The feeling in Green Bay is that, with the depth on the roster at wide receiver, the Packers will keep six receivers on the 53-man roster after final roster cuts.
That's high praise coming from a quarterback who, just a few seasons ago, had the pleasure of progressing through his reads with Greg Jennings, Jordy Nelson, James Jones, Randall Cobb, Donald Driver and Jarrett Boykin, the six receivers Green Bay had on its roster in 2012, as options.
“It might not be the big names like we had in the past when we had the whole stable of guys, but I think you could definitely see us keeping six guys there in that position because we are pretty deep group,” Rodgers told Wilde.
The Packers currently have 10 receivers on the 90-man roster, including Nelson, Cobb, Boykin, rookies Davante Adams (Round 2), Jared Abbrederis (Round 5) and Jeff Janis (Round 7) and 2013 holdovers Kevin Dorsey, Alex Gillett, Chris Harper and Myles White.
Chances are good that Adams, Abbrederis and Janis slot into spots four through six, which Rodgers said are really "wide open." But they'll have to beat out players like Harper and White who have spent time on the 53-man roster.
Those six players bring skill sets that will allow for creative play-calling by Mike McCarthy and room for improvisation from Rodgers.
"We move our players around. That's the beauty of our receiver group that I've talked about time and time again," McCarthy said in early 2013, per Jim Owczarski of OnMilwaukee.com.
"They give us great flexibility in game planning as far as taking away tendencies of who's in the slot, who's in the 1 spot and so forth. The route trees are diverse—one guy doesn't just run just three routes and one guy doesn't just line up in the number two position," he continued.
To continue lining his receivers up all over the field, McCarthy will want to consider the following six players for his final roster.