4. Wide Receiver 3
Geronimo Allison and J’Mon Moore are the main threats to win this job, but there is too much potential at the position to guarantee they do. Players such as Michael Clark, Equanimeous St. Brown and others could have a great offseason and snatch the job. Allison has the most experience of the reserves, but, more importantly, he has some chemistry with Rodgers. We’ve seen in past years how important it is for Rodgers to have trust in his receivers. His connection with the departed Jordy Nelson worked so well because Rodgers trusted Nelson to make the same reads that he was.
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Although Allison has the experience, he lacks the speed factor that the team has needed in recent seasons. This is where Moore would come in. Although he only ran a 4.6 40-yard dash, he plays much quicker than that. He has great straight-line speed and was one of the best deep receivers in the country, as he ranked top-20 in deep yards and receptions.
Clark is one of the most intriguing players at the position at 6-foot-7 with 4.46 speed, but he’s very raw. He’s only played two total seasons of football, not including last year, which was only one year of college football and a freshman high school season. Clark made some splash plays last season down the stretch but will have to prove himself this offseason to show that it wasn’t a fluke.
Marquez Valdes-Scantling is the player with a sneaky shot of winning the spot. At 6-foot-4 with 4.37 speed that rare blend of size and speed is not easily found. He had 22 of his 75 catches go for over 20 yards, which is more than fellow rookie Moore who had 10 and ranked 18th. Coming out of college, he’s close to the opposite of what Davante Adams was when he entered the league. Adams was a polished route-runner without elite speed but great hands. Valdes-Scantling may not win the job, but he will push for playing time.