This past week, the Green Bay Packers lost two of their most valuable wide receivers in Randall Cobb and James Jones. Both sustained knee injuries that were serious enough to keep them sidelined and walking very gingerly.
Yesterday, head coach Mike McCarthy talked about both Cobb and Jones’ injuries. He told reporters that Cobb would miss between 4-8 weeks with a broken right fibula. Jones, on the other hand, may have a chance to play this week against the Cleveland Browns. Jones was diagnosed with a sprained posterior cruciate ligament that seems to not be serious enough to keep him out more than a week.
Regardless of if Jones can play or not, Cobb’s absence will still be a huge loss. Second year man Jarrett Boykin will see a lot of action while Cobb is out, but Boykin struggled dearly against the Baltimore Ravens. On numerous occasions he dropped passes from Aaron Rodgers. What made it worse was that Boykin dropped passes that could’ve gone for large amounts of yards.
The Packers signed Reggie Dunn back to the practice squad, and he may get a chance to be put on the field if Boykin cannot produce. However, I believe there is a veteran receiver sitting at home that can be productive for this team. That player is Braylon Edwards.
Edwards, a nine-year veteran from the University of Michigan, has been traveling team to team in the NFL for the past few seasons. In the last three years, he has been a part of three different teams (San Francisco 49ers, New York Jets, Seattle Seahawks). In those three seasons, Edwards has only accumulated one touchdown reception and has seemed to hit the decline. However, I think he can produce for the Packers.
It has been seen in many sports that when a player joins a contending team, his game rises. I believe this could be the case for Edwards. The Packers need a receiver that can be reliable catching the ball, and Edwards can do that. With Rodgers at the helm and an organization known for success, Edwards may be able to shine in Green Bay and get back to his old self.