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Packers’ Receiving Corps Ranked Second Best in NFL

July 20th, 2017

With NFL training camps right around the corner and preseason games set to start in less than a month, sports media outlets are in full blown prediction mode for how the 2017 season will play out. In addition to projecting division champions and award winners, websites and news articles like to rank how successful various teams’ players and position groups will perform in the upcoming year.

According to at least one major outlet, the Packers’ groups of pass catchers looks to be the second best in the league heading into the upcoming season. USA Today placed Green Bay behind only the New York Giants in pass-catching prowess. After overcoming injuries, bouncing back from slumps, and adding new pieces in the offseason, Green Bay’s wide receivers and tight ends could very well pace what should remain an elite offense.

The group will be led by Jordy Nelson, the reigning Comeback Player of the Year who led the league with 14 touchdown receptions a year ago. Those 14 scores went along with more than 1200 yards, placing Jordy in the top ten in nearly every receiving category.

But Nelson was not the only star pass catcher for Green Bay in 2016, and a multifaceted aerial attack should once again be on display this season. Davante Adams overcame a poor sophomore showing with a stellar third year, ranking second in the NFL (behind Nelson) with 12 touchdown catches and falling just three yards short of a 1000 yard campaign. Randall Cobb remains one of the most versatile slot receivers in the game. After battling through injuries last season, he also rebounded with a three touchdown game in the postseason against the Giants.

Where the Packers really improved among their pass catchers was at tight end. Ted Thompson inked a pair of free agents in Martellus Bennett and Lance Kendricks, giving Green Bay a formidable trio of established tight ends. Bennett should fill (and exceed) the void left by Jared Cook’s departure, while Kendricks gives the Packers a chance to utilize more two tight end packages. Toss in the sure-handed Richard Rodgers, and Green Bay’s tight end group is as deep as any in the NFL.

The only team, at least according to USA Today, with a better set of pass catchers than Green Bay was the Giants. Their unit of Odell Beckham, Jr., Brandon Marshall, Sterling Shepard, and rookie tight end Evan Engram gives Eli Manning and the New York offense a large arsenal of weapons.

It’s impossible to predict which team’s receiving unit will be more prolific until the season begins, but the Packers undeniably have the talent to boast one of the top passing offenses in the NFL.

 

USA Today’s full pass catcher rankings, compiled by writer Nate Davis, can be found here.

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