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Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson will be the go-to guys for Aaron Rodgers.
Aaron Rodgers and his receivers have never experienced life without Greg Jennings and Donald Driver. Now they could be without Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb.
Driver announced his retirement in January after a brilliant career in which he made 743 receptions for 10,137 yards. Jennings has taken his talents to Minnesota after Green Bay let him walk in free agency. Jennings played just eight games in 2012, totaling 36 catches for 366 yards and four scores.
Nelson dealt with a nagging ankle injury most of last season, limiting his production after a career year in 2011. ESPN's Adam Schefter tweeted that Nelson underwent a knee procedure Monday to correct a lingering nerve issue and is expected to miss the remainder of the preseason. They are expecting Nelson to be the No. 1 wideout, and if he can remain healthy, he is a tremendous route runner with a penchant for making the clutch reception.
Cobb burst onto the scene in his rookie year, immediately establishing himself as a threat from anywhere on the field. ESPN's Demovsky tweeted that Cobb dropped out of practice with what was later revealed as a bicep injury. The extent of the injury is unknown.
James Jones saw the most action in his seven seasons and turned it into career highs in receptions (64), yards (784) and touchdowns (14). If he can establish himself as a consistent receiver, then it isn't unreasonable to think he can give a repeat performance in 2013.
At this point in the preseason, the Packers are going to award plenty of first team reps for returning depth players like Jarrett Boykin and Jeremy Ross. It will also provide bigger opportunities for seventh round picks Charles Johnson and Kevin Dorsey.
At this point the receiver position is an open competition, and it will be very intriguing to see who steps up.