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Grade for performance in 2013: B
Grade for potential in 2014: A
Even with injuries at their positions and also at quarterback, the receiver corp as a whole had a better than average year in catching the ball.
The receivers were led by Jordy Nelson, who had the best season of his career. Nelson had 85 receptions for 1,314 yards and eight touchdowns and caught just about everything thrown in his direction.
James Jones chipped in with 59 catches for 817 yards and three touchdowns. Jones ended up leaving the Packers this offseason via free agency.
Randall Cobb only played in six games because of a broken leg, but he was electric when he played, as he had 31 receptions for 433 yards and four touchdowns. Second-year receiver Jarrett Boykin had a breakthrough year, as he had 49 catches for 681 yards and three touchdowns.
Rookie receiver Myles White also had seven receptions.
At tight end, Jermichael Finley was having the best season of his career, as he had 25 catches for 300 yards and three touchdowns in six games, before suffering a season-ending neck injury.
Andrew Quarless filled in capably for Finley, as he had 32 catches for 312 yards and two touchdowns. Brandon Bostick also flashed some ability at tight end, with seven catches for 120 yards and a touchdown before he went on injured reserve (foot).
Ryan Taylor also got a few looks at tight end, but that was mostly in running situations.
The Packers ended up finishing sixth in the NFL in passing in 2013.
The outlook at both wide receiver and tight end is very promising in 2014. The Packers buffered the loss of Jones to free agency by drafting three talented wide receivers (Davante Adams, Jared Abbrederis and Jeff Janis) in the 2014 NFL draft. All three could make the final roster this year.
There are still questions about the availability of Finley because of his neck injury, but the Packers look well-stocked at tight end anyway. The team still has all of their tight ends, besides Finley, available to play in 2014 (which includes Jake Stoneburner), plus the Packers drafted Richard Rodgers of Cal in the third round and signed undrafted rookie Colt Lyerla.
Scout Chris Landry told me that Lyerla is as talented as any of the tight ends in the recent NFL draft, but his success depends on whether he can stay out of trouble off the field.