Packers preseason 2017: Which wide receivers stay, who gets the boot

DETROIT, MI - JANUARY 1: Jeff Janis /
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GREEN BAY, WI – AUGUST 10: Max McCaffrey
GREEN BAY, WI – AUGUST 10: Max McCaffrey /

Max McCaffrey

As one of the standouts of training camp, McCaffrey is making a rock-solid case for himself to be a member of the final 53 due in large part to his surehandedness.

But sticky hands aren’t the only attribute the second-generation NFL pro offers.

McCaffrey has made a habit of getting open on deep balls from OTAs all the way through training camp along with dispalying proficiency in his reps as a special-teams return man.

Another trait that has allowed the 6-foot-2 wideout to distinguish himself is his ability to work the middle and find open spaces on plays where his quarterback is scrambling for his life.

This last strength is what led to a 34-yard completion versus the Eagles in which Joe Callahan found himself trying to elude the rush and found an open McCaffrey, who skillfully re-routed his course by identifying an open alley to run through. In total, the one-time Duke Blue Devil caught three balls for 60 yards.

McCaffrey is yet another Packers’ undrafted free-agent success story that combines sharp instincts, size, route-running prowess and the aforementioned hands to thrive in an Aaron Rodgers-led offense.

Don’t look now, but the Colorado-born underdog could be the player the team was hoping to get when they drafted the injury-riddled Jared Abbrederis in the fifth round of the 2014 draft.

No. 13 has a legitimate shot to be in uniform for the season opener against the Seahawks.

Odds of making the squad: 65 percent