Morning Buzz: Can young wide receivers get up to speed?
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We’ll start with Tom Silverstein’s look at the young wide receivers and the need for them to grow up quickly.
Over the years, there have been countless offseason MVPs who found themselves buried on the depth chart a week into training camp.
“It’s one thing to beat a guy right away and get wide open and catch the ball, but can they catch in traffic, can they catch with a guy hanging on them, can they extend and reach out and really pluck the ball and finish plays?” offensive coordinator Joe Philbin said. “That’s something that’s a little hard to gauge at this point.”
Not since Greg Jennings was drafted in 2006 has a Packers rookie receiver transitioned to the pro game quickly enough to be able to play all three receiver positions (flanker, split end and slot) and then put up two 100-yard receiving games in the first five weeks of the regular season.
Others like Davante Adams and James Jones had reasonably good starts, but production from all of the three tailed off at the end of the year. Jennings (45 receptions for 632 yards and three touchdowns) and Jones (47 receptions for 676 yards and two touchdowns) had the best rookie seasons of all the Packers’ top receivers selected during the Mike McCarthy era.
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