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Undrafted Free Agent Wide Receivers Impress Rodgers

This week ESPN Milwaukee’s Jason Wilde conducted an interview with Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

During the latter portion, Wilde asked Rodgers if there have been any young guys that had caught his eye.

Rodgers’ response was a bit surprising.

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It might be expected that he would answer with names like Eddie Lacy or Datone Jones, maybe even Johnathan Franklin.  But instead he talked about some of the young undrafted free agent wide receivers, Myles White and Tyrone Walker.

Rodgers told Wilde, “I think two guys who have benefitted maybe the most from this spring are [undrafted rookie wide receivers] Myles White and Tyrone Walker. I think both those guys have made a lot of plays for us. And with our two seventh-round picks at wide receiver [Kevin Dorsey and Charles Johnson] missing most of the OTAs, those guys have stepped up and done some great things.”

If there is anyone outside the coaching staff who would have their finger on the pulse of the wide receiver group you would think it would be Rodgers. He compared Walker to Antonio Chatman, a guy who played for the Packers from 2003-05 and caught 49 passes and four touchdowns his last season in Green Bay. Like Chatman, Walker is said to be a good route runner, solid in and out his breaks.

As for White, Rodgers talked about the young wide receiver’s desire to be great. White a 6-1, 185-pound pass-catcher from Louisiana Tech, is fast. He ran a 4.42 in the 40-yard dash at his pro day and claims his fastest is a 4.30. Like Jordy Nelson, White could stretch the defense.

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For the first time in several years there are multiple spots at the wide receiver position up for grabs. With Donald Driver’s retirement and Greg Jennings signing with Minnesota, logically it would seem like there are at least two spots open. Competition is expected be fierce. In addition to White and Walker, seventh round draft picks Dorsey and Johnson will battle hard for a roster spot, as will two guys from the 2012 team, Jeremy Ross and Jarrett Boykin.

Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy often talks about the need for internal competition. The openings at the wide receiver position will be hotly-contested.

I would expect the Packers to keep at least five guys at that spot, maybe six, depending on special teams skills.

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Of course I am no Aaron Rodgers, but I expect the receivers to look like this at the break of camp: Randall Cobb, James Jones, Jordy Nelson, Jarrett Boykin, Jeremy Ross and my flyer is Charles Johnson.

Packers Nation, how do you think the Green Bay wide receiver corps will look at the break of camp?

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  • Kevin

    Brock Landers likes little boys.

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  • JaKa

    R Cobb is a lock in, and J Jones from past playing time was on the way up, along with J Nelson, the two have been pushing for promotions, if there would be such a thing in a Mike McCarthy offense. With talk indicating some real barn burners in the bunch I think one of the seasoned veterans could be in for a demotion, which would be less playing time than the other, and you can be sure there will be at least one big surprise, being one of the new kids coming on like a bolt of greased lighting with hands. It sounds like if things took shape in a way that went the way of the fastest of the crew, the Pack could pretty easy come out with the fastest bunch in the NFL this year. They do have a good chance of having that scenario taking form.
    It’s a funny thing, but I’m least excited about these receivers than most other changing elements of this team, this year. I think that’s from being spoiled for so long with the show the Packers offense had been putting on every year. It’s like the Lofton Jefferson combo, plus one since ol’ what’s his name, Favre started with the team the talent level of the receiving corps has been so outstanding, we are spoiled from the play this team has kept such a level, it’s hard to believe it. And to think TT & MM are still so young, we could see another 20 years of this.

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