The Green Bay Packers don’t need seven receivers.
Training camp has begun, which means that most every Packers writer on the internet has published their tentative 53-man roster prediction. It’s early for this and things will of course change, but wide receiver is the one position that I find myself disagreeing most with in these projections.
Some projections foresee the Packers keeping seven receivers on the opening roster.
The Packers have a bevy of candidates for wide receiver playing time after the starting trio. In addition to returning players Trevor Davis, Jeff Janis and Geronimo Allison, the team drafted DeAngelo Yancey and Malachi Dupre. Plus, there’s three undrafted free agents and second-year pickup Max McCaffrey.
Despite this abundance of options, the Packers should resist the urge to overstock the wide receiver cupboard.
They should carry no more than six receivers into Week 1. And when Allison rejoins the team after his Week 1 suspension, the Packers should cut a receiver to keep that number at or below six.
There are only 53 spots available on the roster. Keeping more than six receivers will leave the Packers vulnerable at other positions.
The Packers are a decade past the days of employing a “Big 5″ receiver set circa 2007. They play primarily three receiver sets, occasionally four. Nelson, Cobb and Adams don’t need to sit out plays for rest as is the case along the defensive front seven.
If they want to play five pass catching options, Martellus Bennett and Lance Kendricks will be better options than rookies such as Dupre or Yancey.
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