3 Green Bay Packers Rookies Who Should See Time vs. the Carolina Panthers
It seems that every year, Ted Thompson brings in another impressive crop of talented rookies. This year is no different.
However, those rookies oftentimes fail to see the field due to the depth of the Packers' roster at each position.
Still though, however few in number, there are several rookies impressive enough to see an adequate amount of playing time.
Here are the three Packer rookies that will see the field a few times vs. the Carolina Panthers.
D.J. Smith, LB
Personally, I was elated to see Ted Thompson select D.J. Smith in the sixth round of the draft.
Thompson hit big on another sixth round linebacker (Desmond Bishop) and he hopes to do the same with Desmond Bishop.
While production doesn't always translate to success in the NFL, Smith had 525 tackles in college despite not starting every game in his four-year career.
Smith had two tackles last week, and will see time on special teams and maybe even the field if either Bishop or Hawk come out of the game.
Alex Green, RB
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Though Ryan Grant and James Starks are locked into a timeshare at RB, I was surprised that Green didn't get a carry or even catch a pass in last week's game.
If the lead gets large vs. the Panthers (which is a possibility, not a foregone conclusion), McCarthy could experiment and send out the Hawaii product on third down to see how well he handles it.
Even if that doesn't happen, Green might still get a few carries.
Randall Cobb, WR
If you haven't already seen it, watch the video and tell me Randall Cobb isn't electric with the ball in his hands.
Though buried on the depth chart, Cobb will be able to contribute as both a receiver and return man.
There's no doubt that with the extended week the Packers' coaches worked with Cobb on route-running and following directions.
Cobb will see some time in the slot and could even have another score to boost his new-found Rookie of the Year campaign.