Green Bay Packers: What to think of Jared Abbrederis’ concussion


The pick every Wisconsinite loved.

With the 176th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft the Green Bay Packers selected wide receiver Jared Abbrederis out of the University of Wisconsin. The selection marked a dream come true for Abbrederis who grew up in Wautoma, Wisconsin and actually walked onto the football team in Madison. Abbrederis developed from a scout quarterback to a 1,000+ yard receiver in college and was one of Wisconsin’s featured players the last three seasons of his career. It had to be a dream come true hearing hearing his name called not only by a professional football team, but by the Green Bay Packers growing up in northern Wisconsin and having a shot to again represent his home state.

Things have gone down hill in a hurry since being drafted for Abbrederis as he, yet again, is sidelined from an injury this time a concussion occurring the first day of training camp on Thursday. He was sidelined all of last season from tearing his ACL in training camp, so this season he had much to prove. Especially with the talent Green Bay has now brought in and developed at the wide receiver position.

Oct 12, 2013; Madison, WI, USA; Wisconsin Badgers wide receiver Jared Abbrederis (4) during the game against the Northwestern Wildcats at Camp Randall Stadium. Wisconsin won 35-6. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

At this point last year, Green Bay had a lot of question marks at wide receiver. Although Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb headed Green Bay’s impressive air attack on offense the depth behind them was questionable at best. 2014 saw second round pick, Davante Adams take the third spot away from Jarrett Boykin and emerge as viable threat along side Nelson and Cobb. Then, seventh round pick Jeff Janis turned some heads in training camp and the preseason last year and has turned into someone who may be a threat for Abbrederis’ chances of making the team or dressing in games this season.

Along with those two blossoming last season, the Packers drafted all purpose player Ty Montgomery, who was a second team all american last season at Stanford, in the third round of this years draft. Montgomery was also heavily involved with the special teams in college and so he can be used for kick returns as well.

With there being no time table for Abbrederis to be back on the field right now, his chances of taking the field in the regular season certainty do not look very good this season. Which is unfortunate given the amount of potential he has.

Think about it, while at Wisconsin, Abbrederis was a featured receiver for three seasons, one of those seasons was with a note worthy quarterback, being 2011 with Russell Wilson. The other two seasons, Abbrederis still put up very well respected numbers despite mediocrity at the quarterback position.

It’s a wonder what he could do with Aaron Rodgers.

Even in the limited amount of time Abbrederis has been on the practice field for the Packers he has impressed the coaching staff and this video below is evidence of that. Watch number #84 beat the corner in one on one coverage both times.

It is a shame that injuries might dampen this kids playing career in Green Bay with his pure ability and talent level. An ability still very raw that could be harnessed by the prolific Green Bay coaching staff in developing this kid into one of the better slot receivers in the game. Yes, his ceiling is that high.

What concerns me was the report coming out by Micheal Cohen of the Journal Sentinel reporting that this is at least the third time Abbrederis has had concussion issues citing two specific instances in college. May NFL scouts are also talking that there may have been three or four concussion problems for Abbrederis coming into the NFL.

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This is certainly a huge blow to Abbrederis in his potential to become an established player in Green Bay. It’s sad that the injuries may be the deciding factor of Abbrederis’ career as a Packer but if you are the organization what do you do when you have other talents who are prospering?

The clock is ticking and unfortunately so is Abbrederis’ career in Green Bay.

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