What Should the Packers Do With Chastin West?

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.

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  • Tarynfor 12

    It would seem and perhaps merited to a degree and not the ninth,that Chastin West has earned some above average kudos for his limited play time with the assistance of one named Flynn,who by tossing a perfect pass had many a Packer fan jumping with glee and anoiting him a keeper…not so fast.

    It’s a truth that cannot be denied by any,the Packers do have the best and deepest WR group in the NFL.Which is also a detriment for us and the benefit of others.

    Does he replace Swain,perhaps if being a #6 WR is all he needs to do but,can he replace Swain on SPTs? IDK and honestly I don’t think anyone knows as just as Swain is unable to participate due to injury at WR,it appears West is as invisible on SPTs without the benefit of injury to justify it being so.

    Keeping West merely for a catch now and then would be unwise at the expense of a SPT contributed period.Though that spot seems more unlikely to be retained by Swain,there are others worthy of it that will place West on the PS or elsewhere being the higher probability.

    As to letting him run with the 1′s against the Colts is useless as the Colts approach to pre-season is to not show up and/or dare to even show a hint of real play is/would be sacrilegious to that mantra it has glorified the last…decade.

  • Evan Dog

    Cut Brett Swain and add Chastin West. Easy.

    • http://lombardiave.com apackphan

      Evan, I agree. Swain has been hurt anyway and may even be one of the early cuts this week unless he can get back on the field.