Predicting the Green Bay Packers’ wide receiver depth chart for 2019.
In an offseason full of change for the Green Bay Packers, one position has remained mostly the same — wide receiver.
After using three draft picks at the position an offseason ago, the Packers are confident that they have enough depth with their young receivers on the roster.
Let’s take a look at how the depth chart could look in Week 1:
- Davante Adams
- Geronimo Allison
- Marquez Valdes-Scantling
- Equanimeous St. Brown
- J’Mon Moore
- Trevor Davis (kick/punt returner)
Davante Adams is coming off a career year in 2018, hitting 1,000 yards for the first time and also making it three straight seasons with double-digit touchdowns.
With the best release off the line of any wide receiver in football and dominant in the red zone, Adams is set for another big year as Green Bay’s leading receiver.
There will be competition for the number two spot throughout the summer, but Geronimo Allison is in pole position, and I expect him to win a starting job alongside Adams. When healthy last year, Allison proved he’s more than capable of stepping up into a bigger role on offense.
Allison may have only played five games in 2018 due to injury, but he started four of them and set a career-best in receiving yards and matched his best season total of two touchdowns. All in just five games.
Allison has Aaron Rodgers‘ trust, and as the Packers adjust to a new offensive scheme, he’ll need to rely on his most experienced pass catchers.
Either MVS or EQ could win the number three spot, and in all likelihood it won’t matter all that much as both players are going to be important for this offense in 2019. Both players have a ton of potential, but Marquez Valdes-Scantling gets the edge as he was more consistent than Equanimeous St. Brown last season.
MVS finished with 581 yards and two touchdowns compared to EQ’s 328 yards and zero touchdowns. Valdes-Scantling also had at least 40 receiving yards in seven games (with two 100-yard games), compared to three games for St. Brown (no 100-yard games).
It’s important not to just focus on the box score, and the fact is both MVS and EQ need to be more consistent in year two. But both players have the potential to help this offense dominate in 2019.
Of the Packers’ three 2018 draft picks at the position, J’Mon Moore has the most to prove. With just two catches for 15 yards in 12 games (Jake Kumerow had eight for 103 and a touchdown in just five games), this is based on potential.
Green Bay spent a fourth-round pick on Moore last year, and the hope is that with a full offseason and a new scheme, he’ll step up in his second season.
Trevor Davis only has eight career receptions in three seasons, but assuming he’s healthy, he’s the top choice to return kicks and punts.
In his career, Davis is averaging 12.1 yards per punt return and 22.6 yards per kick return. He also returned a kickoff for a touchdown in 2017. With Davis’ speed, he has the ability to make defenders miss and set the Packers up in good field position.