Packers.com is examining the Packers’ roster, position by position. In the third installment, we look at the receivers.
GREEN BAY—One of the most talented receiving corps in the NFL could undergo change in this offseason.
Donald Driver has retired and a Packers receiving corps that re-wrote the team record book in 2011 is set to lose the man who made the defining play of the Packers’ Super Bowl XLV win.
Meanwhile, the future of tight end
Yet, the Packers’ receiving corps would seem to be so deep with talent that it could weather the storm of such losses and still give quarterback
Cobb led the Packers with 80 receptions for 954 yards and eight touchdowns. He was used in a creative role that included him as a running back that carried 10 times for 132 yards. His role in 2013 is likely to be expanded to produce more catches, rushes, yards and touchdowns.
Nagging injuries cost Jennings the worst season of his seven-year career. He was held to personal lows in receptions (36), yards receiving (366), games played and games started.
An ankle injury cost
Finley was resurgent in the second half of the season and that’s what will likely weigh heaviest on the Packers as they decide the tight end’s future with the team. He finished the season with 61 catches for 661 yards and two touchdowns, and was praised for his dedication in the second half of the season by Head Coach Mike McCarthy.
Cobb, Jones and Nelson offer an obvious core of pass-catchers on which the Packers can build. Will Finley re-join that trio? What about young but unproven wide receivers such as
Behind Finley at tight end is
Much is expected from third-year man
If there is one area in which Packers receivers must improve in 2013, it’s in a return to producing big plays. Last year, the Packers averaged a pedestrian 11.6 yards per reception, as the deep ball all but vanished from the Packers’ attack. Much of the blame, however, can be assigned to a sluggish running game that allowed opposing defenses to employ an extra defender in the deep secondary.
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