The Green Bay Packers’ competition at wide receiver will be something to watch closely at training camp.
The Packers may have decided not to add any wide receivers to the roster in free agency or in April’s draft, but there will be competition for places on the 53-man roster at training camp.
Four receivers almost certainly have a position on the roster secure: Davante Adams, Geronimo Allison, Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Equanimeous St. Brown. But after that, there could be two positions on the roster available.
J’Mon Moore was a fourth-round pick a year ago, so it would be a big decision to not bring him back after just one season. He has the potential to make a second-year jump, but the Packers will need to see improvements from Moore at training camp.
Packers wide receivers coach Alvis Whitted said in May that Moore is a “very talented individual and he’s going to do some great things for us”. Not only could Moore make the roster, but he can make an impact in Matt LaFleur’s offense.
Jake Kumerow impressed throughout training camp and the preseason a year ago, but a shoulder injury in August meant he missed over half the season on injured reserve. Kumerow lost momentum but he did have a great performance in Week 16 against the Jets.
Aaron Rodgers had high praise for Kumerow.
“He is an extremely intelligent guy, who’s in the right place at the right time,” Rodgers said earlier this week. “He makes contested catches, he makes the plays that are there, and he does the little things.”
Kumerow will be very much in the mix to make the 53-man roster if he continues to make plays at training camp.
Another player to watch is Trevor Davis. Davis is yet to make significant impact in the Packers’ offense but has been the team’s best returner for a while. But that could be set to change in a new offense.
Matt LaFleur has been impressed with Davis so far this summer. Here’s what LaFleur had to say, according to Wes Hodkiewicz of Packers.com:
"“I’ve been really impressed with him. I feel like he’s come a long way. The effort and the intensity level with which he practices has certainly improved.”"
LaFleur’s offense is different to Mike McCarthy’s, of course, so it’s absolutely possible Davis could find a role this season.
Competition is good, and the Packers have depth at wide receiver.
With players stepping up and playing well, the competition for roster spots at wide receiver will be one of the most interesting to watch when training camp gets underway.