Packers Position Profiles packers Receivers and Tightends There is a changing of the guard taking place at the wide receiver
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With Driver and Jennings out of the picture, bigger roles are expected from James Jones, Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb. Jones has taken to the national media saying he’s ready to become the Packers No. 1 receiver after leading the NFL with 14 touchdown catches last season. Nelson should be his same solid self if he avoids the hamstring woes that plagued him last season. The big question with Cobb is whether the Packers relieve him of his return duties in order to concentrate on offense, as well as to avoid potential injury.
position in Green Bay. First Donald Driver retired this past February, bringing to an end a 14-year career in professional football, every single one of them spent with the Packers. His production waned his final season in Green Bay, but his charisma will be missed. There’s an outside chance the Packers could bring Driver back if they happen to suffer a rash of injuries at the position. Also gone is three-time Pro Bowler Greg Jennings who joined the Minnesota Vikings as a free agent. The Packers simply couldn’t match the five-year deal offered by the Vikings for a productive but injury-prone player over the past few seasons.
Through two seasons with the Packers, D.J. Williams has contributed surprisingly little. He came out of Arkansas as a highly regarded receiving tight end, but it has yet to translate to the NFL. His lack height doesn’t help. If Williams doesn’t take a big leap forward in 2013, he probably never will. There will be a spot for Ryan Taylor on the roster as long as he remains one of their special teams standouts, but like Williams, he has added little on offense. 92 | Cheesehead TV 2013 Draft Preview
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He’s ultra-talented, but he’s also inconsistent and, at times, a distraction from a media standpoint. After losing Greg Jennings and Tom Crabtree to free agency during the offseason, however, the Packers couldn’t afford to part ways with another receiving target. Finley will be back for another season, but his future is still uncertain as he only has one year remaining on his contract. Whether he’s back beyond 2013 might depend upon how well he does this season. With Crabtree gone, there’s an opportunity for Andrew Quarless to become the team’s top blocking tight end once again. He held that title early in 2011, but a gruesome knee injury derailed the end of that season and all of 2012.
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Jermichael Finley has been a lightning rod of attention in Green Bay.
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