Morning Buzz: Witten thinks Bryant ends up in Green Bay
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We’ll start with Michael Cohen’s look at how contributing on special teams is the quickest path to seeing the field for the rookie wide receivers.
A year ago, the overwhelming majority of reps at wide receiver belonged to Davante Adams (74.1 percent playing time), Jordy Nelson (77 percent), Randall Cobb (70.9 percent) and Geronimo Allison (32.8 percent) even though six receivers populated the roster most of the season. The other two players, Jeff Janis and Trevor Davis, had to contribute on special teams to justify their spots on the team. Janis played only 4.8 percent of snaps on offense compared to 59.3 percent on special teams, while Davis played 9.8 percent on offense and 41 percent on special teams.
This year’s rookies compare favorably with Janis in terms of height, weight and speed. Janis, a former seventh-round pick, stood 6 feet 3 inches, weighed 219 pounds and ran the 40-yard dash in 4.42 seconds. He was strong enough to disengage from double teams as a gunner in punt coverage and, in 2015, averaged 29 yards per kickoff return with a long of 70 yards.
It stands to reason, then, that the trio of Moore (6-2½, 206, 4.53), Valdes-Scantling (6-4, 202, 4.38) and St. Brown (6-4½, 218, 4.47) could produce at least one quality special teamer after Janis signed with the Cleveland Browns in free agency.
“They’re big, they’re physical, they can run, they have longer levers,” McCarthy said. “I’m sure there will be a number of positions that we’ll give them an opportunity to compete at.”
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