Green Bay Packers 2015 season grades: Wide receivers
Wide receiver was believed to be one of the strongest units on the roster entering the season, but for many reasons it proved to be one of the weakest.
Injuries played a part. Nelson’s absence hurt, as did Montgomery’s. Cobb played through a shoulder injury for the first half of the season and Adams wasn’t fully healthy for much of the year.
The biggest problem was that the Packers missed a true No. 1 receiver. Cobb is a playmaker, but he was unable to perform at his best without a threat on the boundary. Nelson’s return will help, but the Packers need to ensure it doesn’t all rest on his shoulders.
There’s no guarantee Nelson returns to his best, and even if he does, at 31-years-old a long term replacement needs to be thought about. Maybe it’s Montgomery, Adams or even Janis. Maybe it’s a future draft pick. Whoever it is, the Packers need to find production on the outside.
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With a true No. 1 receiver, there’s no reason why the passing game can’t get back on track. If Nelson is healthy, all of the other wideouts will benefit. Hopefully the 2015 season was an anomaly for the Packers’ wide receivers, not a glimpse into the future.