Packers: Predicting Week 1 starters at each position

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Wide receivers: Davante Adams, Randall Cobb, Geronimo Allison

Welcome to a world without Jordy Nelson catching passes from Aaron Rodgers. The Packers’ starting three receivers will be Davante Adams, Randall Cobb and Geronimo Allison.

Adams has deserved a full-time promotion to the number one spot on the depth chart. He’s been outstanding the past two seasons, catching 22 touchdown passes in that time. With a healthy Rodgers, Adams should have no trouble hitting 1,000 yards again, and he’ll have a great chance to post double-digit touchdowns for the third consecutive season.

Cobb is the team’s premier receiver in the slot, and should see a small increase in targets now that Nelson is gone. Cobb had 66 catches for 653 yards and four touchdowns last year, which isn’t bad considering Rodgers missed half the season. I expect Cobb to push closer to 1,000 yards this year, even if he doesn’t quite reach the milestone.

Predicting who will start on the outside opposite Adams isn’t easy, but the edge goes to Allison. I think two players are in serious contention to start as the third receiver in Week 1: Allison and fourth-round pick J’Mon Moore.

Allison has the experience, so he’ll get the start Week 1, but it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Moore in this spot.