There are many who feel the Green Bay Packers will keep six wide receivers – maybe even seven – but that might seem unlikely unless they shed a tight end or two.
But as the Packers head to training camp in 10 days one of the more interesting battles on the offensive side of the ball will be at wide receiver.
Unless the position is hit by a string of injuries, we all know that the top five on the depth charts are going to be Greg Jennings, Jordy Nelson, James Jones, Randall Cobb and Donald Driver. If the Packers keep six on the 53-man roster, that would mean that final slot will come down to Diondre Borel or Tori Gurley. The Packers seem high on both of them as they were inked to contracts late last season, giving them pay raises and keeping them from bolting to other teams.
But the rubber hits the road at the end of this month as players report to the 2012 training camp and the competition – stiff competition at wide receiver – gets under way.
Aaron Rodgers was uncharacteristically quoted about a month ago in giving a nod of endorsement to Borel, but we’ve also see what Gurley can do based on his playing time in preseason last year. Throw Shaky Smithson into the mix and there’s another layer of competition. Smithson was a special teams standout last year and was kept around for that reason. Who’s to say he won’t come from the shadows to claim a spot because of his abilities with the special teamers.
Either way, this will be one of the most interesting competitions and one many will be watching. It could come down to a dropped ball here, a wrong route run there as to who gets cut and who makes the team.
This is what training camp is all about. In addition to the competition that will be occurring on the defensive side of the ball – at just about every position – wide receiver battles are going to be turning heads.
Personally, I can’t wait to watch.