After losing both James Jones and Randall Cobb in the first half of their game against the Baltimore Ravens, the Green Bay Packers were left with only two receivers to finish the game. While they did manage to hold off the Ravens in the second half, it is difficult to imagine the Packers can keep winning with these two key players hurt.
A report done by Mike Spofford of packers.com, says receiver James Jones “may have a chance” to play this week against Cleveland, but Randall Cobb is expected to miss multiple weeks, and has no exact timetable for a return. When the Packers decided to continue the season with only four receivers on their active roster after cutting Jeremy Ross, many fans were concerned that this was too few. Sunday’s injuries proved it to be too few.
With only Jordy Nelson and Jarrett Boykin guaranteed to play this Sunday, and James Jones’s situation unsure, the logical move seemed to be signing a receiver. On Tuesday, packers.com reported that the Packers did just that, signing both rookie receiver Myles White out of Louisiana Tech, and rookie tight end Jake Stoneburner out of Ohio State. To make these moves final, the Packers had to place Cobb on injured reserve-return, and guard/center Greg Van Roten on injured reserve.
Jake Stoneburner should be interesting to see play, if he can get some playing time. At Ohio State, Stoneburner was a tight end who arguably played more like a receiver than a tight end, which is something the Packers have valued in Jermichael Finley. While this may be true, Stoneburner is still listed as a tight end, which makes him the fifth tight end on the Packers active roster.
Will Myles White be able to step up and fill the vacant role that Cobb left?
Tune in on Sunday at 3:25 CDT, as the Packers host the Browns, to find out.