The Green Bay Packers certainly don’t lack Wide Receiver numbers heading in to the first Mini-Camp and then Training Camp. Head Coach Matt LaFleur, Offensive Coordinator Nathaniel Hackett and Wide Receivers Coach Alvis Whitted will have some interesting choices to make when the Cut Down arrives. One of the most difficult choices will certainly be Trevor Davis, a fast, talented return man, but he has accomplished very little as a WR in his 4 years.
Quite different from Trevor Davis’ situation, we all know where Davante Adams stands in the Packer’s WR Corps, number One! Aaron Rodger’s “Go To” guy as evidenced by his 111 receptions, 1386 yds, and 13 TDs last season. Next in line I would place Geronimo Allison, who was on his way to a breakout season prior to his season ending injury. Beyond those two it will definitely be a heated competition. In 2018 the Packers drafted JMon Moore, 6’3,” in the 4th Round, Marquez Valdez-Scantling, 6’4,” in the 5th Round and Equanimeous St. Brown, 6’5,” in the 6th Round.
Coach Matt LaFleur is excited to see the development in his second year wideouts. When Brian Gutekunst drafted these three young receivers, he was looking for size and speed, in order to stretch the field vertically. Additionally the Packers have fan favorite Jake Kumerow, a very precise route runner who was injured during camp last year, but finished the season on the Active Roster. They added two Return Specialist/Wide Receivers in camp, 2nd year man Jawill Davis, claimed off of Waivers from the Giants, and Darrius Shepherd (signed in May/North Dakota State), both are speedsters. Allen Lazard, 6’5,” Iowa State and Teo Redding 6’1″ were both signed by Packers after spending time with other NFL teams last season.
Adams has seen progress from the second year group. He said, “they are focused, attentive and engrossed in the new offense.” I know there was definitely confusion last season for these receivers, it seemed like they were never sure of themselves and never developed a good rapport with Rodgers. I truly believe it was a case of too much too fast for this group. We know the size, speed and talent is there, now they need to make the next step and become precise with their routes.
So, if you take Adams, Geronimo, MVS, ESB, first, that leaves two maybe three more spots. I would have to round out the group with Moore, Kumerow as #’s five, six and possibly Lazard for number seven. Darrius Shepherd and Jawill Davis would be good Pracice Squad material. Which means Trevor Davis, and Teo Redding would be gone.
Ok, there you have it. My Wide Out group for 2019! I’ll have to wait to see how my choices turn out. In the mean time…………
As Always, Go Pack Go,
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