The Green Bay Packers have watched wide receivers Greg Jennings (free agency), James Jones (free agency) and Donald Driver (retire) leave the past two seasons but that doesn’t mean the receiving corps has dropped in status.
“That group has the most depth we’ve ever had in training camp,” McCarthy said.
Considering the Packers have always had a deep receiving corps with Rodgers, that says something.
The Packers took steps this past NFL Draft to keep the receiving corps strong when they picked Davante Adams (second round), Jared Abbrederis (fifth round) and Jeff Janis (seventh round).
Abbrederis, from Wisconsin, suffered a torn ACL early in training camp and is out for the season, but Adams and Janis each have good chances to make the team.
Adams, from Fresno State, is basically a lock and is expected to be the No. 4 receiver, although he is battling a wrist injury he suffered last week at Tennessee in the preseason opener. McCarthy says he’s day-to-day.
Janis, from Saginaw Valley State, missed about the first week of camp with shingles but since his debut at camp he looks better than a seventh-round pick. He’s been making plays day after day and drew the praise of McCarthy on Tuesday.
“Jeff Janis has made a play every day he’s been out there,” McCarthy said. “He looks good. Hopefully, we can get him fully cleared by the medical staff for Saturday (against the St. Louis Rams). I really like what he’s done so far.”
Training camp is one thing and preseason games are another, especially for rookies. Can Janis take his practice performance to a preseason game?
It’s also possible the Packers keep six receivers and if they do White has the edge on that battle as he at least saw game action a year ago while the others did not.