Wide receivers (7)
Jake Kumerow deserves a spot on the 53-man roster. It’s really as simple as that.
Of the wide receivers not named Davante Adams, Randall Cobb and Geronimo Allison (who are all roster locks), Kumerow has been far and away the most consistent. He played well again last week, catching three passes for a team-high 114 yards and a touchdown, including an impressive 82-yard score.
The three rookies on the roster — Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Equanimeous St. Brown and J’Mon Moore — have all been inconsistent. Valdes-Scantling impressed in the preseason opener, but had just one catch for 15 yards against Pittsburgh. Drops have been an issue for Moore.
Still, I have all three rookies making the roster. Trevor Davis and DeAngelo Yancey both miss out.
Tight ends (3)
Last week’s game was all about the tight ends. Jimmy Graham caught his only pass on the opening drive for an eight-yard touchdown. It’s clear he already has a connection with Aaron Rodgers.
Marcedes Lewis and Lance Kendricks give the Packers two experienced players at the position. Lewis’ ability as a blocker will be important this season.
Emanuel Byrd and Robert Tonyan impressed against the Steelers, but they miss out on the roster. There are still two preseason games for both players to “stack success”, in the words of Mike McCarthy, and make a strong case for a roster spot.
For now, the trio of Graham, Lewis and Kendricks is my pick.