Here is a look at the Green Bay Packers’ projected depth chart at wide receiver for the start of training camp:
Randall Cobb (5-10, 192; third season): Even while missing a game-and-a-half, Cobb set a franchise record with a league-high 2,342 all-purpose yards. Cobb led the team with 80 receptions for 954 yards, and finished second in catch percentage and fourth in missed tackles. Plus, he averaged 13.2 yards on 10 rushes and scored a touchdown on a punt return for the second consecutive season. Aaron Rodgers said Cobb could catch 100 passes. It’s certainly possible, if Cobb can stay healthy and cut back on his drops. Over the past two seasons, his catch rate of 78.9 percent leads the league’s receivers by a wide margin.
Jordy Nelson (6-3, 217; sixth season): Dogged by a hamstring injury that limited him to 12 games, Nelson went from 68 receptions, 1,263 yards (18.6 average) and 15 touchdowns in 2011 to 49 receptions, 745 yards (15.2 average) and seven touchdowns. Plus, he went from two drops out of 93 targeted passes in 2011 to eight drops out of 71 targets in 2012, and saw his missed tackle count fall from 11 to four. The Packers need him to return to form.
James Jones (6-1, 208; seventh season): Jones went from Mr. Unreliable to Mr. Reliable with a season that earned him mention alongside Don Hutson. He finished with 64 receptions for 784 yards and a league-high 14 touchdown receptions. Jones joined Hutson as the only players in franchise history with three consecutive games with two touchdown catches. He’s entering the final season of a modest three-year, $9.6 million contract.
Jarrett Boykin (6-2, 218; second season): Cut after the rookie camp by the Jaguars, Boykin beat out Tori Gurley and Diondre Borel after a big-time preseason. Among his five catches was a clutch fourth-and-1 grab at Minnesota. He’s a big, tough possession receiver. Beyond the Big Three, Boykin has all 27 yards among the rest of the receivers.
Jeremy Ross (6-0, 215; first season): A roster spot belongs to Ross, as long as he doesn’t drop the ball. He showed immense promise as a returner by averaging 28.7 yards on kickoff returns and 25.8 yards on punt returns in limited action in the regular season. He had three long returns in six quarters. However, he dropped the pass on the botched lateral at Chicago and had the killer turnover at San Francisco. He’s big, fast and a load to bring down.
Myles White (6-0, 182; rookie/UDFA): Lost in the shadow of All-American Quinton Patton at Louisiana Tech, White had a solid senior season with 56 catches for 718 yards and six touchdowns. He ran 4.42 at pro day. With seventh-round picks Kevin Dorsey and Charles Johnson sidelined for offseason practices, White formed an instant chemistry with Aaron Rodgers.
Charles Johnson (6-2, 215; rookie/R-7): In 22 games at Division II Grand Valley State, Johnson finished fifth in school history with 138 receptions for 2,229 yards and second with 31 touchdowns. He practiced just once during the offseason due to an undisclosed injury.
Kevin Dorsey (6-1, 207; rookie/R-7): Dorsey, who caught 18 passes for 311 yards and four touchdowns as Maryland’s quarterback depth chart was obliterated by injuries in 2012, missed all of the offseason practices with an undisclosed injury.
Tyrone Walker (5-10, 191; rookie/UDFA): Walker, signed after trying out at the rookie camp, was a favorite target of rookie quarterback Matt Brown at Illinois State. He finished his career as ISU’s all-time leader in receptions (250), receiving yards (3,565) and receiving touchdowns (32).
Sederrick Cunningham (5-11, 192; rookie/UDFA): Cunningham went undrafted and unsigned in 2012 but joined the Packers before this year’s draft. As a senior at Furman, he caught 17 passes for 340 yards (20.0 average) and four touchdowns, with a 26.7-yard average and a touchdown on kickoff returns.
Alex Gillett (6-1, 214; rookie/UDFA): Gillett was benched as Eastern Michigan’s quarterback early in his senior season and moved to receiver. He earned tryouts with the Redskins (as a receiver) and Chiefs (as a quarterback) before signing with Green Bay. He could stick on the practice squad because he ran some read option and pistol at EMU.
Total: 11. On 2012 opening roster: 6 (Boykin, Cobb, Donald Driver, Greg Jennings, Jones, Nelson).
Final prediction: 6 (Boykin, Cobb, Jones, Nelson, Ross, White).