Alright, maybe there aren’t 18 receivers on the Green Bay Packers roster, but it sure as hell feels like it.
The Packers drafted three receivers earlier this month — Davante Adams, Jared Abbrederis and Jeff Janis. Those guys will be thrown in with the three remaining guys who are more or less guaranteed roster spots — Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb and Jarrett Boykin.
Then you’ve got the other holdovers, who have more or less been forgotten, but should have just as much claim to a roster spot as the guys who just got drafted. They are Myles White, Chris Harper and Kevin Dorsey.
That’s nine receivers on the roster, not counting any riff raff the Packers might have picked up off the street.
At most, six of these guys are going to make the roster. Barring injury, four of those spots are already sewn up. In addition to last year’s top three holdovers, Adams gets one for being a second-round pick. So five guys for two spots.
“I don’t know if we’ve ever had as competitive as that as far as if you go just off pure evaluation of players coming into your program and aligning them with the players that are already here,” said Packers coach Mike McCarthy.
Let’s whip out the nine-receiver set and confuse the hell out of everyone! Unstoppable!
Anyway, that’s a fairly bold statement considering the Packers have had some pretty stacked receiver groups. As recently as two seasons ago they had a group of Nelson, Cobb, Boykin, James Jones, Greg Jennings and Donald Driver.
While this is great for paying lip service to competition and what have you, it’s not so great for when the Packers inevitably find themselves with a rash of hamstring injuries at another position. Then someone is going to be like, “Well, shit. If we only had one more [insert position here] instead of NINE fucking receivers!”
But hey, just think of that nine-receiver set. Thats’ what Big Mike does at night when he touches himself.