Packers' Offensive Position Battles

Cobb and Driver will battle for the slot receiver spot.

Dec 18, 2011; Kansas City, MO, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driver (80) is congratulated by wide receiver Randall Cobb (18) after catching a touchdown pass against the Kansas City Chiefs in the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. Kansas City won the game 19-14. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-US PRESSWIRE

A couple of weeks ago, we looked at the defensive position battles for the Packers.

Today, we take a look at the Packers’ offensive position battles.

Number 3 Receiver

After last season, Jordy Nelson earned the number two spot on the depth chart at receiver behind Greg Jennings. Now, Randall Cobb, James Jones, and Donald Driver will battle for the third spot on the depth chart at receiver. Cobb provides the biggest speed threat for the Packers in the slot as he could make great route cuts and blow by slower cornerbacks and safeties. Donald Driver is the reliable veteran who konws how to get the job done while James Jones has been the number three guy in the past but he is going to have to do a lot to avoid falling to fifth on the depth chart. Jones will probably be in the five spot as Driver and Cobb will be the final two battling out for the third spot on the receiver depth chart. Driver’s experience will allow him to beat out Cobb as Driver is still a well-rounded receiver.

Saine will have the chance to backup Starks

Dec 11, 2011; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers running back Brandon Saine (33) rushes with the football as guard T.J. Lang (70) blocks during the first quarter at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE

Backup Running Back

James Starks is now the full-time starter at running back for the Packers but Starks will need the occassional breather and there will be a battle to be his backup between Brandon Saine, Alex Green, and Marc Tyler.

Green is the longshot in this battle as a disappointing training camp could lead him to being released. Undrafted free agent running back Marc Tyler could be a steal as the former USC tailback has all the basics that any solid NFL running back needs. Saine is the favorite as he was third on the depth chart last year and he is a more polished player.

Saine and Tyler will have a great battle but the veteran Saine will win the spot. Tyler could surprise and impress in camp for the Packers. The one thing that could change this battle is if the Packers sign Cedric Benson as Saine and Tyler could be in a spot where they are battling to make the roster.

Andrew Quarless could face a battle for the number two tightend spot

Nov 20, 2011; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers tight end Andrew Quarless (81) during the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Lambeau Field. The Packers defeated the Buccaneers 35-26. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE

Second tight end

Jermichael Finley has the starting spot at tight end but behind him there could be a very long battle between Andrew Quarless and rookie D.J. Williams. This could be a surprising battle to most but I think it is realistic. Williams was a steal in the late rounds of the draft as I think he has the potential to be better than even Jermichael Finley when Finley’s contract runs out. Williams was a very effective tight end at Arkansas when they had a very good quarterback in Tyler Wilson. Williams’ game transfers well to the Packers but Andrew Quarless has done well for the Packers and will stay the tight end for the Packers. Williams’s presence could put Tom Crabtree in danger of being cut.

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  • BubbaOne

    As the judge asked Joe Pesci in “My Cousin Vinny”….”Are you on drugs?”
    Alex Green isn’t going anywhere. By mid season he could even be the featured back. MM had game planned for him in the game he got hurt. MM has spoke highly of Green’s rehab. You don’t cut a 3rd round pick w/ his talent in the player’s 2nd year.
    Also, unless a miracle happens Quarless will start the season on the PUP list, meaning he’s not eligible until the 6th game of the year. So no battle between him and Williams, it may be between DJ and Taylor.
    TT/MM like to keep the best 53 which has led to some unbalanced rosters i.e. 3 FB’s, 5 TE’s, and the year when they played a 4-3 and kept 10 DL. It’s early but I agree Crabtree could be a final cut esp if DJ and Taylor step up and TT/MM want to keep an extra player at another position.