Analyzing the Packer’s Wide Receiver Group

When the Green Bay Packers were on the clock with pick 44, the early run on wide receivers had just begun. Ole Miss receivers A.J. Brown and D.K. Metcalf, whom many considered the best in the class, were available and ripe for the picking. With Randall Cobb going to the Cowboys, a slot man appeared to be a logical choice for the Green and Gold. Instead, the Packers selected offensive lineman Elgton Jenkins and disregarded the wide receiver position completely.

Despite losing Cobb in free agency, the Packers are evidently comfortable with the receivers group in house. Despite the lack of experience beyond star Davante Adams, the rest of the group is filled to the brim with potential. Gutekunst spent three picks on the position in 2018 and will give these young men the chance to prove themselves.

Alvis Whitted’s group will be one of the most enthralling position battles to follow come training camp (July 25th). What can we expect from this group, and who will make the roster on Green Bay’s Top Receiver competition?

WR 1 aka Davante Adams tier:
Davante Adams is the star skill player of this offense. No player on the Packers offense has been as consistent as the man out of Fresno State the last two seasons. Adams is finally getting the recognition he’s rightfully earned from the national audience as a top-five wide receiver in the league. Adams has the psychic connection with Rodgers, the dexterity to catch the ball wherever it ends up, and he burns defenders like an angry Targaryen. Adams is the clear number one.

Making the roster and playing significant snaps:
Geronimo Allison: With the myriad of problems the Packers offense had in 2018, it’s easy to forget how much of an impact the loss of Allison had. Allison was on pace for a phenomenal season before injuries prematurely ended his run. Geronimo isn’t as physically gifted as the names succeeding him on this list, but he’s paid the iron price to get where he is through effort and creating that vital trust with Aaron Rodgers. It’s unlikely he isn’t WR2 to start the season.

Equanimeous St. Brown: I adamantly believe EQ was a steal in the sixth round. He’s a prime physical specimen with a jaw-dropping size/speed combination, and it’s likely he would have gone much higher in the draft had he stayed for his senior year. EQ improved every week and was crucial in the Week 16 tilt against the Jets. If his raw talent can be honed, he has the highest ceiling of the 2018 receivers and could challenge for WR2 by mid-season.

Marquez Valdes-Scantling: MVS has the potential to be a true deep threat. Like the previous #83, he possesses elite speed and athleticism. Unlike the last wearer of the number, he has the technical skills and potential to be more than a one trick pony. Like all rookies, he took his lumps, and he did fade by the season’s end, but MVS can develop into an important part of this offense.

More than likely making the roster:
J’Mon Moore: The first selected of 2018’s three receivers, Moore had the roughest rookie season. Moore caught only two passes on three targets for the season and struggled with drops and seizing opportunities. However, Moore has the gifts to succeed and would hardly be the first rookie wideout to struggle in his rookie season. A new offensive system and coaching staff could be the perfect new start for the promising talent.

Trevor Davis: Despite having breakneck speed, Davis has yet to develop into a quality wide receiver. Yet when out with injury, Packers fans saw how special teams fared without him as a returner. Punt and kick returns have been a bane for Green Bay, and currently, no one else seems up to the task. Special teams is Davis’s path to the roster until proven otherwise.

Fringe:
Jake Kumerow: Whitewater Jesus is the latest folk hero on the Packers roster. With luscious locks, a delightful preseason, and support from his quarterback, it’s easy to see why Kumerow is so popular. But he’s 27 and has yet to truly break into the NFL. Green Bay’s other receivers are younger and posses higher upside. Should the Packers keep seven wide receivers, Kumerow is the likely option, but his roster spot is far from guaranteed.

Jawill Davis: The Packers claimed the former Giant after the draft, for whom he was utilized as a return specialist. The former UDFA had 89 punt return yards and 171 kick return yards. He was likely brought in to compete with Trevor Davis as the primary return specialist, and that seems like his most likely path to the roster.

Allen Lazard: Lazard was signed in late 2018 when injuries decimated the Packers receiver group. Lazard hauled in a seven-yard catch against the Lions in the season finale. Lazard is still a relative unknown at this point, but the former first-team All-Big 12 player should fight for one of the last roster spots.

Other:
Teo Redding, Darrius Shepherd.

Matt Hendershott is a Packers fan and Miller High Life enthusiast from Northwest Ohio. He has a Master of Arts in Media and Communication from Bowling Green State University. You can follow him on Twitter @MattHendershott.
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