Randall Cobb was a player who helps ignite the Packers' offense. Raymond T. Rivard photograph

Green Bay Packers WR depth in question

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I guess it takes two well placed hits to turn a position of strength for the Green Bay Packers into a possibly dire circumstance.

It is possible that the Green Bay Packers will be without the services of both WRs James Jones and Randall Cobb for some time.  Cobb’s injury looks to be the most serious but a tweet circulating around Twitter indicated that neither Cobb or Jones’s injuries were as serious as some expected.

But if both receivers are out for any given period, the Packers WR situation looks like Jordy Nelson and Jarrett Boykin. Could Myles White be getting a call from the practice squad?  There is some cold comfort.  Will Packers GM Ted Thompson be considering a trade if Cobb is gone for the season?  That may not be a bad idea, especially if the defense is starting to jell.

The defense put together one of its better efforts with three of its better players on the sidelines in LBs Brad Jones and Clay Matthews and CB Casey Hayward.  Hayward, by the by, has not played a regular season down at this point.  If the defense is starting to come around, I think Thompson should make a concerted effort to bring in a WR that is more than just a warm body to occupy space.

Sacrificing a draft pick next year for a solid WR may be a necessary move for the team.  Who could be out there for Green Bay?  A prudent move would be to look at some of the teams that are likely not in the playoff hunt and looking to rebuild.

I know that some are probably shaking their head and telling me that it is way too early to contemplate this.

Is it?

Football fans discuss personnel moves year-round.  It certainly makes sense to discuss it when a possible need arises.  You could bet that Ron Wolf probably had a list of player targets in his back pocket ready to pull a trigger on a trade at a moment’s notice.

If you were the Packers GM, who would you throw a rope at for WR, if Randall Cobb is out for the season?  Let’s throw out some names to get the conversation started.  Stevie Johnson, Buffalo; Cecil Shorts and Justin Blackmon, Jacksonville; Pierre Garcon, Washington; Mike Williams and Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay.  What about some practice squad players like Tori Gurley on the Browns practice squad?  The pickings among available street free agents appears pretty slim.

It may be premature to consider this but if the worst is realized, the Packers had better start considering the pickup of a more than just serviceable wideout.

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