4. Wide Receiver Three
The Packers are relying on third-year man Geronimo Allison and three rookies to fill the third receiver spot. Allison has the most chemistry with Rodgers, but he’s no lock. All three of the rookies have high ceilings that could earn them playing time over Allison. One piece that the team brought in to help ease the need for a star third receiver is Jimmy Graham, who can be used as a receiver.
In today’s NFL, offenses operate with three wide receiver sets as the standard. This increases the need for the Packers to have a consistent third receiver for Rodgers. Allison has had few opportunities in his first two seasons to show off his full skill-set. While he has flashed on occasion, he has been rather inconsistent at times. He has only a career catch percentage of 56.75. Due to these inconsistencies, the door is open for these rookies to jump and snatch the job away from him.
J’Mon Moore has speed to burn, which is a feature this offense has lacked for several years. Moore’s ability to take the top off of a defense would open up space for players underneath, such as Randall Cobb and Graham.
Fellow Rookie Marquez Valdes-Scantling is an intriguing prospect with his combination of size and speed. At 6-foot-5 with 4.37 speed, he poses a similar threat as Moore with his downfield ability. He’s rawer and needs time to develop.
Equanimeous St. Brown is the dark-horse of the group. However, with modern NFL receiver size at 6-foot-5, 214 pounds, he could quickly earn his way onto the field. Many people viewed him as a steal when he was drafted in the sixth round. He fell that far for a reason though, as he struggled with consistency in college.