this Monday, June 6, 2016 file photo, Green Bay Packers wide
receiver Randall Cobb (18) and wide receiver Davante Adams (17)
participate in drills during an NFL football practice in Green
Bay, Wis. Itís a toss-up at receiver for the Green Bay Packers
after Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb. Itís a toss-up at
receiver for the Green Bay Packers after Jordy Nelson and
Randall Cobb. After Nelson and Cobb, the Packers have lots of
options. Jared Abbrederis and Davante Adams are both entering
their third seasons, while Ty Montgomery is going into his
GREEN BAY ó After
Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb, it's a toss-up at receiver for the
Green Bay Packers.
The Packers' final
preseason game on Thursday against the Kansas City Chiefs could help
sort out the pecking order to catch passes this fall from two-time MVP
quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
"The good news
is we have another preseason game to give guys an opportunity to go
out there and do it the right way and make plays and make the most of
their opportunity," offensive coordinator Edger Bennett said.
"That competition is extremely high right now in that room."
There is little need
for the Packers to risk playing their stars against the Chiefs, even
with Nelson coming back from a knee injury. Rodgers isn't expected to
Nelson returned to
practice last week. He took part in 11-on-11 drills on Tuesday, at one
point breaking off cornerback Robertson Daniel at the goal line to
catch a back-shoulder throw from Rodgers for a touchdown.
Bay Packers wide receiver Trevor Davis misses a pass from
quarterback Joe Callahan as San Francisco 49ers strong safety
Jaquiski Tartt, left, and defensive back Jimmie Ward, right,
defend during the first half of an NFL preseason football game
Friday, Aug. 26, 2016, in Santa Clara, Calif.
It looked like a
vintage Rodgers-to-Nelson play.
"The key for him
I think will be to continue to get in shape. Because the thing you
always love about Jordy is when he's feeling good, he doesn't come out
many plays," Rodgers said Tuesday.
In his most recent
full season in 2014, Nelson would regularly go 75 snaps, which is a
lot considering that the Packers like to speed up the tempo on
"It's just going
to be him getting into football shape, and really all of us get into a
groove together. But I mean he's looked great," Rodgers said.
So has Cobb, who
powered his way into the zone for a touchdown catch from Rodgers last
week against San Francisco.
After Nelson and
Cobb, the Packers have lots of options.
Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams misses a pass from
quarterback Joe Callahan as San Francisco 49ers cornerback Keith
Reaser (27) defends during the first half of an NFL preseason
football game Friday, Aug. 26, 2016, in Santa Clara, Calif.
Jared Abbrederis and
Davante Adams are both entering their third seasons, while Ty
Montgomery is going into his second year. Each receiver has had
impressive moments, especially Adams, who started 23 games over the
previous two seasons.
But Abbrederis, Adams
and Montgomery have each their own bouts with injuries that have
limited production and snaps.
It seems they've had
a healthy competition in training camp. It's not about counting
catches in practice, or whether one receiver has made more big plays
than the others, Adams said.
"No, that's not
how I approach any practice. It's not about getting ahead of this guy
or that guy. It's about continuing to be consistent," Adams said.
"Because I feel like if I'm consistent, then that's what the
coaches will go off of and my teammates."
Adams has the most
experience. He started opposite Cobb in the third preseason against
the 49ers with Nelson held out.
Montgomery might have
the most flexibility, with a skill set comparable to Cobb, who can
line up all over the field.
"I don't know if
that predicts anything as far as where I'm going to end up,"
Montgomery said, "but I do think my skill set helps me on the
impressed Rodgers with his route-running and attention to detail. They
were Abbrederis' strengths going back to his days as a former walk-on
Now if he can stay
healthy, Abbrederis might play a bigger role in an offense looking to
get past a subpar 2015 season.
"He works every
single day, and he's always kind of in my hip pocket, or Jordy's or
Randall's hip pocket, asking good questions and he's had a great
camp," Rodgers said. "I'm really proud of him."
NOTES: WR Jeff Janis
did not wear a protective wrap around his broken right hand, but was
limited to non-contact drills. "Yeah. If I'm doing any kind of
contact or something like that, they want me to wear it," Janis
said. He is a speedster best known for catching a desperation pass
from Rodgers for a touchdown in last year's playoff loss to Arizona.
But that momentum hasn't carried over to training camp. Still, Janis'
job may be safe because he is one of the Packers' best players on
special teams. ... In getting to the 75-man roster limit on Tuesday,
the Packers released WR Harvey Binford. They also placed the following
players on injured reserve: TE Kennard Backman, RB John Crockett, C
Jacob Flores, TE Mitchell Henry and G Josh Walker. ... The Packers
have a new punter after claiming Jacob Schum off waivers from the
Tampa Bay Buccaneers and releasing veteran Tim Masthay.
Players cleared by NFL in PEDs
NFL stars James Harrison, Clay Matthews and
Julius Peppers can start the regular season without having the
specter of a league investigation over whether they used
performance-enhancing drugs hanging over their heads.
The NFL cleared all three players on Wednesday, saying there was
"no credible evidence" the players were guilty of any of the
claims made in a documentary by Al-Jazeera America in January.
An NFL statement said "the investigation involved witness
interviews, a review of relevant records and other materials,
electronic research, and laboratory analysis and review."
The league threatened Harrison, Matthews, Peppers and free agent
Mike Neal with indefinite suspensions if they did not meet with
All of them were mentioned in an Al-Jazeera television interview
with Charlie Sly, who worked as an intern at an anti-aging
In the December report, Sly made claims of PED use by several
athletes, including Harrison, Peyton Manning and the three
others, but later recanted his claims.
NFLPA attorney Heather McPhee sent a letter to the NFL earlier
this month of accusing it of trying to "bully and publicly
shame" Harrison without offering evidence beyond a brief mention
in the Al-Jazeera interview.
McPhee's letter said Harrison would meet with the NFL at 5 p.m.
Aug. 30 at the team's facility, and would only discuss the
portion of the Al-Jazeera interview that mentioned the 14-year
The five-time Pro Bowl linebacker initially insisted NFL
commissioner Roger Goodell come to Harrison's house to conduct
the interview in person, though he later backed off.
"When it comes down to it I want to play," Harrison said before
a nearly hour-long meeting last week. "But it's certain rules
and things that they need to go through that they didn't even go
through just to even start an investigation. So, like I said
before I don't have a problem with doing an interview. Come to
my house. Bring Roger with you."
Harrison eventually had the meeting before the NFL's deadline as
did Matthews and Peppers.
claim punter Jacob Schum from Bucs, boot Masthay
GREEN BAY ó The
Green Bay Packers have a new punter after claiming Jacob Schum off
waivers from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and releasing veteran Tim
General manager Ted
Thompson made the move on Tuesday, two days after Tampa released
Schum. The second-year player averaged 41.9 yards per punt last
season for the Bucs, playing in all 16 games.
appearance for the Packers will likely come in Thursday night's
preseason finale against the Kansas City Chiefs.
The release of
Masthay came a day after he had seemingly won the punting job when
the Packers released Green Bay native Peter Mortell. Masthay played
in 96 regular-season games for Green Bay since 2010, averaging 44.2
yards on 390 punts.
acquire linebacker McCray in trade with Packers
N.Y. ó The Buffalo Bills have acquired linebacker Lerentee
McCray in trade with the Green Bay Packers.
In exchange, the
Bills gave up an undisclosed pick in the 2018 draft. The trade was
completed Tuesday, a few hours before Buffalo was required to cut
15 players to meet the NFL's 75-player roster limit.
At 6-foot-3 and
249 pounds, McCray spent his first two seasons with Denver before
signing with Green Bay this past offseason. He was used mostly on
special teams in 24 games with the Broncos.
The Bills have
lacked depth at outside linebacker. Rookie first-round pick Shaq
Lawson had shoulder surgery in May and will miss at least the
first month of the season. Backup IK Enempkali sustained a
season-ending knee injury two weeks ago.