With the Green Bay Packers prepared to part ways with veteran wide receiver Greg Jennings by letting him walk in free agency next month, the speculation has began as to which receiver will take his place as the number one option in the passing game.
Although the Packers are losing Donald Driver to retirement and Jennings to free agency, Green Bay still has one of the most talented receiving corps in the league. With Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb and James Jones, the Packers won’t miss a beat in the passing game with plenty of viable options for Aaron Rodgers in the passing game.
Jones recently spoke out about his role with the team and that he’s ready to take over as the number one option. Jones also spoke about the Packers potentially have three wide receivers racking up 1,000 or more yards next season via Dan Hanzus of NFL.com:
“I think a 100-catch receiver is gone out of our offense just because Aaron (Rodgers) spreads the ball around so much,” he said. “If anybody had a shot to get 100 catches, I’d probably say Randall because he’s in the slot and he’ll probably get a lot more targets.
“I can see me, Jordy and Randall getting about 80 catches a piece. I can see us all having over 1,000 yards.”
It remains to be seen how well the passing game and Rodgers will hold up without Jennings downfield for an entire season. The Packers got a taste of a depleted receiving corps in 2012 with Jennings out for most of the season with injury and players in and out of the lineup battling injuries as well, but the team was able to play well and ultimately make it back into the playoffs once again.
The triple threat of Nelson, Cobb and Jones is potentially lethal in Green Bay. The Packers may be the deepest team in the league at the wide receiver position with one of the best quarterbacks in the game under center.