I know, I know. The Green Bay Packers answered the question about whether they needed another running back when they signed Michael Hill from the practice squad. With all the injury woes the team has been having, especially at running back, some depth would be nice.
But how is this going to affect the receiving corps?
Understandably, the running game has definitely been using the “next man up” mentality. Currently hurting are John Kuhn (hamstring), Eddie Lacy (concussion), James Starks (knee), and Johnathan Franklin (foot). On the plus side, Lacy and Franklin are practicing, but when will this “catch” up to the wideouts?
Jordy Nelson makes some amazing catches, but how long before he gets hurt? Every time he hits the ground after an incredible catch, every Packers fan cringes, just waiting for him to be slow to get up.
What about Randall Cobb? All of the catches he makes are sure to wear him down, and after him being beat up last year, I would be afraid to see what the Packers would do without him.
The Packers also seem to be ready to use him again as a kick returner, further wearing out one of the most valuable assets the offense has.
James Jones I would be less worried about, as he has proven to be decently durable during his tenure. But if Nelson or Cobb go down, what happens to our favorite three-receiver set? Jarrett Boykin seems like he could work, but nothing is a given in the NFL, so to have more receiver depth is needed.
We’ll see running backs come back from injury, but in a passing league (especially when Aaron Rodgers is your quarterback) you must have another option outside.