The Green Bay Packers made a calculated decision when they allowed wide receiver James Jones to leave for the Oakland Raiders after signing a three-year deal with the team on a free agent contract.
It hurt to let Jones go. After all, he spent seven seasons in Green Bay and became one of the most likable, consistent players on the team. Yet, in the world of the salary cap, you can’t pay everybody and unfortunately for Jones, the Packers have bigger priorities at receiver with Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb, seeing their contracts expire at the end of the 2014 season.
Therefore, the money Jones wanted and eventually got from the Raiders was just more than the Packers were able to afford with the big bucks they will need to invest to keep both Nelson and Cobb.
Jones departure has provided and opportunity for young wide outs on the Packers roster, namely for players like Jarrett Boykin and Myles White. Of course, even novice Packer fans know about Boykin, who filled in amicably for Jones last season, hauling in 49 passes for 681 yards and three touchdowns.
Boykin will be the favorite to win the no.3 WR job in Green Bay and will be counted on to be a major contributor in 2014. However, even though the top three on the Packers depth chart looks solid with Boykin, Cobb and Nelson, we all know that injuries happen in the NFL and the Packers are going to need more than three receivers to make it through the season.
Currently, the leading candidate on the roster to win the no.4 spot on the receiver depth-chart in second-year man Myles White, who came to Green Bay as a rookie free agent last season.
White, is a 6-foot, 182-pound speed demon, who ran the forty-yard-dash in 4.3 seconds. He had a solid college career that began at Michigan State but ended at Louisiana Tech, where White caught 86 passes for 1,132 yards and two touchdowns over the 2011-2012 seasons.
White started out the 2013 season on the Packers practice squad but following injuries to Jones and Cobb, he was forced into action and posted nine receptions in seven games, including five receptions for 35 yards in a Sunday Night game against the Vikings.
With all the changes at the wide receiver position, Green Bay will need young talent to emerge and White will be looking to take advantage of that opportunity much like Boykin did in 2013, after making the roster as an undrafted free agent himself back in 2012.
Boykin had the talent to play in the NFL, he just needed the opportunity to prove he could contribute. Now White, who has already shown flashes of potential, will be given that same chance to prove himself.
According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, White is working out at the Michael Johnson Performance center in Texas during the offseason and has already added seven pounds to his frame, without sacrificing any of his 4.3 speed.
White, who still views himself as a deep threat first, knows the chance that lies ahead of him, even if the Packers end up drafting a wide receiver in the 2014 NFL Draft, another receiver will still need to emerge and the former Louisiana Tech product is going to do everything possible to seize his opportunity.
“I want to continue that reputation as the best receiving corps in the NFL,” White told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. “I honestly believe that we have that. We have strong leaders such as Jordy and Randall and ‘Boyk.’ The competition’s high. You’ve got to bring your A-game every day.”