During training camp, there is always talk about who is performing well and who isn’t. There is constant speculation about who is going to make the team and most of the time it means nothing. The most important thing about training camp for NFL teams is coming out of it healthy. Unfortunately, that is near impossible and the Packers experienced their first serious injury of training camp last week when wide receiver Jared Abbrederis went down with a torn ACL.
The loss of Abbrederis, the Packers fifth-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft hurts. He was a solid prospect that was playing well in camp and was likely going to be the team’s fifth receiver. Yet, now that he is gone, the depth that the Packers accumulated at wide receiver is going to pay off and the one set to benefit the most is second-year man Myles White.
White, who signed with the Packers as an undrafted free agent last season, performed admirably in a few spots last season, catching nine passes for 66 yards.
The former Lousiana Tech prospect has been making plays in training camp and was probably going to force the Packers to make a tough decision at the receiver spot but now that attrition has taken Abbrederis, White is in prime position to be fifth on the receiver depth chart.
White, who is 6-0 and 182-pounds, has solid hands and seems to have improved his game after an offseason of hard work. There are other possible contenders at wide receiver like Rookie Jeff Janis, who hasn’t practiced yet and second-year man Chris Harper, who was a fourth-round pick of Seattle in 2013.
Yet, Harper’s hands have proven to be inconsistent. He has great size and speed for the position and has made his share of big plays in camp but he has also had his share of drops. Janis is an unknown but he has great measureables and probably would make the roster as a seventh-round pick if he shows any promise.
The biggest question facing the Packers will be whether or not they keep six receivers. Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, Jarrett Boykin and Davante Adams are locks, leaving White, Harper and Janis to compete for one or maybe two spots.
Had Abbrederis not gotten hurt, I think the Packers would have been willing to keep six receivers on the 53-man roster but at this point, I don’t think there is enough talent to warrant a sixth receiver. Unless Janis comes back healthy and blows the team away but even then would it be worth keeping White or Harper?
Overall, I like White as a player and think he will end up making the roster. He has proven he can contribute when called upon and will be a productive player if needed. He is smart, quick and has good hands, plus he will be catching balls form Aaron Rodgers, which always helps.
All offseason the Packers depth at wide receiver was a popular topic as we asked will Green Bay keep six wide receivers? But as often happens, injuries sorted things out, washing away some of the depth built up and in the end, White will earn his way onto the Packers 53-man roster because of it.