Former Green Bay Packers safety Darren Sharper, who is now an analyst on NFL Network, found himself in a discussion a couple of days ago about which team has the best three wide receivers. Even though the numbers last season stacked up against him, Sharper stuck to his guns when he picked the Packers as the best in the league.
Sharper insisted Green Bay’s trio of Jordy Nelson, James Jones and Randall Cobb are hands down the best, and it is not even close.
The following is an excerpt of Sharper explaining the reasoning behind his decision:
“A lot of people say the Denver Broncos, but I’m going with the Green Bay Packers,” Sharper said, according to NFL.com. “You look at the production of these guys in their best years. Jordy Nelson has had over 1,200 yards, multiple touchdown catches, over ten. You look at James Jones, a guy who can do it all, not just a possession receiver. Led the league in touchdown catches last year. But the biggest difference to me is Randall Cobb. Not a one-trick pony. A guy who can do multiple things at the receiver position. Was one of the leaders in the league in all-purpose yards. Another thing, Ted Thompson always brings diamonds in the rough. They got a kid named Charles Johnson, a seventh-round guy, big receiver. Kevin Dorsey, another seventh-round pick. They look to be helpful players in this upcoming year.”
There is no question that the addition of Wes Welker in Denver, along with Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas, proves to be a top-notch group of wide receivers. However, there is certainly chemistry to consider. Even though the three players combined for 3,852 yards last season (Welker with the New England Patriots), it still does not mean that they will be able to put up similar numbers in 2013.
Nelson and Jones have been with quarterback Aaron Rodgers for a long time, with Cobb going into his third year in the system. These guys know exactly what the other is thinking at all times, which is why they have been considered the best for several years. Obviously, the loss of No. 1 wide receiver Greg Jennings hurts, but it will also give Cobb more time on the field. The Swiss Army knife that is Cobb will have more chances than ever to pick apart defenses in the upcoming season.
I personally have hopes for Green Bay’s receiver staff, which includes tight end Jermichael Finley. The Packers have an opportunity to do great things, especially since they have the best signal caller in the NFL lining up behind center. As long as the group of men train hard, study hard and work hard on game day, there is no reason why they cannot conquer on any given Sunday.