Where does the receiver group stand entering OTAs?"
September 27, 2019 at 7:45 am #35203
/>Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesAcme Packing Company homepageHorizontal – WhiteAcme Packing Companya Green Bay Packers communityFollow Acme Packing Company online:Follow Acme Packing Company on TwitterFollow Acme Packing Company on FacebookFollow Acme Packing Company on InstagramLog in or sign upLog InSign UpSite searchSearchSearchAcme Packing Company main menuFanpostsFanshotsSectionsPackersOddsAboutMastheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 321 blogs on Horizontal – WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections The APC PodcastPackers Film RoomFantasy Football AdviceCDTThe Green Bay Packers will go into the start of Organized Team Activities next week with a whopping 12 wide receivers on their 90-man roster. Although only one or two players are well and truly guaranteed to have a place on the team when the cut-down to 53 takes place after training camp Dexter Williams Jersey , it is clear now that there are tiers of players at the position that can be separated based on their likelihood of making the team.Today, APC examines the players in play to catch passes from Aaron Rodgers in the coming weeks and sorts them into a few categories.LocksDavante AdamsNot much to discuss here, folks. Adams is a top-five NFL receiver who nearly cracked 1,400 yards a year ago with 13 touchdowns. Still just 26 until Christmas Eve, he’s only going to get better over the next couple of seasons.Geronimo AllisonThe Packers offered Allison a one-year restricted free agent tender this offseason, then locked him up with a one-year contract for a $2.8 total value, exceeding that tender’s number. Before his injury last year, Allison was on pace for over 1,100 yards through four games, and he continues to be overlooked by NFL writers who criticize the Packers’ receiver depth. Beyond that, he appears to be a nice fit for the slot receiver position in Matt LaFleur’s offense.Given that contract and his trust level with Aaron Rodgers, he’s not going anywhere this year.Safe betsMarquez Valdes-ScantlingLast year’s fifth-round draft pick had one of the better years for a Packers rookie receiver in recent memory, thanks to added opportunities after injuries to Allison and Randall Cobb. However, he did much of his damage in a seven-week stretch around midseason and faded noticeably down the stretch as another rookie earned more targets and playing time.Still, the exceptional speed that MVS possesses should be an exciting weapon for Matt LaFleur, who loves to design shot plays for his fastest receivers. That puts MVS squarely in the running for a key role in 2019. The only danger is if he completely falls apart in training camp.Equanimeous St. BrownLike MVS above, St. Brown flashed plenty of ability, using his size and route-running to work his way open for Rodgers. He earned more playing time in the latter stages of the season, and capped off his rookie year with a very impressive five-target, five-reception, 94-yard day against the Jets prior to suffering a concussion. Expect EQ to be a key component of this roster, though he could get passed up if one of the bubble players has an exceptional camp.Bubble playersTrevor DavisEntering the final year of his rookie contract, Davis is essentially a return specialist. He has flashed plenty of ability there, particularly on punt returns, and the Packers don’t have another explosive option on returns — Tramon Williams is reliable but not spectacular, while Jaire Alexander will probably be kept off that job to focus on defense instead. If Davis can provide any semblance of a contribution as a receiver, he could earn a roster spot for his special teams contributions alone.Jake KumerowThrough two preseason games last summer, it looked like Kumerow was well on his way to being the Packers’ #4 receiver. He was catching everything, he seemed to be connecting with Rodgers Vince Biegel Color Rush Jersey , and he made a few big plays in games. Then, he injured his shoulder on a roll into the end zone, costing him the first half of the season. Still, once he returned, Kumerow made a few great plays, including a big 49-yard touchdown in the Packers’ comeback over the Jets. He looks like a great #4 or #5 option who would be willing to pitch in on special teams, and there’s always room for a player like that. He’ll need to beat out at least one of the other bubble players here to get there, though.J’Mon MooreThe highest-drafted of the Packers’ 2018 rookie receivers, Moore’s only notable catch in preseason was hauling in a case of the drops. The route-running skills that made him a fourth-round pick still look good and that could be his ticket onto the team as a #5 — but only if he can catch the ball consistently and show effort on every play.Dark horsesAllen LazardLazard’s 6-foot-5, 227-pound frame makes him seem like a potential big slot option. He’s not bulky enough for now to make a switch to tight end, but he could create similar matchup problems on the inside that a tight end would flexed out off the line of scrimmage. Lazard was a consistent threat for four years at Iowa State, particularly in the red zone, and with a year of NFL experience under his belt he may make some noise in training camp and could take a spot away from one of the bubble players with a good preseason.Darrius ShepherdShepherd provides a combination of qualities that few other players on the roster do: production from the slot plus return ability. He was a slot machine for North Dakota State over the past few years, and contributed on punt returns as well. That makes him a sneaky play to steal away a roster spot from someone like Davis.Long shotsJawill Davis Like Trevor, Jawill Davis is also a return specialist who will need to make his mark on special teams in order to gain any serious traction towards a roster spot. He has great straight-line speed but is not very shifty. Matthew EatonThink of Eaton as like a more agile Geronimo Allison, but with a significantly lower production level in college. Eaton is 6-foot-4 and 209 pounds, and he ran a 4.66-second 40-yard dash at Iowa State’s Pro Day. Allison is 6-foot-3 and 202, and his 40 was 4.67 seconds at the 2016 Combine. Eaton’s got a half-second edge on Allison’s 3-cone time, though, the only major testing difference between the two. However, Eaton — who transferred to Ames from Temple — was always a depth receiver, sitting behind Lazard, Hakeem Butler, and a few other players in the receiving pecking order. As a result, he finished his career with just 49 receptions for 523 yards and six touchdowns, numbers that Allison eclipsed easily.There doesn’t appear to be much room for him here, and a standout performance in camp is probably necessary for him to find a practice squad spot.Teo ReddingThe former Bowling Green Falcon finished last season on the Packers’ practice squad after spending training camp with the Detroit Lions and getting a week’s work on the practice squad in Washington. Redding has the best all-around movement skills in this tier of players, as he’s pretty fast (4.46), pretty explosive (38.5-inch vert https://www.thepackersfanshop.com/Antonio-Morrison-Jersey , 11-foot broad), and agile (6.85 3-cone) but he’s also very lightly built at 6-foot-1 and just 176 pounds. The odds of him making a strong roster push are probably low as a result. Christmas and/or the seasonal holiday of your choice is right around the corner. Santa himself is coming in just under -checks notes- holy cow it’s less than a week. If you’ve been slacking on your shopping, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Check out our (occasionally wildly impractical) Packers gift guide below!Paul Noonan – RIDICULOUS PACKER NONSENSEAs you may or may not know, this question is right in my wheelhouse.And friends, if you really, truly love someone, and that someone is a Packer fan, you need to get them this authentic (apparently, maybe, it has a certificate) Vince Lombardi camel hair topcoat for a cool quarter of a million dollars.But if you can’t afford that, and your friends are still cold, why not hit up the good old Packers Pro Shop for this “Wrestling Robe” instead:It’s on sale! All the class of Ric Flair’s entrance attire combined with your love for the Green and Gold can be had for a song. Vince would have traded up for one of these bad boys in a New York minute.But, if anyone out there has a spare $400 and is looking to get me something, I’ve always longed for this remote control cooler which is ridiculous and awesome. You can use this to pay for it!Evan “Tex” Western – A gift for the canine Packers fan in your lifeWhatever you do this holiday season, don’t forget about man’s best friend. Our social media feed often finds plenty of Packer-supporting pups in it (shout-out to Sir Tibbles Waddlesworth)! Make sure that everyone knows your furry friend supports the Green and Gold as much as you do — and keep him or her stylish at the same time — by outfitting the pup with this dog baseball cap! It even comes in different sizes, so you’re covered whether your buddy is a Maltese or a Mastiff.In more serious people gifting options, the Packers’ 1960s-era logo doesn’t get enough credit, so help bring that back this year. The Packers Pro Shop has myriad options, but my personal favorite is the 戮-sleeve t-shirt found here. Finally, why not get Lambeau Field on your Christmas tree? This is a fun little ornament (complete with Santa and reindeer flying over the stadium) to add a little Packers flair to your tree. Finally, any stylish person needs a bow tie, and Loudmouth Golf has some great green and gold ones. I prefer the “splash” pattern, but the paint splatter is a nice touch as well.Jon Meerdink -G.B. Tecmo Bowl T-ShirtWithout Tecmo Bowl, there would be no Madden. And without this Tecmo Bowl t-shirt, your life is incomplete. Pay homage to the true king of football video games and rep your Packers all at once. Win-win!
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