Green Bay Packers 2016 position preview: Wide receivers
By Dan Dahlke
Good Bets: Davante Adams (6-1, 215), Ty Montgomery (6-0, 216)
Like Cobb, Adams’ 2015 season was also defined by several nagging injuries.
From his ankle sprain in Week 3 against Kansas City to a MCL sprain in the first round of the playoffs that sidelined him for the Packers playoff loss against Arizona, Adams never quite found his footing in his second year.
After showing so much promise near the end of his rookie campaign, expectations were high for Adams going into the 2015 season. However, this never materialized for him, and now the former Fresno State standout enters his third season with plenty to prove.
First, he needs to show he’s healthy and possesses the same burst and explosion he showcased as a rookie. The Packers could use a physical perimeter wide receiver to line opposite Nelson in their three-wide receiver sets.
Hopefully, Adams will prove to be this guy. However, he will face some competition from second-year man Ty Montgomery and wildcard fan-favorite Jeff Janis.
In 2015, Adams only had one catch over 40 yards and six over 20 yards. He needs to prove he’s a bigger downfield threat than these numbers demonstrate. Hopefully, entering camp this summer healthy will help.
Montgomery is another player at the position who showed promise early on but has been derailed by injury in his young career.
After starting three out of six games last season, Montgomery’s year was over when he suffered a high ankle sprain mid-October and then later placed on IR in December after he re-aggravated it during practice.
When healthy, Montgomery could be a huge asset to the Packers offense. He gives them another wideout other than Cobb who can be used as a utility player. He can line up in the slot, on the perimeter, or in the backfield, not to mention he’s also an explosive kick returner.
His potential to make plays in space and cause mismatches for defense is exciting, but he has to get healthy first.
The team still hasn’t been clear on whether or not Montgomery will be ready at the start of training camp. Hopefully, he’s ready to go for the preseason and works his way into the lineup.
Given the chance, he could push Adams for playing time, and in the very least, round out the Packers four-wide receiver set.
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