Ranking the Potential of Packers’ Wide Receivers in 2020

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Let’s rank the Green Bay Packers’ wide receivers as if everything will go right for them and they hit their highest potential in the 2020 season.

With the beginning of Training Camp right around the corner, the Green Bay Packers enter with multiple question marks about their wide receiver crew. It was a position that was expected to be addressed heavily in the offseason, unfortunately, their major acquisition of Devin Funchess has opted out due to concerns surrounding COVID.

That leaves the Packers even more shorthanded and scrambling to fill their roster with low-risk gambles. Speaking of gambling, let’s rank their current wide receivers based on potential.

1. Davante Adams

This is a no-brainer. Davante Adams is the sole proven threat on their team and he’ll do all the heavy lifting for this squad. At his peak, he’s a top 3-5 wide receiver in the game today. Put some respect on his name.

2. Allen Lazard

We saw Lazard peak down the stretch last season and show he can be a complementary receiver to Adams. Can he do that an entire season? At 6-foot-5, he’s a big body who can box out smaller defensive backs and high point the ball. He has to refine some of his skills, but the potential is there for him to become an 800-yard receiver.

3. Marquez Valdes-Scantling

I almost put Marquez Valdes-Scantling over Lazard based purely on speed. The 2018 fifth-round pick got off to a good start last season before falling completely off the map. He also has good size and is the lone receiver on this roster who can strike fear into the defense with that speed.

4. Equanimeous St. Brown

Despite entering his third season, we still haven’t seen what Equanimeous St. Brown can do. He has good physical tools and is an exciting young player. Hopefully, 2020 is the year he can get on the field.

5. Darrius Shepherd

Darrius Shepherd was on the practice squad last year, but was pretty exciting in the preseason. With another year of NFL-caliber play under his belt and in Matt LaFleur’s system, he has the potential to be an exciting slot guy for the Packers. Where they’ve zigged with big-bodied receivers, they zagged with the short but quick Shepherd.

6. Reggie Begelton

Maybe Begelton should be higher on this list after dominating the CFL over the last three seasons. He’s certainly one of the exciting buy low, hope for the best additions Green Bay made at the position this season. He has the potential to become a slot receiver with a little burst after the catch.

7. Jake Kumerow

Although he’s somewhat dependable, I’m afraid we’ve seen the 28-year-old Jake Kumerow peak already. And it wasn’t that exciting. He caught a career-high 12 passes for 219 yards and one touchdown. He might be lucky to do that again this season.

8. Malik Turner

Given some real playing time last season for the Seattle Seahawks, Malik Turner hauled in 15 receptions for 245 yards and one touchdown, all the first stats he accrued as an NFL player. Even if he reaches his full potential, he isn’t exactly a game-changer, however, he could be a decent player from the slot.

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9. Darrell Stewart

Darrell Stewart has a lot to prove in the NFL after going undrafted out of Michigan State. Although he was extremely productive in college, it’s unclear if his skills will translate to the next level.