By Jimmy Riley, Lombardiave
Some of you may be thinking, who the heck is Chastin West?
The second year pro out of Fresno State has been catching some people’s attention in practice, and on Friday against Arizona. Aaron Rodgers has said that he likes Chastin West, and that he has a great work ethic.
As you all know, the Packers have a lot of depth at the wide receiver position (Jennings, Jones, Driver, Nelson, Cobb). Will Ted Thompson keep a sixth receiver, and leave another position a bit thin? The problem is that if Thompson tries to keep West on the practice squad, another team is sure to gobble him up.
Now don’t get me wrong, I know one big preseason game and a good training camp doesn’t mean the guy should be handed a roster spot, but here’s my take on the situation. The team should let West run with the first team this Friday against Indy to see how he does with Rodgers and the rest of the wideouts. Also running with the first team will get him some game experience against some other teams’ first team secondaries instead of the usual second or third team defense he played against this preseason.
Chastin West was on the Packers’ practice squad last year, so he got reps in practice against the Packers’ first team secondary, which happens to be one of the best units in the NFL. I think it would be in the team’s best interest to take an extra long look at West and maybe let him run with the big boys this Friday at Indianapolis.