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5 Green Bay Packers Rookies Who Can Make Greatest Impact in 2014

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Green Bay Packers
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Earlier in the offseason the Green Bay Packers drafted some talented players and signed a few undrafted players who are showing promise. Two notable receivers, Jared Abbrederis and Colt Lyerla, have both sustained season-ending injuries. However, there are still five rookies who are set to make an impact on the Packers' 2014 campaign.

5. Richard Rodgers

Richard Rodgers Green Bay Packers
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5. Richard Rodgers

Richard Rodgers Green Bay Packers
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Although there are arguably two tight ends ahead of him in the depth chart in Andrew Quarless and Brandon Bostick, Rodgers might be the best receiver of all three. Quarless is a very well rounded tight end but has no jaw-dropping skills. Bostick is a capable receiver but his blocking is his best attribute. Rodgers however, has some very soft hands and has the potential to help the Packers' passing game this season.

4. Jayrone Elliott

Jayrone Elliott Green Bay Packers
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4. Jayrone Elliott

Jayrone Elliott Green Bay Packers
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Jayrone Elliott is not by any means an absolute lock to make the starting roster of the Packers this year, but with three sacks against the St. Louis Rams, he is making a great case for himself. He has shown speed and explosiveness on the line, and with the production of B.J. Raji and Datone Jones being very uncertain this year, keeping some young talent around could be a great insurance policy for the defensive line.

3. Jeff Janis

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3. Jeff Janis

Jeff Janis Green Bay Packers
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Jeff Janis showed his amazing speed against the Rams on Saturday. He caught a short pass, then turned on the jets to hit the sideline before making a bee-line to the end zone. He is demonstrating the fact that his Div II college career means nothing with regard to his potential in the NFL. In addition to his receiving he has been proficient in returning punts so far in the offseason. Janis was a great seventh-round pick and has great potential.

2. Davante Adams

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2. Davante Adams

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Davante Adams led the NCAA in receptions in 2013 in his last year at Fresno State. He has among the sharpest routes and softest hands of drafted receivers this year. Although he had a couple of fumbles in the first game against the Titans, his receiving has been solid and the coaching staff seems to have faith in him. Adams and Janis could both potentially have great impacts on the Packers' offense this year.

1. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

Ha Ha Clinton Dix Green Bay Packers
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1. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Green Bay Packers
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The former Alabama safety has shown himself to be a sharp young defensive back with great tackling and a knack for diagnosing plays. He and Micah Hyde are among the young safeties on the Packers defense. While Hyde is the frontrunner to start alongside Morgan Burnett, having Clinton-Dix as a backup gives Dom Capers the freedom to use Hyde at corner when needed and possibly replace Burnett if his performance is unsatisfactory.

Chris Langton is a writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Langtron57, “Like” him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google.