Packers: Wide receiver competition remains wide open

Green Bay Packers, Amari Rodgers - Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
Green Bay Packers, Amari Rodgers - Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports /

With one preseason game remaining, the Green Bay Packers’ wide receiver competition is going down to the wire.

Will the Green Bay Packers keep six wide receivers? Seven? Even eight?

A lot rests on the final preseason game this Friday evening against the Kansas City Chiefs. There’s still a lot to play for.

Let’s take a look at the Packers’ wide receiver competition. Which receivers are roster locks, and which players are still competing for a spot on the 53?

Which Packers wide receivers are roster locks?

Allen Lazard, Randall Cobb, Romeo Doubs, and Christian Watson are all roster locks. It would be a major shock if any of this group didn’t make the 53-man roster, barring injury.

Lazard will begin the season as Green Bay’s WR1, Cobb is a trusted slot option, while Doubs and Watson are rookies. Doubs has also been one of the stars of the preseason.

Which Packers wide receivers will likely make the roster?

All signs seem to point to Sammy Watkins making the initial 53, and likely starting for Green Bay. While we can’t rule out the possibility of Watkins being a surprise cut, he will likely make the roster.

Amari Rodgers hasn’t had a great summer, although he has shown improvements on special teams. Rodgers will likely return punts and be used as a gadget player on offense. He was also a third-round pick only one year ago, making it unlikely the Packers cut him.

Who is competing for a roster spot?

This is where it gets interesting.

Juwann Winfree has impressed this summer and has a great shot at making the 53. Winfree led the Packers in receiving in the second preseason game and has received praise from Aaron Rodgers this summer, which helps his chances of making the roster.

Seventh-round pick Samori Toure is in contention for a roster spot. He has made some great plays this summer, but has he done enough to make the 53? Only time will tell.

The Packers have a tough choice to make with Danny Davis, who has been impressive. They may hope to get him back on the practice squad, but there’s a chance he gets claimed by another team on waivers.

Travis Fulgham and Ishmael Hyman are the other receivers currently on the roster, but it’s unlikely either will make the initial 53.