Green Bay Packers: Why Donald Driver Will Win the Starting Job at WR
The 14-year veteran Donald Driver finds himself in a battle at training camp for the third wide receiver spot. On a pass happy team like the Packers, the third spot at wide receiver is an important one and you are virtually a starter.
Though Driver has been a Packer his entire career, new talent has risen and the Packers are stacked with solid receivers. Driver is going up against James Jones and Randall Cobb for the position.
He will have to continue to prove himself to earn his keep. Here are four reasons Driver will win the job.
4. Best Knowledge of Offense
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Driver has been a Packer his entire career and has played under the Coach Mike McCarthy's offense for seven years now. He knows it better than he knows the back of his hand.
He also has been there from the beginning of the Aaron Rodgers era. He knows all of his audibles and reads he may make before the play.
The Packers offense is something Driver knows the ins and outs of, that will help him to win the position.
3. James Jones' Unsure Hands
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One of Driver's competitors, James Jones, has a big problem with holding on to passes. That will make Driver look like an even better candidate for the job.
Jones is a solid receiver, there is a reason why he has a shot at the job. However, Jones had six drops last season and his drops sometimes came in crucial moments to hurt the team.
Driver's sure hands should give him a better chance at the job.
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Driver is one of the most tough and durable players in the league. He does not always play at 100%, but he does play and contributes.
He is a well-conditioned receiver and shows strength on many occasions with his tackle breaking. Driver has not missed more than one game in a season due to injury since 2001. The Packers can always count on Driver to show up on Sundays, literally and figuratively.
1. Great Hands
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Driver has had some of the best hands in the league for the past decade. He was able to consistently absorb Brett Favre's bullets for years, now he has continued to inhale Rodgers passes.
Though he is not a deep threat, he has the effectiveness of a tight end when it comes to short yardage situations. Rodgers can throw it to him in tight windows and most of the time he comes out with the ball.
His sure hands will be the attribute that propels him most to becoming the third receiver.