle he put on this year has helped. Abby could play outside but would be best in the slot and the same could be said for Montgomery. With Cobb already being one of the best Slot WR in the game Abby needs to really step up and show he can beat his guy consistent outside. Hopefully McCarthy adds some twists, much like the Steelers or Seachickens run with lots of bunch routes. No matter I love what Abby is doing and could see him catching 50 balls or so this year if healthy easily.

    Montgomery is from Stanford and is bright as hell. I don’t think he’s really that far behind, I just think he needs some Reps to start building off what he started last year. They BOTH have to stay healthy though cuz it sure seems Adams is just not getting it. At least it’s early in his career and time to turn it around.

    1. Montgomery was drafted as a punt and kickoff returner and will fill in for Janis until he’s ready to come back from the broken bones in his finger. I really liked what I’ve seen from Ty it’s just that his season was cut short. It’s nice to have players with the versatility to showcase their abilities in more then just one role.

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